Many of us have dreamed of living in community but have struggled to know where to start. You can read all the books out there and still flounder. Having both explored the possibilities of starting a community we feared that we were repeating the same mistakes others had already made. Despite a long tradition of … Continue reading Building community and learning from failure
Increasing numbers of people are interested in developing community self build projects around the world. In the UK inspirational projects include LILAC (Leeds), Hockerton Housing Project (Nottinghamshire), Springhill Co-Housing (Stroud), Hedgehog (Brighton) and Lancaster Co-Housing (Lancaster). These ground breaking projects are sites of learning and knowledge sharing: about ecological building practices, challenging market models, collaborative … Continue reading 10 Tips for Building Together
Ruth Hayward and Jenny Pickerill Community-led housing groups can be brilliant partners for housing associations in developing new homes. They bring with them a ready group of tenants, a variety of skills and a keenness to develop new forms of housing, but they tend to lack the expertise of finding sites and the investment capital … Continue reading Mutual gain? Housing associations working with community-led housing groups
[This is a short request for contacts in Germany from a fellow researcher, please contact Kirstie directly ...] Germany is frequently cited as being a world leader in green building (along with parts of Scandinavia), often inspiring action in other parts of the world. To understand why Germany has developed green or more sustainable building practices … Continue reading Building a Green Economy – Experiences from Germany Sought. Nachhaltinger Bauens in Deutschland – ein Übergang zu einer nachhaltigen Lebensweise?
I have recently been teaching the environmental geography of eco-housing to final year undergraduate geography students here at the University of Leicester (Britain). It has been a fun process of trying to organise my thoughts and recent research into a coherent story. I am not sure if they are of interest or use to anyone … Continue reading Lectures on eco-housing