Intentional, collaborative co-housing is often considered a relative of the communes of the 1960s. Residents actively participate in the design and operation of their communities while maintaining privacy living in their own homes. A community is created that looks after each other and shares facilities such as dining and laundry areas.

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American architects Charles Durrett and Kathryn McCamant were inspired by cohousing communities they observed while studying in Denmark. While a few cohousing communities already existed in the US, they expanded the concept and soon the idea spread across the country. There are now 165 multi-generational and senior co-housing communities in 25 states with an additional 140 in development. We visited three senior co-housing communities to learn more.

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