Housing Our Society — 4 Comments

  1. YES~Nurturing Neighborhoods, where we all live nearby one another yet have our own spaces. built to be disaster resistant, fire resistant and more.

    thank you, Kelly, for sharing what is in many folks’ hearts and minds. we are on the way to fulfilling many dreams.

  2. Hi Kelly, thank you for putting so well into words all that is in my heart and mind.

    As we move into the new chapter of earth adventures, all the old patterns and ‘rules’ of divide and conquer are done. even if they appeared to work in the past, this is no longer the case.

    There are many souls who are dreaming these dreams of living closer, yet having our own spaces. living in nurturing neighborhoods.

    more to come. as I find words to share.

  3. And also share together while working out that many of us move about. Hold on to the basic base while being in and out. As a group we work this out. This is part of your thought that single family idea needs to be greatly blown open
    Thanks for putting this out

  4. I really like the concept of communal living. In northern Ghana, houses tend to be quite large as Ghanaian families are large and new structures – though modern in layout – are designed for the tradition of always hosting guests and family members, or with the expectation that there may be several members of the nuclear or extended family staying for prolonged periods of time.

    Because of this, as a foreigner that rents, I often end up in houses that are far too large for mine and my daughter’s needs, so we rent our additional bedrooms out for some extra cash and the welcome company. It’s been quite a good arrangement as I typically invite only those that I’ve come to know through social circles to stay with us and I know from earlier interactions that we’ll get along well. Though this type of living in the blog post is a bit more separated, consistently having roommates and sharing a more communal style of living appeals to me.

    I plan to start work on my property in November/December and plan to take this concept into my design. I’d like to have several free-standing bungalows, but with open spaces in the compound (half-acre) to set up shared spaces, such as a pavilion and picnic area, maybe a concrete pad in a shaded area for yoga or other types of exercise (even building an outdoor exercise space) – all for people to come and enjoy together as they rent out the bungalows for however long they need to. Coming to live and work in a foreign country, particularly on short-term assignments, can be isolating as you don’t have time to make the social connections. I think creating a communal space like the one I have described above and what we see in the blog would be a welcome shift to a more tightly-knit neighborhood type of space, as opposed to only seeing one another out in bars or at work events.

    I also hope to cater to Ghanaians with this as well, especially those that may be based in the capital, but come up north for short stints of work. I think they may find this type of living welcome as well because culturally, most Ghanaians are very social and enjoy being out with friends and simply existing in a more communal way.

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