Explorations & Wish List

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IMG_0433So 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.


clustered farm buildings, vernacular tradition


Springhill main street
Springhill main ‘street’ between homes


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.


Bedales Library, a barn for books



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.




Wish List

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? –

DSC00264and of having room to pursue large scale activities like boat building, holding events, dances and concerts.



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.

Further Reading

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.


2 comments on “Explorations & Wish List

  1. Hi,
    I am really interested in getting involved in a co-housing project that sounds almost like your wish list.
    I currently live in East London with my daughter and grandson who are very much like me in terms of a natural, environmentally friendly and community living lifestyle.

    Unfortunately it is so expensive to buy or rent in London it removes the dream of home ownership and security.

    I would like to be considered as a family unit for your project and would love to be involved going forward if possible.

    Look forward to hearing from you.

  2. Although we have had enquiries from many people who would want to join co-housing in London, and although we have investigated three London sites, it is increasingly unlikely in cost-effective terms that the Living Project will create live-work homes with shared facilities and gardens in London.

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