by Kathryn McCamantThis book is a good introduction to the concept of cohousing, that is, a neighborhood in which residents work together and share large common spaces (as well as common dinners) in order to foster a greater sense of community. The idea of cohousing sounds GREAT, and it's so in-depth that I can't really go into it here, but learning about this kind of community is a must for anyone who wants to raise their kids in a safe neighborhood, get to know their neighbors as people they can count on to be there for them, and live in a more environmentally sustainable way. http://www.cohousing.org/ , the website for The Cohousing Association of the United States, would probably be a great resource for anyone who wants to learn a little of what cohousing is all about before getting the book.
Creating Cohousing was written for an audience who knows nothing about cohousing (like me), and Part 1 explains what it is, how it works, and what the effects of it are. Part 2 details its history in Europe (cohousing began in Denmark) while Part 3 explores current cohousing communities in North America from early communities to ones that are still being built. This book also explains how to start a cohousing community and what you should expect in the design process at the end, so this book remains useful for people who decide after reading it that they want to start their own. The writers themselves are architects who build cohousing communities on the west coast, so you can trust that what you're reading is from a credible source! Also, nearly every page has pictures and/or floorplans for the communities they talk about, and the visual helps a lot.
The reason why I didn't give this book five stars is because it gets kind of dry and repetitive after reading about all the North American cohousing communities (the authors include 15, and each is a chapter long), and I was a bit disappointed that they didn't include some of the failed cohousing communities so that we could see what had gone wrong with those and learn from their mistakes. It also got a bit annoying that the authors seemed to be promoting their own work as if they wanted you to hire them for your cohousing project, but it wasn't that prevalent and I guess it kind of is to be expected. Otherwise, this was a great book.
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|Publisher||New Society Publishers|
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|Book rating||4 (32 votes)