The cohousing movement started in Denmark during the 1960s. Chuck Durrett and Katie McCamant were traveling there in 1987 and became intrigued with how the concept encourages neighborly interactions and the formation of supportive/cooperative relationships between community residents. Their 1988 book, "Cohousing," introduced this model of intentional community to Americans.
Chuck now has thirty years of experience guiding the development of cohousing communities throughout the United States. We'll be privileged on June 5 to host his "Getting It Built" workshop in New Jersey.
Save that date. Meanwhile, find out more about our plans (and plan to help the planners!) at our April Meetup:
Saturday, April 13 ... Noon to 4 p.m.
Trenton Free Public Library ... 120 Academy Street, Trenton, NJ
Cohousing architect Lynn Gaffney will be joining us (via Zoom) from New York and we're hoping Joel Rothschild will be able to get here again from Lancaster, PA. The response to Joel's presentation on March 10 was so enthusiastic that we've had requests for some follow-up time with him for additional Q&A. If Joel can make it, we'll be sure to give him a slot of agenda time on April 13. (We might be able to lure him back if we promise an especially delicious pot-luck luncheon, so please bring a savory dish to share!)
About Lynn Gaffney
She's a LEED Accredited Professional and a certified Passive House designer. Lynn has over 25 years of experience in residential, commercial and institutional architecture. She's licensed to practice in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Lynn is an active member of American Institute of Architects as well as The Architectural League. Recently she's been a leader in Katie McCamant's *500 Communities* initiative.
About Joel Rothschild
He's a co-founder of Ecovillagers Cooperative, a developer, membership network, and professional services provider for ecovillages based on retrofit cohousing design, mixed use, and shared-equity co-ownership. Ecovillagers Cooperative is in the process of creating an REIC (Real Estate Investment Co-op) that will invest exclusively in Community Land Co-ops created by its own members.