25 Homes Will Have Own Water, Energy, Food and Waste Disposal
A project has recently been presented at the Venice Biennale, the International Architecture Exhibition, to create villages that provide the comforts of a regular modern lifestyle, but which are entirely self-reliant and sustainable.
The company behind the design is ReGen Villages, a California-based company which intends to jump-start the project in Almere, 20 minutes from Amsterdam. It has also partnered with the Danish architectural firm EFFEKT. The plan is to construct 25 homes by 2017 and eventually expand the community to 100.
ReGen Villages want to become the Tesla of integrated, self-sustaining eco-villages. (Image courtesy of Regen Villages.)
Homes That Can Take Care of Themselves
The homes will be built complete with vertical greenhouses, giving residents the ability to grow at least half of the food they consume. They will also harness new, renewable technology, so that residents can enjoy all the comforts of a modern home, off the grid.
This set of high-tech farm villages is designed to act as a sustainable housing option among rising populations and the ever-increasing pressure to live greener lifestyles.
If the pilot project is successful, the company plans to bring the concept to Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Germany. The idea is to eventually expand into cool climates in Northern Europe. ReGen Villages CEO James Ehrlich also wants to see his design in the Middle East.
“We tackle the first two hardest climate areas,” Ehrlich said. “Then from there we have global scale—rural India, sub-Saharan Africa, where we know that the population is going to increase and also be moving to the middle class. If everybody in India and Africa wants the same kind of suburbs that we’ve been building so far, the planet’s not going to make it.”
To learn more about ReGen Villages, see the project website.