ReGen Villages is a project designed by Danish studio EFFEKT, a project that imagines a self-sustaining, off-grid village of greenhouse properties.
The community of buildings would work together to produce all their own food and energy – a sustainable model aiming to be a solution to a number of global issues, including food and water crises, as well as the rise of C02 emissions.
The village would include a series of buildings with greenhouses attached, allowing families access to a space to grow fruit and vegetables, as well as farm aquaponics.
Sustainable energy technologies would also be integrated throughout the village, allowing them to produce all of their own electricity.
Conceptually, the idea is similar to a cooperative community – an increasing popular model that has seen similar examples in the UK, Germany, and Belgium. However, the concept here is slightly different.
ReGen Villages’ residents are a part of a shared local ecosystem, and each family can take on different roles within the community. Aside from developing camaraderie, this also lifts weight off struggling municipal governments.
Public spaces would be equipped with technologies such as electric car charging stations.
Each home would have integrated photovoltaic solar panels, used to heat water and generate power. To help keep electrical demand low, homes would also have passive heating and cooling systems and would be designed for natural ventilation.
There would also be closed-loop organic food and waste systems.
The team behind the project envisions it as a practical alternative to mass urbanization, in which 2.5 billion people are expected to be moving to cities over the next 50 years. This could also be a solution to the ridiculous increase in land prices and the increasing scarcity of resources.
“Our modern lifestyle is utterly unsustainable and this calls for more resilient solutions for the future,” explained EFFEKT partner Sinus Lynge.
“The technology already exists, it is just a matter of applying science into the architecture of everyday life.”
The project itself was based on a Stanford University research paper. James Ehrlich, one of the paper’s authors, pushed the idea toward creating a tech-integrated real estate development company, bringing in EFFEKT to imagine what design and construction might look like.
“The time has come to redefine residential real-estate development for the next three billion people coming to the planet,” said Ehrlich.
The goal is to begin constructing the first community of homes this summer in Almere, the Netherlands.
Other pilot projects are being scoped for Germany, Denmark, Sweden, and Norway. There are also plans to expand to the UAE, China and Africa.
“ReGen is about more than reducing,” said Lynge.
“It is about creating, creating a better model for a sustainable future, where the current living standards can be sustained by thinking smarter, not only smaller.”
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