Designing Families is a thought-provoking examination of the challenges facing the nuclear family as it enters the new millenium. John Scanzoni sets the issue of change in families in aN historical and cross-cultural perspective tracing the development of the family from the Agricultural Age to the Information Age.

Cohousing as Family Reform

Cohousing as family reform

Architect Dorit Fromm tells us that the beliefs and values that eventually gave rise to what is now known as cohousing were spawned in Denmark in the mid-1960s. However, the actual label of cohousing itself did not appear until 20 years later.1 That term was coined by two American architects, Kathryn McCamant and Charles Durrett, who, in the late 1980s, were in Denmark studying collaborative communities. The Danes who created the initial collaborative, or cohousing, communities were “unhappy with living in the city or isolated in suburban one-family houses that ‘destroy the landscape and the soul,’ and they agreed it was best to live close to each other in housing designed with their needs in mind.” 2 Initially, ...

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