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Know thy neighbour

One of the great things about cohousing is that you get to know your neighbours before you move in. It takes time to build a cohousing project. But during that period, you’re forging friendships with the people you’ll be living with later. Here are just a few things our community members share. Sharing skills When …

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Vancouver’s first ‘cohousing lite’ housing project close to breaking ground

“Once you get them built [it’s great]. It’s getting them built that’s a bitch. It’s a good way to live.” Pushing forward an innovative housing project in a pricey market such as Vancouver takes a level of commitment few have the capacity to maintain over the longterm. But Kathy Sayers is among those who’ve persevered …

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Architects and planners aim to create family-friendly apartment housing in the city

Most multi-family housing projects have amenity rooms, but with the cost of land rising and new units getting smaller, many of these common areas are being downsized. Often they are only 450 square feet. “You put in a few exercise bikes and you’re done,” said Vancouver architect Marianne Amodio. “They are getting smaller and smaller.” …

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Tomo on Main

Multi-family housing collaboration Can we design multi-family housing to nurture strong, supportive social relationships? Hundreds of hours of research led us to believe the answer is Yes. Tomo House brings this idea to life. Tomo House has brought Happy City into a unique collaboration with an enlightened developer (Take Root), a creative design team (Lanefab …

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Co-housing project on Main Street in Vancouver approved with affordable units

A minor residential project approved by Vancouver City Council on Tuesday evening is drawing attention for its unique co-housing model. ‘Tomo House’, designed by Marianne Amodio Architecture Studio, is located at a 6,700-sq-ft lot at 5809-5811 Main Street – just one block south of 41st Avenue. It is a partnership between Tomo Spaces Inc., the …

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