Eco-Homes for all: Why the socio-cultural matters in encouraging eco-building

Introduction Self-build homes come in all shapes and sizes and are driven by a variety of intentions. Different budgets, environments and regulations shape them. I am particularly interested in those who collectively self-build homes based on ecological principles and within a small budget - self-build eco-homes often in eco-communities[i]. These homes are especially interesting because … Continue reading Eco-Homes for all: Why the socio-cultural matters in encouraging eco-building

Who builds the houses? Gender in eco-communities

Most houses in eco-communities are built by men. This article explores why this matters and some ways that women have started to reclaim the task of building their own homes. Gender is just one form of difference between us; we also differentiate ourselves by race, class, sexuality, size, and many other markers. But when it … Continue reading Who builds the houses? Gender in eco-communities

Building community and learning from failure

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

10 Tips for Building Together

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