incorporating intentional communities
Cohousing and ecovillages are a significant part of the solution to Australia's housing crisis, addressing the crucial issues of affordability, ecological impact and community building.
Cohousing and ecovillages are small, mainstream, residential projects facilitating and intentional way of living together and doing it better. They include the following features:
These communities are often in higher density residential contexts and can be designed by residents. They use less resources, whether they are completely new construction or retrofits of existing buildings. It is a way to maintain liveability on a smaller, tighter, physical place.
More information is available from the websites and books listed below.
Wikipedia article on cohousing - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cohousing
Cohousing Association of the US - www.cohousing.org
UK Cohousing Network - www.cohousing.org.uk
International Fellowship of Intentional Communities - www.ic.org
Hanson, Chris, Cohousing Handbook, The, 1996. (Amazon)
McCamant, K & Durett, C., Cohousing: A Contemporary Approach To Housing Ourselves, 2nd edn, 1994. (Amazon)
Meltzer, Graham, Sustainable Communty: Learning From The Cohousing Model, 2005 (Amazon)