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Cohousing Neighbourhoods


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. 


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Urban Ecologie  The EcoCity Project


International Cohousing

USA: The Cohousing Network

Nouvelle Zélande: Eco-Village & Cohousing Association of NZ

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Cohousing resources


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 rural locations.

UK - Cohousing

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Elder Cohousing Network

In 'Cohousing: 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:
'I know I live in a community because on a Friday night it takes me 45 minutes and two beers to get from the parking lot to my front door'
Situated in the town of Birkerod, just north of Copenhagen, Trudeslund's 33 residences and a large common house were completed in 1981. The residences line two pedestrian streets, with the common house located at the highest point where the streets meet. With cars kept at the edge of the site and houses clustered together, much of the lower end is left wooded, making it a favourite place for the children to play.
'Many residents eat in the common house dining room three or four times a week'
'Cohousing: a Contemporary Approach to Housing Ourselves' by Kathryn McCamant and Charles Durrett (published by Ten Speed Press


Ecoville, St Petersberg, Russia ( Contact: Diane Gilman

The Farm, Summertown, TN 38483, USA (tel 00 1 615 964 3574).

Contact: Albert Bates

The Findhorn Foundation, The Park, Findhorn, Forres, Scotland IV36 0TZ.
Contact: John Talbott

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:

WindSong, Langley:



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:

Gaviotas, Colombia:

Crystal Waters Permaculture  Eco-Village, Australia



Intentional Communities:

Sustainable Community: Learning from the cohousing model' by Graham Meltzer PhD Published by Trafford Publishing (Canada)    ISBN 1412049946 Available online at  for $US 22.50

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