The always interesting Alex M sent me the following clip…
Although Sara Garrett calls collaborative, community-based development a radical idea, she still expects it to become more mainstream.
Garrett is the brains behind the MotiveSpace Symposium, a two-day event at which developers, designers and planners will discuss what’s known as “collaborative housing development” – a more community-based approach to design and development.
A native Portlander and a current architecture graduate student at the University of Toronto, Garrett believes inhabited space should connect people, not push them away from each other.
On Sept. 20 and 21, at Portland City Hall, the MotiveSpace Symposium will touch on a variety of topics pertaining to collaborative developments and grassroots infill projects, such as how to design, develop and eventually inhabit areas that contain plenty of shared space.
According to Garrett, it’s about tearing down boundaries and barriers.
For her, “cohousing” developments are among the more appealing types of community-driven projects because they create a greater sense of personal interconnectivity.
At traditional cohousing complexes, for example, not only do the residents share community space, they also typically cook for each other.
“The cohousing community has so much to teach us,” Garrett said.
The full article is here.