Intentional, collaborative cohousing 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.


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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