What is a home? Workshop

I’m happy to be participating in the upcoming Planner’s Network Conference: PN 2019 Montreal conference: Resisting Displacement & Dispossession. The workshop takes place June 21-22 in multiple cities! You can register for the conference here. I’m going to be running a participative workshop called “What is a home?” “What is a home?” is a facilitated […]

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Street Smart Urbanism & Performative Approaches to Smartness

Concordia University’s Institute for Urban Futures is presenting a round-table discussion, and I’m lucky enough to participate! I’m going to be talking about (surprise! surprise!) cohousing! Specifically: Drawing Back to Leap Forward: Rebuilding the Village Together, the Case of Collaborative Housing “How can researchers from different disciplines and practices come together to diversify and critically […]

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Get to know the neighbours: Cohousing experiments in democratic living

IT IS POPULAR today to claim that polity is giving way to tribalism, whether of the partisan or lifestyle-politics variety, making a widely shared understanding of the challenges we face, and the possible solutions to them, feel out of reach. In such a situation it would seem foolhardy to try to invite closed-up people into […]

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Cohousing is an inclusive approach to smart, sustainable cities

The idea that technology will fix complex and systemic problems like climate change, poverty, the housing crisis or health care is simplistic to say the least. We need a radical shift in how we live, and designing for environmental and social sustainability cannot simply be about applying new technologies to our existing models of living. We need […]

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Smart cities include smart communities

I was very honored to be asked to talk at the most recent Chancellor’s Builders and Friends Dinner on October 25, 2018. I was asked to speak about my research into cohousing and it’s relationship to the concept of smart cities. It’s just 3 mins long, so as a person who is, despite my best […]

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500 communities program

I’ve joined the 500 Communities Program, run by Cohousing Solutions. That means I’m joining a growing network of cohousing practitioners who are learning from the most experienced cohousing consultants in North America. This means that people who are in Eastern Canada who are looking to get help from the best… I can help you! We […]

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Eco-Design for Behavior Change: Sustainability is people

This article first appeared in Communities: Eco-Building, (Summer 2018); for further information on Communities: ic.org/communities-magazine-home Eco-Design for Behavior Change: Sustainability is people The notion that technological innovations will save the day as it relates to environmental problems such as climate change and “the Great Acceleration” seems simplistic to me, to say the least, and dangerous when we consider the […]

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