COHOUSING 101: INSIGHTS FROM NORTH AMERICA'S PIONEERS
5300 Dundas St W, Etobicoke, ON M9B 1B2, Canada
Join North America’s Cohousing pioneers Charles Durrett and Katie McCamant live January 25th for a special public presentation on Cohousing in Toronto.
Learn about the origins of the movement and what inter-generational and senior (50+) Cohousing communities look like in Canada, the US and other parts of the world. Find out how Cohousing supports social connections, a higher quality of life and how you can become part of a forming or existing community.
Charles and Katie will touch on the community led development process, how Cohousing can address the loneliness epidemic, issues of affordability, co-care for young families and the elderly, the maximization of both privacy and the commons in design and community governance, the role of developers, architects, planners and other professionals, the different legal and financial structures and more.
There will be plenty of time for questions, and you'll have an opportunity to connect with others interested in exploring Cohousing and Coliving!
WHAT IS COHOUSING?
Cohousing communities consist of private homes that are strategically positioned around pedestrian centric common facilities to maximize social interaction between neighbours. One key characteristic of Cohousing communities is breaking bread together regularly in the Common House. Cohousing communities are created and managed by their residents, who value a healthy mixture of privacy and community. Sustainability and innovation are two words often associated with these communities – natural products of people working with one another for community sake.
In 1988, Kathryn McCamant & Charles Durrett coined the term “cohousing” for a Danish concept they spent considerable time learning about in Denmark. Since that time, McCamant and Durrett have worked with groups to create high functioning neighbourhoods in the United States and Canada. Together they have designed over 50 Cohousing communities, and there are over 150 active and forming Cohousing communities (the numbers are growing) to date.
The event is being held at:
IC Savings Credit Union’s Headquarters
5300 Dundas St West Toronto, Ontario M9B 1B2
The branch is conveniently located within a short walk (or cab ride) from Kipling TTC Subway station. There is limited parking available so we recommend taking transit.
Please note that the venue is wheel chair accessible.
The cost to attend is $20 inclusive to help us cover the costs associated with the event (security, cleaning, light refreshments, etc.).
Space is limited, so we encourage you to reserve your ticket early. To be notified of spaces opening up or future events, add your name to our mailing list by sending an email to info@CoLivingCanada.com.
WHO SHOULD I CONTACT IF I WANT MORE INFORMATION?
For more information, to inquire about other events visit us at CoLiving Canada, drop us an email at info@CoLivingCanada.com or contact Kristopher at 416-303-1201 or Mark at 416-988-0050.
Thank you to Fausto Gaudio, Francesco Riondino, Anna Barranca and the rest of the IC Savings Credit Union family for their community leadership, generous support and for graciously hosting this non-profit event.
Thank you to Katie McCamant, Charles Durrett, Lindy Sexton, Holly Husk and Bethany Celio of McCamant & Durrett Architects and CoHousing Solutions for their training, mentorship, support and collaboration as we work to advance Cohousing in Canada.
Thank you to the Canadian Cohousing Network, Canadian Senior Cohousing, the Cohousing Association of the United States and SAGE Senior Cohousing Advocates International for their ongoing advocacy, capacity building and support of Cohousing in North America.
ABOUT THE ORGANIZERS
Kristopher Stevens, Duncan Goheen and Mark Powell are the leaders of CoLiving Canada, a consultancy that facilitates the development of intergenerational and seniors (50+) Cohousing projects. Katie McCamant of CoHousing Solutions and Charles Durrett of McCamant & Durrett Architects are North America’s Cohousing pioneers and have designed, developed and consulted on the development of more than fifty communities. They introduced Cohousing to North America with their books “Creating Cohousing: Building Sustainable Communities” and “The Senior Cohousing Handbook: A Community Approach to Independent Living.” Kristopher and Charles are both Board members of SAGE Cohousing International.
* This event is organized in partnership with Centre of a Circle Consultants
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