Before I set sail with a freighter ship for the Americas, I couchsurfed at a co-housing community in Rotterdam in the Netherlands, with Host, Karel Slot. The co-housing initiative, called Centraal Wonen Zevenkamp, is now 35 years old! Karel is one of its founding members.
In a co-housing community, people can own or rent their own property but share common resources such as meeting rooms, tool sheds and vegetable gardens. It is a wonderful way to live more sustainably and have community.
According to the intentional communities inventory book Eurotopia Edition 2014, Centraal Wonen Zevenkamp is situated on 13 ha in the region of CW7 on the edge of the city of Rotterdam. There are over 100 people living here, a mix of men women and children occupying up to 60 houses. Sustainability and neighbourly help are two of the main fields of action for the community.
According to Eurotopia, the community is situated in the most beautiful part of Rotterdam. And I can believe it! Dragon flies, parakeets and butterflies greeted me as I approached this co-housing initiative just a short walk from the Metro station that leads to the city centre.
I’m keen to find out what life is like in a co-housing initiative and what are some of the reasons for the success of this particular co-housing initiative.
Join me as I talk to Karel and also to Anton van Aart who Chairs the Co-housing group. (This show was recorded on the 4th of July).
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This show was originally broadcast on the 3rd August 2017 with the help of Otago Access Radio 105.4FM. Eco Living in Action is sponsored by Sustainable Dunedin City.