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Le cohabitat : une démarche humaniste et écologique.
Vivre seul tout en profitant d'avantages collectifs
Some people call them a return to the best of small-town communities. Others say they are like a traditional village or the close-knit neighbourhood where they grew up, while futurists call them an altogether new response to social, economic and environmental challenges of the 21st century. Each holds a piece of the truth. Cohousing is a concept that came to North America in 1988 from Denmark where it emerged over 25 years ago. It describes neighbourhoods that combine the autonomy of private dwellings with the advantages of shared resources and community living.
Cohousing communities balance the traditional advantages of home ownership with the benefits of shared common facilities and ongoing connections with your neighbors. These cooperative neighborhoods are one of the most promising solutions to many of today's most challenging social and environmental concerns. If you are new to the cohousing concept, take a look at What is Cohousing? and our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) of interest.
The Cohousing Resources - Cohousing started in Denmark in the early seventies when dual income professionals were searching for better daycare and a safer neighborhood. It has matured into a intergenerational mix of family types, attractive to young families, single parents, as well as retired couples and singles. Nearly 200 projects have been completed in Denmark since the first was finished in 1972. More than 20 have been built in North America since 1991, and more than 150 groups are meeting regularly trying to make their projects happen.
Cohousing communities are old-fashioned neighborhoods created with a little ingenuity. They bring together the value of private homes with the benefits of more sustainable living. That means common facilities and good connections with neighbors.
Cohousing and Intentional Communities - Directory of webrings
Urban Ecologie The EcoCity Project
Nouvelle Zélande: Eco-Village & Cohousing Association of NZ
Demi Project (U.K. based organization)
The Canadian Cohousing Network (CCN) was formed in 1992 in British Columbia, Canada. It is a registered non-profit organization that promotes the creation of cohousing communities as a model for sustainable development by raising public awareness about cohousing and by bringing people together to form communities. The most valuable function of the CCN is making connections with people who are interested in living in a cohousing community.
The Cohousing Network USA
Living organically - Cohousing and Ecovillages
Most cohousing groups are in urban settings, and most eco-villages in
UK - Cohousing
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Elder Cohousing Network
a Contemporary Approach to Housing Ourselves' by Kathryn McCamant and
Charles Durrett, the authors write that there are over 125 such
Cohousing ('bofaellesskaber') communities in Denmark, ranging in size
from six to 80 households. The authors have helped set up similar
schemes in the States (see below). Here is a summary from the authors'
description of the Trudeslund Community where they spent six months:
Ecoville, St Petersberg, Russia (e-mail:dgilman@@@context.org). Contact: Diane Gilman
The Farm, Summertown, TN 38483, USA (tel 00 1 615 964 3574).
Contact: Albert Bates
Foundation, The Park, Findhorn, Forres, Scotland IV36 0TZ.
The Halifax Project, Urban Ecology Australia, PO Box 3040, Grenfell St, Adelaide, Tandanya Bioregion, SA 5000, Australia, (tel 00 61 618 232 4866).
Los Angeles Eco-Village, 3551 White House Place, Los Angeles CA 90004, USA (tel 00 1 213 738 1254). Contact: Lois Arkin
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Some EcoVillage and CoHousing Inspirations
The CoHousing Network, Canada:
Cranberry Commons, Burnaby:
Quayside Village, North Vancouver:
The CoHousing Network, USA:
EcoVillage at Ithaca:
Winslow Cohousing Group:
EcoVillage of Loudon County, Virginia:
EcoVillage Network of the Americas:
Global Ecovillage Network, Europe:
Torri Superiore, Italy:
Lebensgarten Steyerberg, Germany:
Beddington Zero Energy Development, Sutton, UK:
Andelssamfundet i Hjortshøj, Denmark:
Ibsgarden Cohousing Project, Denmark:
Svanholm Collective, Denmark:
Global EcoVillage Network:
Tlholego EcoVillage, South Africa:
Crystal Waters Permaculture Eco-Village, Australia
Intentional Communities: http://communities.ic.org/
Sustainable Community: Learning from the cohousing model' by Graham Meltzer PhD Published by Trafford Publishing (Canada) ISBN 1412049946 Available online at
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