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During a time of social isolation, cohousing builds community

Residents of Nanaimo’s only intentional community illustrate what living together really means. Do you know your neighbours’ names—first and last? What about their birthdays? Although cities are becoming more dense and technology has made the ability to connect with each other instant, the emotional distance between some people continues to grow. But connection is hardwired …

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Such Stuff As Dreams Are Made On

The Calgary European Film Festival in partnership with the Austrian Cultural Forum is bringing a unique documentary about the co-housing movement in Austria to Canada! Such Stuff As Dreams Are Made On is a documentary about self-organized and self-managed housing projects in Austria, which formed in the 1960s. Through interviews with participants and residents of these individual housing …

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Oct 9 – Social event: Southlands Pumpkin Patch

Fall is upon us, so this month OUV will be meeting up for a pumpkiny good time at Southlands Heritage Farm in Vancouver. We’ll be attending rain or shine, so come dressed for the weather. Friday, October 9th – 5:30-6:30 We recommend purchasing tickets in advance here: Southlands Heritage Farm October Pumpkin Patch

November Zoom coffee chat

If we’ve learned anything from COVID-19 is that we all know how to Zoom. Although we miss meeting in person, Zoom does have its advantages. No need to dress up too fancy or search for a place to park your bike come to mind. If you’re interested in finding out about cohousing and pressed for …

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Happier together

Our Urban Village is proud and excited to be a future part of the pioneering research project Happy Neighbours: Promoting affordability and social wellbeing through multi-unit housing design and programming actions. Happy City will assess the impact of the design on residents’ sociability, sense of belonging, social trust, perceived health and level of engagement before …

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