Cohousing information

Quick overview of cohousing

An infographic from Towergate Insurance

Infographic from Towergate Insurance

The chief cohousing source in the UK is undoubtedly

UK Cohousing Network

Cohousing USA is a similar big resource

The US cohousing association

Reading

There are many books on cohousing, but those generally considered to be the most useful have been books by the authors below.  The titles and content have been updated and earlier versions are still available in all good dusty bookshops:

Creating Cohousing: Building Sustainable Communities by McCamant, Kathryn, Durrett, Charles 2011

Senior Cohousing Handbook, 2nd Edition (Senior Cohousing Handbook: A Community Approach to Independent) by Charles Durrett 2009

Other books of interest:

Living Green: Communities that sustain by Jennifer Fosket 2013
Reinventing Community: Stories from the walkways of cohousing by David Wann 2010
Sunnyside Cohousing community: A model for development by Rosalie Dawson
The Cohousing Handbook: Building a place for community by Chris and Kelly Scott-Hanson 2005
The View from #410: when home is Cohousing by Jean K Mason 2010
The village effect: Why Face-to-Face Contact maters by Susan Pinker 2014

Academic work on cohousing can fuel those common house debates:

An academic paper examining ‘aspects of the particular legal environment for a nascent but growing CoHousing movement within the UK’
https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/4295/1/Scott_Hunt_-_Cohousing_for_stages_of_an_aging_Britain.pdf
This paper was commissioned as part of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation programme on A Better Life, which aims to increase our understanding of what can help older people with high support needs now and in the future.
https://www.jrf.org.uk/sites/default/files/jrf/migrated/files/senior-cohousing-communities-full.pdf
https://www.jrf.org.uk/cities-towns-neighbourhoods/loneliness

From other academic sources:
http://www.academia.edu/4402182/Living_together_privately_for_a_cautious_reading_of_cohousing
http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/politicsandpolicy/alternative-housing-could-be-the-answer-to-londons-housing-crisis/
https://www.academia.edu/6590849/The_Lacking_Narrative_Why_Intentional_Community_Members_Choose_To_Live_A_More_Demanding_Lifestyle
https://www.academia.edu/4722409/Supporting_social_contact_design_principles_in_common_areas_of_cohousing_communities
https://www.academia.edu/4710153/Designing_Neighbourhoods_for_Social_Interaction_The_Case_of_Cohousing
http://issuu.com/komlosi.bence/docs/trans_24_housing_norms_vs_real_need

The UK press has been raising awareness of cohousing and indeed some of its many benefits. While we have featured in articles in eg Sunday Times, we do not provide links to such material as it is behind a paywall.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/money/2013/feb/24/co-housing-lifestyle-community
http://www.guardian.co.uk/housing-network/2011/feb/23/housing-associations-cohousing-coops-hanover
http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2010/may/01/cohousing-community-stroud
http://www.guardian.co.uk/sustainable-business/cohousing-business-model-green-living
http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2014/aug/31/copper-lane-review-cohousing-stoke-newington-henley-halebrown-rorrison
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/jun/12/observer-ethical-awards-winners-2014-lancaster-cohousing
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/oct/14/age-of-loneliness-killing-us
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/feb/17/loneliness-report-bigger-killer-obesity-lonely-people
http://www.theguardian.com/science/2014/feb/16/loneliness-twice-as-unhealthy-as-obesity-older-people
http://www.independent.co.uk/property/house-and-home/come-together-could-communal-living-be-the-solution-to-our-housing-crisis-6260020.html?action=gallery&ino=7
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/aug/13/why-cant-be-friends-survey-friendless
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2786753/Want-live-grand-old-age-Drink-beer-play-billiards-claims-researcher.html
http://www.theguardian.com/cities/2014/nov/21/how-to-create-happy-communities-through-co-housing

Cohousing also features in blogs:

Search on ‘cohousing’

http://www.cohousingco.com/blog/
http://cohousing.org/blog/
http://www.midatlanticcohousing.org/cohousing-blog
https://richmondcohousing.com/blog/
https://pdxcommons.com/blog/

And, of course, our blogs on this website! Not to mention our Facebook page!

Some blog articles of interest:

http://www.campaigntoendloneliness.org/blog/financial-costs-of-loneliness/
https://sites.google.com/site/theretrofithastingsonhudson/housing-demographics/cohousing-retrofit-model
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/04/28/1205189/-Life-Is-Easier-With-Friends-Next-Door

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/john-killock/architecture-and-the-effe_b_3115022.html
http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/john-killock/one-of-the-uks-first-experiments-in-cohousing_b_3377756.html
http://oneplanetthriving.com/2014/08/top-5-lessons-for-village/
http://goodtimes.sc/santa-cruz-news/why-not-commons/
http://deliberateneighborhoods.blogspot.com/2011/02/honeysuckle-glen-cohousing-comes-to.html#.VEUfzfldXUU
http://sense-of-creativity.blogspot.com/2010/11/cohousing-community-project-starkville.html
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/updates/balancing-privacy-community-design-cohousing/
https://www.senioradvisor.com/blog/2016/08/senior-cohousing-a-new-trend-in-senior-living/
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kathy-gottberg/is-a-cohousing-community-_b_9535380.html
http://www.geo.coop/blog/importance-cohousing
http://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/home-property/10507447/Digging-the-communal-way

Twitter is also a source of cohousing information, search on the hashtag #cohousing.

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