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Three Acts

September 9, 2009 by


The traditional three-act epic (think Star Wars or Lord of the Rings) starts with the good guys receiving a quest (act 1). Then the bad guys almost stop the good guys from completing their quest (act 2), and finally the good guys triumph over the bad guys (act 3). In church we get the three-act […]

Pocket Neighborhoods

April 17, 2009 by


Rob, a friend of mine from school, introduced me to Ross Chapin Architects. They build “pocket neighborhoods”, which are a pretty cool compromise between cohousing and conventional neighborhoods. Here are a few pictures from the site:

Security and the Green Hill

March 26, 2009 by


I noticed this article today. The line that jumped out at me was, “the 14-year-old girl went missing from a baby-sitting job in 1998″. This is why I feel it’s so important to build a community of people who know and trust and look out for each other. People shouldn’t just disappear. Especially little people.

Living in the Country

March 23, 2009 by


A lot of my Facebook friends have been taking the “Where should you be living?” quiz, and the most common result is “The country”. I can appreciate that. Some of my favorite pastimes are hiking around in the hills and trees, enjoying beautiful sunrises, and spending a pleasant evening with friends out on the front […]

Not a Perfect Solution

March 9, 2009 by


A while back Derek responded to the cohousing discussion, saying, “Honestly, I’d want something to basically BE a suburban home (though not of the same size necessarily), and then have all of the nice community aspects – the community meeting area, kitchen, parks, etc. Too much to ask?” He said it jokingly, but it’s a […]

Other Layouts

March 5, 2009 by


Here are the layouts for some of the other sites. They’re all Danish communities, so I apologize if the names don’t just roll off the tongue… (All images from Cohousing by Kathryn McCamant and Charles R. Durrett.) Tornevangsgarden is a small community with only six residences. In addition to the usual common house and central […]


March 4, 2009 by


How do you layout a bofællesskab community? There are several styles (I’ll post some of the others later), but my favorite looks like this: This is the layout of Bondebjerget in Odense, Denmark. It is a single community divided into smaller circles, each with its own playground (marked with the number 3) and common building […]