On 2 April at 08.40 we had 4.58 minute of Chanel 9's Today Show dedicated to the Urban Coup. You can watch it here
Urban Coup members Cath, Nathan and Sally spoke recently at OASES Graduate School for their September Sustainability Breakfast. Donna Livermore and Ben Habib also spoke on their earnings and experiences transitioning towards a low carbon, localized lifestyle. The attendees came from a range of backgrounds: transition towns, co-housing, permaculture and local energy trading systems (LETS) and shared their stories, questions, and quandaries: what is shifting? How is your community responding to the call? What is inspiring us to connect and share? What are we as change agents and transitioners moving towards?
You can listen to all four parts of conversation or skip straight to Part IV, in which Nathan, Sally and Cath talk about how cohousing work, how our decision making processes enable our community, and the connection with sustainability.
OASES hosts the Sustainability Breakfasts every month.
Recently, some members living west of the CBD had come across a property they thought may be of interest to coupers. Although other locations have had a higher priority for Urban Coup in the past, it was decided to organise a social saunter to have a look at West Footscray
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. There will be a mix of one, two and three bedroom self - contained residences, a common house with shared kitchen and dining, shared garden and orchard, music room, 2 - 3 rooms for guest accommodation, car sharing, and other shared facilities. We hope to purchase land and begin to build in 2014 with the Women’s Property Initiatives (WPI), a housing association that will act as our project developer, to buy the land and finance the building that each of us will then buy ‘off the plan’.
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.