“CoHousing Inclusive” is a book which contains “critical reviews of model projects representing a multifaceted European movement, complemented with photos and drawings. Short texts argue how political and financial conditions can be improved to better realize community housing. Finally, a range of voices offer unconventional and promising strategies.” [from the Editors of the book].
The graphic idea of the book involves spatial hand-drawings, portraits, plans and analytical sketches, along with the photo material. Both are aimed to help to convey the stories written in the text in an engaging manner.
The book consists of four different chapters, as well as Prologue and Next Steps (conclusions). Each chapter has its own design approach and color code. The idea of the color coding came as a necessity to separate German and English text of the book since it’s bilingual.
Spatial drawings of each Model Project from the first chapter (orange color) gave an opportunity in a schematic way to convey more clearly the idea of the project. An Urban scheme was able to represent contexts of the project since some of them are located in the city center or in the former industrial area. The zoomed-in image of the building was aimed to represent the common spaces of the project and represent the varieties of the location as well as functions of the later.
The idea of portraying each person was introduced in order to connect the reader with all the real people who were interviewed in the research process in the existing CoHousing Projects, as well as all the authors with their various approaches on the subject.
The book contains 240 pages and is printed in a soft-cover by the Jovis.
Editors and initiators of the book are Dr. Michael LaFond and Larisa Tsvetkova (id22: Institute for Creative Sustainability). It has been funded by various partners that are mentioned in the book.
The book is being distributed through various shops, markets and events.
You may find more information on the book as well as the authors on the specially dedicated webpage Cohousing Inclusive.