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Interview with Robin Allison, Author of Cohousing for Life

April 21, 2021


4:00 PM

5:00 PM


April 21 | 4-5pm Eastern

Interview with Robin Allison, Author of Cohousing for Life

Join us for an interview with Robin Allison including live audience Q&A!

In FIC Co-Director, Cynthia Tina, will meet with Robin Allison for an hour-long session to learn about her new book Cohousing for Life. Get your copy of the e-book or paperback!

About Robin

Robin trained as an architect at the University of Auckland in the early 1980s, and ran her own sustainable architecture practice for a number of years before founding Earthsong Eco-Neighborhoud in 1995. Her workshops and seminars on cohousing have been a catalyst for groups all over New Zealand to start working on their own projects.

Earthsong was founded on a deep commitment to create a more socially and environmentally sustainable neighborhood by growing a strong culture of respect, participation and cooperation, and incorporating the principles of cohousing, eco-architecture and permaculture. With her background in architecture, Robin guided the entire development and construction phase of this innovative project, from developing the vision and group agreements around consensus decision-making, group process and design, to managing contracts, budgets and detailed oversight of the construction.

About the Book

Cohousing for Life

How did a group of ordinary, extraordinary people turn a bold vision into thirty-two eco-homes in a flourishing community? What can we learn from their experience to create new housing that supports us to be good neighbours to each other and to the earth?

In Cohousing for Life, Robin Allison describes her journey from lonely mother-of-two in the suburbs to a determined driver of the development of New Zealand’s first cohousing community. It is a very personal story of a collective endeavor, a heroic journey of despair and triumph, as well as a practical guide for groups wanting to start their own communities. 

Cohousing for Life is also a distillation of what has been learnt: from formulating an inspiring vision to community governance and decision-making; from community design principles to participatory design processes; from legal and financial structures to reflections on power and leadership. Robin details the key elements and structures that were critical to achieving their goal, allowing a group of diverse individuals with ordinary lives and skills to work together over many years to create a large innovative, housing development.


Interview with Robin Allison, Author of Cohousing for Life


Date: April 21st

Time: 4-5pm ET (see your local time)

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