Cohousing: A Contemporary Approach to Housing Ourselves is the seminal work by
They prescribe Six Characteristics of Co-housing (described here on the website of LiveWell Cohousing, in Vancouver), all of which they say should be present. The characteristics are:
- Participatory process
- Neighbourhood design
- Common facilities
- Resident Management
- Non-hierarchical structure and decision-making
- No shared community economy (the community is not a source of income for members).
Our interest in co-housing is a shared home, rather than multiple homes in a shared neighbourhood, so we do not subscribe to number 2 — otherwise, these seem like sound characteristics.