Pioneered in Denmark, when women first entered the workforce, cohousing created an efficient environment for shared childcare, grocery shopping, and cooking.
There are six defining characteristics of cohousing.
Cohousing came to the US in the 1980s;
now at least 100 projects have been successfully developed.
At the core is: private space for each household, with common space shared by the entire group.
Typically, private space is smaller than most Americans are used to because of the shared community spaces.
Cohousing communities make decisions by consensus, which may be slower, but, each decision creates more clarity in the community's vision, and more cohesion among the members.