How These Communities Save Energy - and Time for What Matters
"In a growing number of modern-day villages known as cohousing, people are seeking a greater connection with the environment and each other.
Many facets of cohousing - more resource-sharing, efficient use of space, affordability - lend themselves to smart energy use. The originally Danish concept of cohousing has been gaining ground since the 1980s in the United States, which now has more than 150 communities, many touting ecological benefits."
20 Questions and Answers About Cohousing
"Private homes and apartments with common spaces can be supportive, affordable and great for people of all ages. By its nature, cohousing is an efficient way to live. By owning real estate in common and sharing appliances and tools, each household owns less 'stuff.' For example, each household owns 1/43 of the lawnmower and the exercise equipment.
Practical! Also fun, eco-friendly and people-friendly..."
Is Cohousing The Best Solution to Aging Well?
"As more and more of us discover that relationships and experiences are far more rewarding than Mac-Mansions in the suburbs, and as the media continues to report that loneliness and disconnection can cut nearly ten years off of a person’s lifetime, discovering new ways to create a community deserves our attention. A large number of us, baby boomers included, are demanding a better way to live out the remainder of our lives. Instead of merely sitting back and letting our lives unfold by default, cohousing is one way to create a future lifestyle “by design.”
Modern Housing with Village Virtues
"Working families in the United States have many struggles today: expensive child care, not enough time to cook healthy meals, disconnection from nature, a sense of social isolation — what the sociologist Robert Putnam famously called “bowling alone” — and more. Older Americans, a booming population, often end up segregated generationally and in dire need of care and companionship. What if there was a potential salve to all of these struggles? One that was introduced to Americans 25 years ago, but hasn’t yet gone to scale?"