Case Study

Cambridge Cohousing

A small group of Cambridge Cohousing participants gathers during a visit to the construction site this past summer.


Cohousing has the potential to be a very low-impact housing option, though it doesn’t always work out that way. Communities in rural areas still tend to increase automobile use and may take up valuable land. Houses are not always as energy- efficient as they could be. A new cohousing development nearing completion in Cambridge, Massachusetts has addressed these and other issues in a comprehensive way. Although the real test of occupancy has yet to occur, indications are that Cambridge Cohousing is among the most ecologically sound of these communities.

Published October 1, 1997

(1997, October 1). Cambridge Cohousing. Retrieved from