Neighbourhood Making

Community-led housing puts people at the centre of housing design and enables people to connect with their locality and each other without increasing pressure on climate and global ecosystems. Neighbourhoods create coherency and resilience in local areas, connecting people to their surroundings and local economies. 

The Neighbourhood Making programme is led by Workhouse Union with Cloughjordan CoHousing and Self Organised Architecture. This partnership will explore neighbourhood-making and progress community-led housing through a publication, seminar and an artist residency based at Cloughjordan EcoVillage, Co. Tipperary.

Visit the Cloughjordan Co-housing website or check out the prospectus for a Climate Smart Pocket Neighbourhood here to learn more.

Democratic, Inclusive and Creative Neighbourhoods 

An event was held in October 2022 by Cultivate, Cloughjordan Co-Housing and SONEC (Sociocratic Neighbourhood Circles), Cultivate, FEASTA, Workhouse Union, SOA and the Wellbeing Economy Alliance of Ireland. Part of the Creatively Building Back Better Project supported by the Irish Environmental Network. 

A networking and peer-sharing opportunity for community catalysts and practitioners of creative place-making. This dynamic session explored how we apply neighbourhood-based, participatory and inclusive processes to community-led housing, and other cooperative initiatives. 

The event featured Joseph Rathinam, a south Indian community activist. With inputs from Sinead Cullen, Peadar Kirby, Nathaniel Whitestone, SOA, Common Knowledge & WEAll IRELAND, and was facilitated by Davie Philip & Chris Chapman

You can view our Build Back Better page to learn more and see a report on the event.

If you are interested in learning more about co-housing, please contact Graham Lightfoot at