It's cohousing, not a commune. Cohousing, an idea imported from Denmark by Katie McCamant, combines "the advantages of private homes with the benefits of more sustainable living, including shared common facilities and ongoing connections with neighbors."
And they can be green, too: Sabin Green in Portland, Oregon, shows that cohousing can work especially well at a smaller scale -- in this case, it's four homes on what was formerly two small residential lots. This week, we're focusing on what's outside: lots of space to interact with neighbors, attractive paths lined with productive gardens, and green, intelligent touches that aren't immediately obvious to the eye... and if you live in cohousing, or if you'd like to, we'd love to hear from you.
A trellis built with reclaimed wood marks the entrance to Sabin Green, a cohousing community in Portland, Oregon. Five separate structures stand on two formerly separate residential lots.