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Caddis Volunteers Here, There, and Everywhere!

Caddis staff members love to invest energy locally. It’s the best way they know to grow better places. Read our blog post to learn more about the many ways Caddis staff have contributed to places they lived before coming to Colorado and how they’re continuing their volunteer efforts now that they call Boulder home.

Caddis Is Coming to Madison!

Caddis Collaborative is coming to Madison, Wisconsin, for the 2022 conference of the Cohousing Association of the United States! The conference – themed “Communities Coming Together” – will be held August 26-28. Read more in our blog post.

Caddis Employee Named TGTHR Volunteer of the Year

Caddis' Karin Hoskin has been named Volunteer of the Year for TGTHR, an organization serving homeless youth in Boulder, Colorado. Karin is part of TGTHR’s Street Outreach team. Read our blog post to learn more.

Designing with Nature: Biodiverse Design in Caddis Projects

How do you make a green environment for people to live in that is also integrated with nature? Throughout our work, we affirm the belief that the human world and the natural world can and should be integrated – rather than designing so that housing is over here and nature over there.

Caddis Spotlight: River and Woods

Located in a century-old miner’s cabin in downtown Boulder, River and Woods restaurant specializes in what it calls “Colorado comfort cuisine.” Caddis was pivotal in the reoccupation of this historic building as a restaurant.

Caddis Spotlight: Naropa University

Located in Boulder, Naropa University was the first accredited university to bring contemplative education to the West. A cherished local institution, Naropa offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in contemplative psychology, environmental studies, and creative writing, among others. Of particular renown is the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, founded by poets Allen Ginsberg and Anne Waldman. Caddis’s work for Naropa has included designing the university’s student lounge, Snowlion student housing, performing arts center, café, Alaya Preschool, and Nalanda campus as well as assisting with the university’s master planning and property entitlement processes.

Caddis Spotlight: Hillside School

Located in Boulder County, Hillside School educates students with dyslexia and other learning differences through a half-day personalized learning environment. Caddis Collaborative is helping this wonderful community resource as it evolves, conducting Boulder County Special Use Review and Entitlement processes for a wonderful new facility that will architecturally match Hillside’s innovative teaching approach in a setting that provides quiet outdoor space and nature play opportunities for the students.

Caddis Spotlight: Rocky Mountain Ecodharma Retreat Center

Rocky Mountain Ecodharma Retreat Center is a rustic Buddhist retreat center that brings Buddhism and Dharma back into the natural world where they originated. Caddis Collaborative helped preserve and codify the historic use of this land as an educational retreat center through Boulder County entitlement processes and provided design services for bringing the facilities into year-round use, adding renewables, and ensuring historic preservation.

Neuroscience and Architecture: What Science Teaches Us About Designing Buildings for Mental Health and Well-Being

Caddis Collaborative is excited to be working with consulting architect Jim Kehoe, who brings his work with architecture and neuroscience to our projects in western Colorado. Thanks to Jim, our work on a multifamily neighborhood in Ridgway, Colorado, as well as our work on affordable housing developments is designed to support residents’ health and well-being. Read Jim’s blog post to learn more about this fascinating approach to architecture.

Working with Lama Foundation: University of Colorado Architecture Students Bring Their Skills to a Spiritual Retreat Center

Stephen Eckert, senior architect at Caddis Collaborative, talks about the service work he and his wife, architect and University of Colorado faculty member Jade Polizzi, do with CU students. Almost every summer since 2010, Stephen and Jade have taken a group of about 12 architecture students to New Mexico to work on a “design build” project for Lama Foundation, an ecumenical spiritual retreat center. Read his blog post to find out about this unique project.

Four Strategies for Biodiverse Design

Caddis Collaborative is excited to be designing CoHousing Houston, a new community in the East End of Houston, Texas. Recently, two community members talked with Bryan about his “jump” into cohousing. Visit the Caddis blog to read more and listen to the podcast.

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Thriving During the Pandemic: The Story of One Urban Community

Caddis reflects on how Wild Sage Cohousing Community in Boulder, Colorado has thrived during the pandemic, by self-organizing for neighborly care and connection. Being able to know, see, and care for neighbors sustained Wild Sagers during the pandemic and was an unmeasured form of resilience. Communities like Wild Sage thrived during the pandemic – yet another reason to support community-first ways of living! Read more in our blog post.

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Podcast Feature: Jumping Into Cohousing

Caddis Collaborative is excited to be designing CoHousing Houston, a new community in the East End of Houston, Texas. Recently, two community members talked with Bryan about his “jump” into cohousing. Visit the Caddis blog to read more and listen to the podcast.

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American Cities Can Learn and Evolve

Caddis Collaborative concludes its blog series, “Evolving Toward Inclusive Cities.” This week’s post – “American Cities Can Learn and Evolve” – calls for readers to join us to make positive change in communities across the United States.

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A Vision for Change: Tulsa on the Move

Caddis Collaborative continues its blog series, “Evolving Toward Inclusive Cities.” This week’s post – “A Vision for Change: Tulsa on the Move” – tells the story of the 1921 Tulsa Massacre, the white terrorist destruction of the Greenwood neighborhood, also known as Black Wall Street.

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Creating Inclusive, Complete Communities

Caddis Collaborative continues its blog series, “Evolving Toward Inclusive Cities.” This week’s post – “Creating Inclusive, Complete Communities” – looks at ways cities can adapt to be more livable for everybody and more inclusive to those who are currently excluded in our cities and towns.

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Inclusionary Zoning and Housing Justice

Caddis Collaborative continues its blog series, “Evolving Toward Inclusive Cities.” This week’s post – “Inclusionary Zoning and Housing Justice” – looks at new ways to envision housing in American cities.

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The Air We Breathe Isn’t “Natural”

Caddis Collaborative is excited to launch a five-part blog series, “Evolving Toward Inclusive Cities.” Join us as we explore why American cities are segregated and exclusionary – and learn how we can undo the sins of the past. This week in “The Air We Breathe Isn’t ‘Natural,’” we look at the history of exclusionary practices.