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Arcosanti and Ecovillages in the Washington Post

Posted on April 21, 2008 by
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In honor of Earth Day, the Washington Post ran an article on Arcosanti with a sidebar on ecovillages as a green vacation destination. Arcosanti was started in the 1970s by Italian architect Paolo Soleri, a spitfire who seeks an alternative to a car-dominant, hyper-consumerist society. With his so-called urban laboratory, Soleri, 88, hopes to eliminate… Read More

Communes and Co-ops for Seniors

Posted on April 17, 2008 by

Baby boomers are looking at moving into shared living and communal living according to the article Boomers go back to the commune in retirement on BankRate.com. Normally when a headline has the words ‘commune’ and ‘boomers’ in it they usually mean cohousing but this article is really about income-sharing communal groups. FIC’s directory lists about… Read More

Cohousing Helps Prevent Global Warming by Reducing Carbon Footprint

Posted on April 16, 2008 by
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Cohousing can help residents reduce their carbon footprint and help prevent global warming according to a paper from the University College London. Those living in cohousing consume nearly 60 per cent less energy in the home, and operate car-sharing and recycling schemes that greatly reduce the pollution from travel and landfill. Having facilities such as… Read More

Community, Economy, and Utopia at Forbes.com

Posted on April 12, 2008 by
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Forbes.com has a special feature section on Utopia which has a great article on intentional communities. The article gives an overview on the US movement with a focus on communities in New York and specifically the Ithaca area. The article includes Photo slideshow of communities around the world including Ecovillage at Ithaca, The Farm, Zegg,… Read More

Cubes and Crayons Provides Coworking for Parents

Posted on April 7, 2008 by
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The San Francisco Chronicle profiled a new Coworking facility in Menlo Park that offers both short term office space and professional childcare. Coworking, a cafe-like community/collaboration space for developers, writers and independents, has been a growing phenomenon but this may be the first place to offer such a kid friendly environment. “For new moms getting… Read More

Historic Communities in the News

Posted on April 2, 2008 by
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In the late 1700s and early 1800s the Harmony Society built three communities in Pennsylvania and Indiana attracting thousands of members and lasted for decades. The Harmonists are still making news in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review which recently ran a story on the historic commune. And Mary Ann Landis, director of Old Economy Village, says she… Read More

First Official UK Ecovillage Seeks Permits

Posted on April 1, 2008 by

Lammas Ecovillage in Wales is seeking approval for their ecovillage under new UK government rules to allow a new form of rural mixed use development. Theirs would be the first ecovillage approved under these new rules which allow a mix a residential, agricultural, and commercial enterprises on much more affordable rural land. Lammas has been… Read More

Obama Plans Campaign Stop at Cohousing

Posted on March 31, 2008 by

It’s still only in the rumor phase but the Evening Sun from Hanover, PA is reporting that the Barack Obama campaign may be planning a stop at Hundredfold Farm a rural cohousing community in south-central Pennsylvania. However, one reason for his optimism about a potential Obama appearance is the campaign’s interest in the Hundredfold Farm,… Read More

Cohousing Creates Permaculture Urban Forest

Posted on March 27, 2008 by

Manzanita Village Cohousing Community received a grant from the Arizona State Land Department to help expand its permaculture urban forest on its site in Prescott Arizona. The community will be holding a workshop in April to install water catchment systems for their common house which will irrigate the urban forest. The community’s 12.5 acre site… Read More

Ecology, Economy, and Cohousing in the Boston Globe

Posted on March 25, 2008 by
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The Boston Globe has a great article on how ecology and economy are driving Cohousing to grow as a movement. Interest in these types of neighborhoods is growing as more people look to build stronger communities, cope with increasing economic pressures, and live with others who share their concerns about the environment. “Many cohousing communities… Read More

Cohousing: Building Seattle Green

Posted on March 24, 2008 by

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer has an interview with Coho/US Executive Directory Craig Ragland of Songaia Cohousing. Ragland gives the basics of cohousing touching on its appeal to the mainstream and its ecological possibilities: Part of what makes cohousing attractive is that it specifically attempts to create a model that is close enough to the mainstream. It… Read More

Sunset Magazine Profiles Portland Co-housing Couple

Posted on March 3, 2008 by

In an article titled “Green in Portland,” Sunset profiles three couples, one of them living in a co-housing development. Portland is famous for its natural beauty, it’s commitment to environmental values and its sheer liveabilty. “Clearly,this town is doing something right. And it all boils down to one simple idea: In Portland, people work together… Read More

LA Ecovillage Threatened

Posted on February 23, 2008 by

Last week The New Statesman, a British current affairs magazine, carried a story about the LA Ecovillage in its online edition. The blogger, Johnathon Dawson, usually writes about life at Findhorn, an ecovillage in Scotland. I want to devote my blog this week to an extraordinary development unfolding in a poor, multi-ethnic, working-class neighbourhood some… Read More

Community at the Office: Coworking in the New York Times

Posted on February 20, 2008 by

Coworking has hit the mainstream with an article in the New York Times and the San Francisco Chronicle. From the Chronicle: In co-working, a group of freelancers or other solo entrepreneurs share one big office space with perks that they might not get at home, such as conference rooms, espresso machines and opportunities for socializing.… Read More

Energy Conservation Techniques Make Green Home Building Affordable at Abundance Ecovillage

Posted on February 19, 2008 by

Abundance Ecovillage in Fairfield, IA made the local news with a wonderful piece on their growing ecologically focused community. The piece focused primarily on the ecological aspects: solar and wind power, energy conservation, rain water catchment, waste water treatment, food production, etc. Co-founder Lonnie Gamble started the project after several people approached him about how… Read More

UK Government to Build Carbon Neutral Ecotowns

Posted on February 14, 2008 by

With grass-roots ecovillages pioneering sustainable living, the mainstream wants in on the action. The Guardian reports that the government in the United Kingdom has plans to build 10 carbon neutral ecotowns by 2020. The towns will have up to 5000-20,0000 homes, 10-100 times the size of most ecovillages, but will share a focus on ecological… Read More

An Intentional Community Radio Station?

Posted on February 12, 2008 by

You’ve heard of Christian radio, how about Krishna radio? Well, New Vrindaban, an intentional community in West Vriginia, is seeking a license for a full power radio station so it can broadcast on such topics as yoga, vegetarianism and lessons from The Bhagavad Gita. New Vrindaban was established 40 years ago by the funder of… Read More

Cohousing Faces Resistance in Sacramento

Posted on February 7, 2008 by
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The Sacramento NewsReview reports that Sycamore Village Cohousing is facing some resistance from neighbors as it tries to get its plan approved by the local authorities. Despite its impeccable transit-oriented, environmentally friendly green design, plans for Sycamore Village were rejected in January 2007 by the Orangevale Community Planning Advisory Committee following complaints from area residents.… Read More

Coworking Brings Community to the Workplace

Posted on February 3, 2008 by

With more and more people working from home it isn’t surprising that some of them would start missing the camaraderie one can feel in a vibrant office spaces. If they aren’t lucky enough to live in community, or if they need a way to separate home and work life, coworking may be the answer. The… Read More

Area Communities featured in Seattle Times

Posted on January 29, 2008 by

There is a great article in the real estate section of the Seattle Times on intentional communities in the Seattle area. The article focuses mostly on the 15 cohousing communities in the Seatttle area featuring Jackson Place Cohousing and Songaia Cohousing. But at Jackson Place, the layout of the development encourages community interaction. All units… Read More

Ecovillage Helps Ithaca Rank as 2nd Greenest City

Posted on January 24, 2008 by

The city of Ithaca was second on the list of Greenest Cities in part due to the work of the Ecovillage at Ithaca an intentional community with two 30-home cohousing clusters. The Ecovillage was recently featured in Time magazine and is a great example of a community moving towards sustainability. Move.com profiled Ithaca and highlighted… Read More

Artists evicted from Brooklyn ‘Commune’

Posted on January 23, 2008 by

While not a commune in the traditional sense, the residents of 475 Kent Avenue in Brooklyn, NY describe their home as a kibbutz or commune. Unfortunately they were all evicted a few days ago due to the building being a fire hazard. Evidently the building was not even supposed to have residential spaces. Some claim… Read More

Cohousing Communities in Small Towns Nationwide

Posted on January 21, 2008 by

With over 100 completed cohousing communities in the US, and the idea getting more and more interest and attention, its not surprising that we would see it cropping up in smaller towns across the country. In just the past few days we’ve found the following articles: Activists are working on getting a cohousing community started… Read More

Renewable Energy and Cohousing Reduce Home Energy Costs

Posted on January 19, 2008 by
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A recent article on RenewableEnergyAccess.com does a great profile on Nubanusit Neighborhood and Farm, a cohousing community in New Hampshire. The article focuses on the communities Green Buildings (which will receive a LEED Platinum rating) and on their wood pellet boilers which provide heat and hot water for the community. The wood boilers use local,… Read More

Cohousing in the Los Angeles Times

Posted on January 17, 2008 by

The LA Times ran a great article on cohousing just before christmas. It profiles Wolf Creek Lodge and focuses on senior cohousing as an up and coming trend.

Churches being recast as intentional communities

Posted on January 17, 2008 by
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An article in The Walton Sun from Santa Rosa Beach, Florida describes how a local church is thriving after recasting itself as an intentional community: “We haven’t set any growth records but certainly haven’t set out to do so. We have between 60 and 100 each week in worship. From a spiritual perspective, the church… Read More

Communes and Cohousing on Huffington Post and Good Magazine

Posted on January 17, 2008 by

An article posted on the Huffington Post, a progressive news and blog aggregator, suggests communes and cohousing as an option for the current generation’s economic and social woes. Looking closer it seems this article comes from Good Magazine. If it sounds as if I’m calling for a return of the commune, that’s because I am–or… Read More

Co-op America Highlights Eating Co-ops

Posted on January 14, 2008 by

Co-op America published an article on eating co-ops in its Real Money newsletter. The article profiles a variety of groups around the country who have gotten together to share cooking and/or meals together. From college campuses to apartment buildings, and from suburban neighborhoods to cohousing communities, many busy people have found that cooking cooperatively, especially… Read More

Ecovillages in E Magazine

Posted on January 14, 2008 by

Environtal magazine E has an article on the ecovillage movement. For some reason they lead off with six paragraphs on Arocsanti before the get into the general ecovillage trend, mentioning LA Ecovillage, Cleveland Ecovillage, the Ecovillage Training Center at the Farm. According to the study, the 379 “eco-villages” registered with the Global Eco-Village Network (110… Read More

Ecohood Profiled in Plenty

Posted on January 14, 2008 by

Plenty Magazine has a short article on Eco Neighborhoods and urban ecology. Back-to-the-landers have been making a comeback of sorts, what with the rise of the farmers’ markets and localvores and organic lettuce-obsessed gourmands. But the bucolic visions that once drove folks to isolated rural stretches to farm the earth have shifted, and urban farming… Read More

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