There’s a lot of great information about cohousing out there. We’ve listed a few of our favorite videos, websites and articles below.
TED Talk: How cohousing can make us happier (and live longer) (10:15)
Loneliness doesn't always stem from being alone. For architect Grace Kim, loneliness is a function of how socially connected we feel to the people around us - and it's often the result of the homes we live in.
PBS Newshour: Balancing privacy and community with design in cohousing (08:44)
Cooperative living arrangements have existed across a number of cultures for centuries. But the concept took a new form in Denmark in the early 1970’s …
Building Community with Cohousing (06:31)
Film makers Dany Gagnon and Regan Payne interview cohousing residents from WindSong Cohousing Community (completed 1996), Cranberry Commons Cohousing (completed 2001) and Roberts Creek Cohousing (completed 2005).
Creating Cohousing: Building Sustainable Communities by Kathryn McCamant and Charles Durrett
Written by the award-winning team that wrote the original "cohousing bible" in the 1980's and first brought cohousing to North America, this fully-illustrated manual combines nuts-and-bolts practical considerations and design ideas with extensive case studies of dozens of diverse communities in Europe and North America. (Available at the Calgary Public Library, or order as an ebook or hard copy here. Our group also has copies that we’re willing to lend out!)
Canadian Cohousing Network
CCN 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. Their website contains valuable information for those who are interested in living in a cohousing community. CCN links individuals and cohousing groups together to share resources and make the process of creating a community easier and more economical.
If you type ‘cohousing’ in Google’s search bar, and click ‘news’, you’ll see over 36,000 results from around the world. Here’s a few articles on cohousing that we’ve liked:
Our development consultant, Katie McCamant, is President of CoHousing Solutions. Her team pioneered the development of cohousing in North America, and have helped create dozens of successful, award-winning communities. There’s a wealth of knowledge on the website.
a sample of canadian cohousing communities
Since the introduction of cohousing in North America in 1988 (by two architects, one of them being our consultant, Katie McCamant), close to 200 cohousing communities have been built in North America, and close to 200 are forming or in development at this time.
Prairie Sky Cohousing – 403 31 Avenue NE, Calgary, AB
Prairie Sky is a long-standing successful cohousing community right here in Calgary. Built in 2003, the community contains 18 homes in a range of sizes.
Vancouver Cohousing – 1733 East 33rd Avenue, Vancouver, BC
Vancouver Cohousing consists of 29 privately owned homes and 2 rental units, in addition to a large and beautiful common house and outdoor common areas. They moved in March 2016 and continue to have 4 common meals every week.
Windsong – Langley, BC
Windsong is an environmental award-winning town home development with glass enclosed pedestrian street. Nestled on a 6-acre site with organic community gardens and 4 acres of natural reserve traversed by a creek. They opened their doors in July 1996.
Belterra Cohousing – Bowen Island, BC
Belterra is a beautiful property near the village of Snug Cove on Bowen Island (a 20-minute ferry ride from West Vancouver). Thirty townhouse suites grace the hillside overlooking forests and the Coastal Mountain Range. Completed in 2014, the multi-generational community shares vegetable gardens and a 3,700 sf common house.
Cranberry Commons – Burnaby, BC
Cranberry Commons is a mix of townhouses and apartments arranged around a courtyard in a vibrant urban neighbourhood near Vancouver. They have incorporated many environmentally sustainable features into their design. Construction was completed in October 2001.