CoHousing
Here!

2019

Bringing together innovators, policymakers and activists it challenges us to think about participative design, innovative home and community building, democratic urban planning, and agency for residents in the creation of their homes.

CoHousing Here aims to inform the Irish public in regard to alternative, socially and environmentally sustainable housing models, which encourage and facilitate diversity, adaptability and community development. CoHousing Here is designed to inspire Irish people as to the possibilities for participating in and contributing to high quality diverse urban neighbourhoods, as well as the potential for self-organised development.

Dr. Michael LaFond

URBAN ACTIVIST AND COHOUSING EXPERT

Michael is a Community Developer, Project Manager, Common Good Urban Activist and CoHousing Expert. He is a founder of id22: Institute for Creative Sustainability, whose work involves studying, supporting and publicising relationships among self-organized housing, post-growth urban development processes, regeneration and sustainability.

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Temitope Moses

HOUSING POLICY OFFICER, THE GLA

Temitope is a Policy Officer working in the Homes for Londoners team at the Greater London Authority. She is responsible for contributing to the development and review of housing policies, with a focus on supporting the growth of the community-led housing sector. She oversees the administration of the London Community Housing Fund.

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Jacqueline Tellinga

PLANNER AND URBANIST, AMSTERDAM

Jacqueline is a Dutch planner and urbanist who manages experimental urban developments. In doing this she firmly believes that people should be able to shape their own homes and living environments. As the project manager of the Homeruskwartier in Almere with 1400 individual plots she has been responsible for the largest self-build area in the Netherlands.

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Stephen Hill

PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT SURVEYOR

Stephen is a chartered planning and development surveyor, working as an independent public interest practitioner. He has visited the USA and Canada as a Churchill Fellow, and his research describes what can happen when the ‘state’ and ‘citizens’ collaborate to design alternative approaches to housing and neighbourhood development through community developed and owned housing.

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Geert De Pauw

ACTIVIST AND COMMUNITY WORKER

Geert has been active for more than 20 years for the right to housing in Brussels. In 2008, following a study visit to the Champlain Housing Trust in Burlington, he started advocating for the establishment of a Community Land Trust in Brussels. He coordinated the feasibility study for the establishment of a CLT, and is since coordinator of CLTB and cofounder of SHICC.

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Rosie Webb

Senior Architect, LCCC & SAUL

Rosie is the Senior Architect in Economic Development at LCCC. She leads programmes of work to stimulate the historic city centres of Limerick City, its towns and villages. She is also a lecturer at University of Limerick and founder of the Adaptive Governance Lab at SAUL. Her research at the AGL focuses on testing new ways to build strong community networks for greater citizen involvement.

Darach O’Connor

Senior Executive Officer, Dublin City Council

Darach is seeking to regenerate 6,000 apartment schemes over 40 years old, and to build more and better public housing and develop the City’s Capital Regeneration Work Programme for 2019- 2040. He has over 20 years’ experience of working in various regeneration, housing and planning initiatives like the Dublin Docklands Strategic Development Zone.

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John Coleman

CEO, The Land Development Agency

John is Chief Executive of the Land Development Agency (LDA) which is focused on opening up State owned land for development, the regeneration of under-utilised sites and legacy use areas, and assembling strategic land-banks over the long-term. He is a Chartered Accountant and previously worked at NAMA, where he was Chief Financial Officer.

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Tom O’Donnell

ARCHITECT AND CO-FOUNDER OF SOA

Tom is an architect working in Germany and Ireland. He is a founder and Co-Director of SOA, an organisation whose aim is to develop the possibilities for cooperative and collaborative approaches to housing in Ireland.  In 2008 he established his own practice in Hamburg.

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Morning Panel Discussion

at 'CoHousing Here' on 14.06.2019

Michael LaFond, Temitope Moses, Jacqueline Tellinga and Ali Grehan discuss ways in which the City/State can facilitate and support cohousing initiatives. Moderated by Davie Philip of Cloughjordan CoHousing.

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Afternoon Panel Discussion

at 'CoHousing Here' on 14.06.2019

Stephen Hill, Geert De Pauw, Rosie Webb, Darach O’Connor, John Coleman, Tom O’Donnell and Eldon Hilliard discuss ways in which the City/State can facilitate and support cohousing initiatives. Moderated by Davie Philip of Cloughjordan CoHousing.

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Dr. Michael LaFond

URBAN ACTIVIST AND COHOUSING EXPERT

Michael is a Community Developer, Project Manager, Common Good Urban Activist and CoHousing Expert. He is a founder of id22: Institute for Creative Sustainability, whose work involves studying, supporting and publicising relationships among self-organized housing, post-growth urban development processes, regeneration and sustainability.

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Inka Drohn

ARCHITECT AND PARTICIPATIVE DESIGN EXPERT

Inka is an expert in participative design and founder of archid, a practice which focuses on environmentally and socially sustainable architecture. Inka offers experience not only in design and management, but also as a client representative in a wide range of projects, starting from single family homes to settlements with more than 200 housing units.

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Maria Brenton

UK SENIOR COHOUSING AMBASSADOR

Maria is the UK Cohousing Network’s Senior Cohousing Ambassador. For many years she has worked with the OWCH (Older Women’s Cohousing) Group, who at the end of 2016, moved in to ‘New Ground’ Cohousing in North London, the UK’s first and only Senior Cohousing Community. Maria has researched and written about cohousing in various countries.

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Eldon Hilliard

Common Ground CoHousing, Bray

Eldon’s interest in CoHousing stems from his studies in Environmental Science which convinced him of the need for society to pioneer a new aspiration of living. Eldon has direct experience of CoHousing having lived in Camphill Community Jerpoint. He co-organised the Irish Community Living Unconference and the resulting website communityliving.ie.

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Daniela Patti

ARCHITECT AND CO-FOUNDER OF EUTROPIAN

Daniela is a co-founder of Eutropian. She is an architect and urban planner, and holds a Ph.D. in urbanism. Her recent research and projects’ interest has been on the governance of peri-urban landscape, the revitalisation of local food markets, economic models for community-based urban development and strategies to tackle urban poverty.

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Carles Baiges Camprubí

URBAN SOCIOLOGIST AND ARCHITECT

Carles is an architect (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya) and urban sociologist (Universiteit van Amsterdam). He’s a partner at the cooperative of architects Lacol and activist at the housing cooperative La Borda. He mainly works and researches on citizen participation, public space and housing policies.

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Michael Broderick

Project Lead, HBFI

Michael was appointed as Project Lead for Home Building Finance Ireland by the Minister for Finance in July 2018. He is a former Army Officer, and joined the NTMA in 2006 as a Financial Analyst, where he worked on a number of PPP infrastructure projects. Before his appointment at HBFI he held a number of different roles at NAMA, including Deputy Head of Residential Delivery.

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