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Principles of co-housing


Jul 11, 2017, 11:08 AM

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Principles of co-housing

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Hello, everyone. I'm the person who is interested in forming a co-housing project in Guanajuato. Thought it would be a good idea to give a brief explanation of co-housing. It's a relatively new and different concept in North America. The Guanajuato project will be modeled on the six principles outlined in the book "Senior Co-housing Handbook" by Charles Durret, a good read, if you're interested, available in paper or Kindle. A condensed version of the basics:

1.) Residents help organize and participate in the planning and design process and they are responsible as a group for final decisions.
2.) The physical design encourages a strong sens of community.
3.) Common areas are an integral part of the community, designed for daily use and to supplement private living areas.
4.) Residents manage the development-making decisions of common concern.
5.) There are not really leadership roles. The responsibilities for decisions are shared equally.
6.) Residents have their own primary incomes; the community does not generate income.

Those are the essentials. If you'd like to know more about the Guanajuato in particular, please contact me through this forum or at Thanks for reading!


Jul 12, 2017, 9:45 PM

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Re: [CasaColibri] Principles of co-housing

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Sorry for the couple of typos in my original post. (Sticky keys or sticky brain!)

2.) The physical design encourages a strong sense of community.

And, near the end, "if you would like to know more about the Guanajuato PROJECT in particular....."[