Cohousing - Design, Governance, Decision-Making

Bioregion: 
Auckland

From WOW! to HOW…

Have you ever wondered how it would be:

  • To live in a safe, multi-generational neighbourhood where you are valued and feel you belong?
  • To have privacy and autonomy AND really know your neighbours?
  • To live lightly on the earth and not have to own and do everything yourself?

Cohousing is a form of collaborative housing in which residents actively participate in the design and operation of their own neighbourhoods. Our own local example Earthsong Eco-Neighbourhood is a 32-home neighbourhood in Ranui, West Auckland, recognised internationally as a model of socially and environmentally sustainable community, and a finalist in the World Habitat Awards and UN Habitat Awards.

Presenter Robin Allison was the initiator and project coordinator of the entire development and construction phase of Earthsong Eco-Neighbourhood. An eco-architect and Earthsong resident, Robin brings a wealth of skills and experience to inspire and assist others to develop sustainable community, either in existing suburbs or new-build.

Learn about this successful community model at three Tuesday seminars:

  1. 5 – 8 pm 24th September - FLOURISHING SUSTAINABLE NEIGHBOURHOODS
  2. 5 – 9 pm 1st October  -  DESIGN FOR COMMUNITY & COMMUNITY GOVERNANCE and EFFECTIVE DECISION-MAKING
  3. 5 – 8 pm 8th October - PROJECT PLANNING

The Earthsong Centre, 457 Swanson Road, Ranui, Auckland

Cost: $150.00 for 3 seminars or $60 each for Seminars 1 & 3, and $75 for Seminar 2

 

Go to www.robinallison.co.nz for more information and email robin.allison@earthsong.org.nz to register for one or all seminars

 

Seminar 2:

5 – 9 pm 1st October 

Part 1 - DESIGN FOR COMMUNITY - Social and Environmental issues

Physical design doesn’t create community, but it can powerfully encourage or discourage community. Key aspects of designing for healthy community and environment will be explored, from macro issues of site layout and common facilities, to more subtle relationships between houses and collective spaces.

Part 2 - COMMUNITY GOVERNANCE and EFFECTIVE DECISION-MAKING

Enormous creativity and strength are possible when empowered individuals work together for the common good. Robin will introduce the key organisational structures and agreements, including the "coloured cards” method of consensus decision-making, that have served Earthsong so well.

 

 

 Seminar 1: 24th Sept 2019: COHOUSING – FLOURISHING SUSTAINABLE NEIGHBOURHOODS

Seminar 3: 8th October 2019: PROJECT PLANNING

 

These seminars are supported by the Earthsong Centre Trust www.earthsong.org.nz

Dates: 
Tuesday, October 1, 2019 - 17:00 to Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 20:45
Location / Venue: 

457 Swanson Road, Ranui, Auckland

Cost: 
$60-150
More Info: 
http://robinallison.co.nz/