Live Course: Senior Cohousing: A Community Approach to Independent Living

When:  May 17, 2021 from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM (ET)
Associated with  Design for Aging

Senior Cohousing: A Community Approach to Independent Living

May 17 at 3pm ET | 1 AIA LU

Hosted by the Design for Aging (DFA) Knowledge Community.

Imagine a living arrangement in which multiple, individually owned housing units (usually 20-30) are oriented around a common open area and a common house – a place where community is a way of life. Imagine residents who actively cooperate in planning the project, with one goal in mind – to recreate an old-fashioned neighborhood that supports friendly cooperation and socialization which lead to some level of mutual support. Imagine senior cohousing.


Charles Durrett headshot
Charles Durrett, AIA

Charles Durrett, with Kathryn McCamant, introduced the concept of cohousing to the United States with the seminal book Cohousing: A Contemporary Approach to Housing Ourselves. The latest edition is Creating Cohousing, Building Sustainable Communities. He has written several other books on cohousing, including “Senior Cohousing: A Community Approach to Independent Living—The Handbook”, “The Senior Cohousing Primer: Recent Examples and New Projects”, “Happily Ever Aftering in Cohousing: A Handbook for Community Living”, and “State-Of-The-Art Cohousing: Lessons Learned from Quimper Village”.