Fiesta! Winter common meal

In readiness of our plans to share meals in our own Urban Coup, a common meal was organised again this year so members could come together informally to get to know each other a bit more, especially since the influx of new members from the Richmond info session.

Social Saunter – Getting the measure of apartment living

The group at the roof top garden at Carlton

What does 50-55m2 look like in 3D? Although the architect’s drawings for multiple story/multi dwelling plans look great on paper, it can be hard to visualise the size of the rooms, the feel of the space and where those last 200 books are going to be stored. So a social saunter was organised to visit several apartments to give members an appreciation of compact living.

Info session at the Richmond Library

Presentation about Cohousing at the Richmond Library - 2015

Following our attendance at the 2015 Sustainable Living Festival, members of the Urban Coup community hosted a group of about 35 interested people at our Richmond Library information session, which is one of our main recruitment events.

Commonground weekend April 2014

Great food, friendly faces and exciting plans were key features of the Urban Coup’s recent ‘weekend away’ at the Commonground Cooperative near Seymour. This was in a series of regular events that sees the Urban Coup community spend the weekend together –building our own community by spending time together within another community.

Kangaroos around Commonground fields - 2014

Sustainable Living Festival 2014

The weather was kinder this year at the Sustainable Living Festival and the Urban Coup community had a great few days talking cohousing over the Big Weekend (14th to 16th February).

Sustainable Living Festival 2014 -- Our tent

Urban Coup shared a stall with Cohousing Australia, which allowed lots of cross pollination about different cohousing projects around the country.

Our first newsletter

Who are we?

Annual General Meeting 2013 - Outside South Melbourne Town HallUrban Coup is a group of people who are preparing to purchase land close to the Melbourne CBD and build a sustainable inner urban cohousing community. We intend to build a community of 30 households, six of which will be social (affordable) housing and the remaining 24 will be private dwellings. There will be a mix of one, two and three bedroom self - contained residences, a common house with shared kitchen and dining, shared garden and orchard, music room, 2 - 3 rooms for guest accommodation, car sharing, and other shared facilities. We hope to purchase land and begin to build in 2014 with the Women’s Property Initiatives (WPI), a housing association that will act as our project developer, to buy the land and finance the building that each of us will then buy ‘off the plan’.

Urban Coup Information Session - Richmond 16 March 2013

Our information session at Richmond Library in March brought together many new friends made at the Sustainable Living Festival in February and further indications of the strong interest this project is gathering in the Melbourne community.

Urban Coup at Melbourne Sustainable Living Festival

There was standing room only in the tent venue known as 'Under the Gum Tree' at the Sustainable Living Festival in February, when Urban Coup members participated in a panel session Living Sustainably Through Co-Housing.

Facilitated by long standing 'Urban Couper', Sally MacAdam, the panel with Brenda Appleton, Gitanjali Bedi, and Fiona Armstrong talked about what co-housing is (shared common facilities, including open spaces, that are community owned, with private dwellings) and what is is not (a commune, a group that shares all their assets, a open community with no individual privacy).

Design principles workshop with Paul Downton

Urban Coup's project is moving into a very exciting phase with new members following some great events at the Sustainable Living Festival in February.

On the first weekend in March a group of 20 of us headed off to Commonground near Seymour for a two day workshop on design principles with architect Paul Downton.