Mother Earth Living


Urban Community: Building Shared Housing in Run-Down Urban Areas

Vacant urban areas offer opportunities for new residential communities where seniors, singles and families with small children can feel safe.



Doyle Street Community
Photo By Ross Chapin
A small group of urban pioneers transformed a deserted warehouse into a safe home and vibrant pocket neighborhood for a dozen families.
Photo Courtesy McCamant & Durett Architects
"Pocket Neighborhoods" offers a glimpse into alternative living arrangements and co-housing communities that provide security, shelter, convenience, comfort and meaning.
Photo Courtesy The Taunton Press
The terrace off the second level provides a well-used space for families to get together for dinner, as well as an overlook to the parking court and street below.
Photo By Ken Gutmaker
The original brick walls of the warehouse lend character to the common dining room and kitchen. As with the loft that was created above the kitchen, every space of the two-story structure is utilized.
Photo By Ken Gutmaker
Swan’s Market, a historic market building in downtown Oakland, California, made room in its renovation for a vibrant residential community.
Photo By Ken Gutmaker
"Pocket Neighborhoods" offers a glimpse into alternative living arrangements and co-housing communities that provide security, shelter, convenience, comfort and meaning.
Illustration Courtesy The Taunton Press, ©2011 by The Taunton Press
The cluster of apartments is on the second floor above shops, offices, a café, a children’s museum, and a garage.
Illustration Courtesy The Taunton Press, ©2011 by The Taunton Press
An open pedestrian street was carved out of the building, leaving the steel structure intact. The resulting space is a quiet refuge for its residents from the bustle of the city.
Photo By Ken Gutmaker
Berkeley Cohousing: A vacant and derelict urban lot with several run-down buildings was transformed into a pocket neighborhood community for 14 households.
Photo By Ken Gutmaker
"Pocket Neighborhoods" offers a glimpse into alternative living arrangements and co-housing communities that provide security, shelter, convenience, comfort and meaning.
Illustration Courtesy The Taunton Press, ©2011 by The Taunton Press
Four new buildings were added to the four existing buildings on the site, creating an eclectic mix of styles.
Photo By Ken Gutmaker
Community residents come together several times a week to share evening meals in the dining room of the Common House. Salvaged redwood paneling and trim was restored to give this room its warm feel.
Photo By Ken Gutmaker

















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