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Books on community design

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Useful Books

  • Cohousing: A Contemporary Approach to Housing Ourselves Kathryn McCamant and Charles Durrett – Considered by some to be the best book on social design going. Lots of good practical design advise with plans and pictures galore. Highly recommended.
  • Senior Cohousing; A Community Approach to Independent Living Charles Durrett – a more recent book on cohousing for seniors. This book is a must for any community that wants to be more inclusive of seniors or anyone less able to care for themselves.
  • A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction Christopher Alexander 1977 Oxford University Press. – This is a classic text. It has lots of good advice in it but takes a fair amount of effort to dig it out.
  • Small Houses Fine Homebuilding 1992 Tauton Press – Some good practical advice and interesting designs for small spaces.
  • Rebuilding Community in America: Housing for Ecological Living, Personal Empowerment and the New Extended Family Ken Norwood & Kathleen Smith 1995 – From the founder of the Shared Living Resource Center in Berkeley a comprehensive approach to planning, organizing and designing for sustainability.
  • The Efficient House Sourcebook Robert Sardinsky & the Rocky Mountain Institute. 1992. 1739 Snowmass creek rd., Snowmass, CO, 81654. Also quarterly newsletter.
  • Small Spaces Azbt Brown. 1993
  • Housing as if People Mattered Clare Marcus 1986 University of California Berkeley Press.
  • Gray World, Green Heart: Technology, Nature and sustainability in the Landscape R.L. Thayer 1993. John Wiley and Sons. Deals with site planning and has a good bibliography.
  • Design with Nature Ian McHard 1969 Doubleday/Natural History Press.
  • Collaborative Communities: Cohousing, Central Living and Other New Forms of Housing With Shared Facilities Dorit Fromm 1991 Van Nostrand Press.

We happily link to the following organizations, all of whom share our strong commitment to promoting community and a more cooperative world:
Cohousing The Federation of Egalitarian Communities - Communes Coop Community Cooperative Sustainable Intentional North American Students of Cooperation Global Ecovillage Network