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. It was also an opportunity to take part in the preparation and sharing of a wonderful meal. The theme was Mexican fiesta! And the food was delicious.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Urban Coup shared a stall with Cohousing Australia, which allowed lots of cross pollination about different cohousing projects around the country.
Who are we?
Urban 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.
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.
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.
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.