So far there have been three sites for which we developed basic outline schemes, drawing on the best features of properties we visited for sale, cohousing such as Springhill and other inspirational buildings.
At a pre-application meeting with planners for the smallest scheme we met genuine enthusiasm and interest. There is much in our project that answers the question of how to live together and live well into old age.
In each of these explorations we tested and refined our requirements according to the different shapes, building forms, orientation and lie of the land we found.
to leave the world a little bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breather easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded! Ralph Waldo Emerson
We also dreamed a little: of keeping animals and bees, of cultivating a kitchen garden and orchard, of covered walkways, verandahs and seating,
of having space to play and keep fit – perhaps a pool? –
The Wish List is open to new suggestions; at meetings of the Living Project No 1 we put our heads together (directors and interested parties, new and old) and brainstorm before we have to get real and estimate the cost of works and the time it takes to achieve change.
Browse the Archive posts (2012 onwards) for discussions of our investigations and evidence of the Living Project taking shape with references to cohousing projects, mostly in Britain, and research into housing for elders and retirement planning, also into the benefits of cross-generational projects.