CoHousing Hui

Collective Urban Housing in Aotearoa

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1 Day (Tuesday 12th of Feb)
6+ Local & International Speakers
Faculty of Architecture & Design,
139 Vivian Street,
Te Aro,
Dr Michael LaFond,
Founder and Director of id22: Institute for Creative Sustainability, Berlin

How do we give housing agency to the city and its residents? 

Housing in Aotearoa is in crisis. Whether it’s housing quality, cost or the fact that a growing number of people are living in isolation, the current approach to housing is not addressing these key issues.

There are significant challenges presented by the current housing market and the standard approach to developing housing.

There’s a growing appetite for new solutions that shift away from speculation and promote equitable, sustainable, collective models of housing.

Come join us and a range of international and local speakers for a day of talks, workshops and conversations to help bring CoHousing to life in Aotearoa.

homes account for almost 30% of New Zealand's electricity consumption and are major contributors to greenhouse gas emissions. ”

Wellington City Council

"We are seeing a paradigm shift occurring where the collective direct procurement power of well organised boutique housing communities is demonstrating that they are able to operate independently from our developer dominated housing delivery sector. What is even more remarkable is that this is happening from the bottom up despite a lack of infrastructure to support New Zealand Collective Urban housing."

Mark Southcombe
Faculty of Architecture & Design, Victoria University Wellington

Our Speakers

Michael LaFond

Community Developer, Project Manager and Urbanist. Michael LaFond is the founder and Director of ‘id22’ the Institute for Creative Sustainability based in Berlin.

Institute for Creative Sustainability
Berlin, Germany
Robin Allison

With her training in architecture, Robin initiated and coordinated the development of Earthsong Eco-Neighbourhood, where she still lives. She now writes, teaches and consults around New Zealand to inspire and support thriving connected communities.

Earthsong (90s-)
Bill McKay

Bill McKay is a lecturer at the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of Auckland. He writes extensively on New Zealand architecture and his commentary and criticism over the last decade has been recognised by the NZ Institute of Architects with a Presidents Award and Urbis magazine named him Best Architectural Writer.

Michael Payne

Born in 1934 and identifying as an ‘Ancient architect’. Michael can claim to have 12,000 people living in housing he designed. Has lived for the past 30 years in the Whanganui Quaker Settlement (which he designed).

Historic Ohu (70s)
Richard Thompson

Richard Thompson is a consultant facilitator and timber business owner based in Whanganui. He is a former chairman of the NZ Landcare Trust and former president of Ecologic Foundation.

Dehli Village
Tim Ross

TIm Ross is the architect of several multi-unit passive house residential projects including the High Street Passive House Cohousing project.

High Street CoHousing
Bobbie Cornell and Nicci Armour

Bobbie & Nicci are a part of CLOSER Developments, working to provide affordable housing solutions through building Connected Communities, not just houses.

Closer Developments
Tania Sawicki-Mead & Alana McCrossin

The Buckley Road group is seeking to get around this this by building a small CoHousing community in the southern suburb of Southgate.

Buckley Road project
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