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Cohousing - The Answer to Sustainable Development Public Deposited

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  • In response to climate change and limited resources this paper reviews cohousing as a possible option for sustainable development. Sustainable design practices that incorporate economic, environmental and social issues need to be present in our neighborhoods. Other development methods incorporate one, but not all three, of the triple bottom line approach. In order to present comprehensive implementation strategies, findings from a literature review were synthesized. Observational research methods were used for local cohousing communities to investigate outcomes and applications of design elements from the literature review. The purpose of this study was to investigate the design of cohousing developments in Oregon utilizing a holistic design approach for cohousing developments. The question investigated asks for ways cohousing can address the needs of sustainable development. It is hoped that this study allows designers and consumers ways to incorporate sustainable practices for future developments. Conclusions revealed current cohousing communities do not reflect holistic sustainable development. A movement towards Retrofit Cohousing is suggested to better fit the sustainability model.
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