Books on cohousing
Cohousing by Kathryn McCamant and Charles Durrett (ISBN 0898155398): very useful case histories from Denmark and USA.
Creating a Life Together by Diana Leafe Christian (ISBN 0-86571-471-1): good on group forming/dynamics, decision-making and conflict handling.
Thinking About Cohousing by Martin Field (ISBN 0-9514945-7-0): a UK book on cohousing, useful on some of the particularities of the UK situation, strong on some of the legal/technical aspects – e.g. legal frameworks, specimen shareholders’ agreements, business plan checklists.
Cohousing in Britain: A Diggers and Dreamers Review (ISBN 0954575733): contains chapters by a number of authors including one by Alan Heeks and Charles Couzens, who are involved in our project. This book is the most up-to-date account of the UK cohousing scene.
Senior Cohousing: A Community Approach to Independent Living by Charles Durrett (ISBN 0-945929-30-7): a good new book on senior cohousing, mainly case studies from Denmark and the USA.
Reinventing Community by David Wann (ISBN 1-55591-501-9): an enjoyable book with interviews with some of the leading figures in American cohousing, e.g. Charles McCamant, the first cohousing developer, architects, group facilitators, plus a range of community members.
Eco Village at Ithaca by Liz Walker (ISBN 0-86571-524-6): his is a recent cohousing ecovillage which has attracted a lot of media interest. A frank account of the joys and challenges!
Books on Sociocracy
We the people: consenting to a deeper democracy by John Buck (ISBN 9780979282737): our original Sociocracy reference book.
Many Voices One Song by Ted Rau and Jerry Koch-Gonzalez (ISBN 9781949183009): a more community-oriented book and our go-to reference for all members.
The UK Cohousing Network includes both established and forming cohousing groups, and is a useful source of contacts and information.
The Community Project in Sussex is the longest established cohousing project in the UK, and some of their documentation may be useful.
The Threshold Centre run courses on cohousing and other topics; their website has general information about the project, and details of their planning application and the supporting case.
Stroud Cohousing was the first new-build cohousing group in the UK.
Lancaster Cohousing has won many awards.
LILAC (Low Impact Living Affordable Community) is a carbon neutral cohousing project in Leeds.
In 2019 a research team from the London School of Economics used Bridport Cohousing as a case study for their report on the wider benefits of cohousing.