Cohousing Communities: Designing for High-Functioning Neighborhoods

  • 4h 40m
  • Alex Lin, Charles Durrett, Jingling Yang, Nadthachai Kongkhajornkidsuk, Spencer Nash
  • John Wiley & Sons (US)
  • 2022

Cohousing Communities

Explore a groundbreaking and holistic new approach to designing community-first neighborhoods

In Cohousing Communities: Designing for High-Functioning Neighborhoods, distinguished architect and affordable housing advocate Charles Durrett delivers a complete, start-to-finish guide for designing anything where the emphasis lies with the community. This book describes the consequential role that architecture and a healthy design process can play in the success of neighborhoods, churches, towns, and more. It’s an inspiring collection of ideas that prioritize high-functioning neighborhoods.

In the book, the author draws on the success of hundreds of community-first projects to show readers how to design a project that addresses both timeless and modern challenges—from aging to climate change and racism—in its architecture and urban design. He compiles facts and concepts that are essential to the design of a high-functioning community, where people can participate in a way that reflects their values, improves their social connections, and retain their autonomy and privacy.

Readers will also find:

  • Ideas for town planning, street planning, and other town altering improvements
  • Discussions of how developers can make better multifamily housing
  • Explorations of how planners and politicians can make high-functioning neighborhoods a cornerstone of their community
  • In-depth treatments of families who want to confirm that they’re choosing the right neighborhood

Perfect for university students and professors who strive to see new ways to create neighborhoods, Cohousing Communities: Designing for High-Functioning Neighborhoods will also appeal to universities planning new neighborhoods for retired alumni or new housing for students and faculty.

About the Author

Charles Durrett is an architect, author, and advocate of affordable, socially responsible, and sustainable design. He has designed over 50 cohousing communities in North America and consulted on several around the world. He is Principal Architect at The Cohousing Company based in Nevada City, California.

In this Book

  • Introduction
  • Intergenerational Neighborhood Design—Neighborhood Site Design
  • Haystack Heights Cohousing—Site Planning Workshop
  • Intergenerational Neighborhood Design—Common House and Common Facilities Design
  • Haystack Heights Cohousing—Common House Workshop
  • Intergenerational Neighborhood Design—Private Houses Design
  • Haystack Heights Cohousing—Private House Workshop
  • Senior Neighborhood Design—Site Design
  • Quimper Village—Site Planning Workshop
  • Senior Cohousing Design Concepts—Common House Design
  • Quimper Village—Common House Workshop
  • Senior Cohousing Design Concepts—Private Houses Design
  • Quimper Village—Private House Workshop
  • Affordability
  • The Details of Cohousing—What Components Lead to High-Functioning Neighborhoods?
  • Afterword
  • Other Books by Charles Durrett and Company (in Reverse Chronological Order)