Lets hear from you. This is my first attempt at setting this kind of blog, Hope it works.
Hey Bob - My husband and I are interested in attending a planning meeting. Could you please add us to your email list - if you have one - so we can be notified of any future meetings?
Please send me your email.
Hey Bob, edit out the typos!
Otherwise, it looks great. And I'm happy with the survey results.
Maybe you could make it clear that there are all kinds of possibilities of housing not just single dwellings, (apartments, 4-plex, etc), that it depends on the group's decision.
Hi Eleanor, Could use some help here. I don't seem to see the typos.
This is a great start Bob!
Under the heading "Possible Locations" you indicate that there is a composite of the sketches from the survey, but it doesn't seem to be there.
Still not completed but I am working at it.
1. How do you see the physical structure of the community? Should all housing conform to a norm, and what is that norm?
I like the idea of people having the flexibility to design their own unique homes, allowing for a diverse and innovative building structures and design strategies. This too, I think would support people with differing economic status having the flexibility to build to their economic reality. Although, there may be concern around having a large amount of freedom with little constraints would create tensions, and less acceptance within the community. I do support the idea of having minimum building requirements. I am generally not supportive of large houses and believe one of the chief purposes of co-housing, sharing resources that we (as community & individually) believe in reducing our environmental foot print and limiting our consumption.
1 – Awareness of cost restraints for some. Where possible costs should be shared.
2 – Minimum building requirements not maximum
3 – Green Building – promote resource conservation, including energy efficiency, renewable energy, water conservation, minimum waste, create a healthful and comfortable environment.
4 – Consider entire life span of house & community – economically and environmentally.
5 – Encourage experimentation and ingenuity in building techniques. Flexibility.
6 – Sustainable Development – meets needs of present without compromising future generations needs.
7 – Resilience – adaptability to change environmentally and economically
8 – Allow a range of physical make-ups of the community. Building needs based on age and make-up of people. For example:
> Small condo/apartment style with more shared/collective spaces.
> Leased land where people can pay to park their small house (shared resources)
> Privately owned land and house either design by them or a pre-designed home that supported by the Co-housing society.
JUST IDEAS - THROWING THEM OUT THERE!
Dear Bob Sharpe,
Here am I in Québec for 5 years now, wondering every day why I am not back yet in the Yukon. Community co-housing projects are erratic here, difficult to ground (yes, it's everywhere), and the humidity is not my cup of tea. I want to be back, but how to even rent a place is a problem now...
I am thrilled by your co-housing proposals mainly because for the last 30 years, while working to build community gardens in France and in Whitehorse, I was projecting in my head that sketch of the round of houses around a flowering common garden, chicken houses at the back, fruit trees and forest to create a microclimate...well the permaculture main idea.
A friend of mine, Dominic Vezina emailed your site this morning, and i feel so thrilled that you are visualizing the project so close to what I was seeing thru all these years, even if everything needs to be thought out,shared...co-created.
I very much like the comments from Anna, and the proposal of lease by Mount Lorne Community Center seems quite practical.
Looking forward to have news, I will send the survey ASAP.
Ève Camolli (Noirot)
Just the way I have expected. Your website really is interesting.
Bob Sharp has developed this website. Any mistakes are his.