The concept, ReGen Village, is a revolutionary self-sustaining neighborhood concept that aims to address food shortage, migration, climate change and many others through efficient and sustainable design, according to Fast Co.Exist.
The firm’s website enumerated the five principles behind the project:
“Energy positive homes. Door-step high-yield organic food production. Mixed renewable energy and storage. Water and waste recycling. Empowerment of local communities.”
Powered by a combination of alternative energy sources: geothermal, solar thermal, wind, and biomass, the neighborhoods will also be equipped with the latest technologies in waste management and agriculture to make them sustainable in every way.
Homes are designed to grow their own fruit and vegetables in a network of greenhouses connected with each other to form a “shared local eco-system.”
Areas for vertical aquaponic farming, livestock, communal dining, playgrounds, and community learning centers will be set up along with advanced water storage facilities and “waste-to-resource” systems. Electric car charging stations will also be made available in public squares.
“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 initial phase will see the creation of a semi-sufficient 100-home village near Amsterdam in the town of Almere’s outskirts with plans for Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and Germany already lined up. It is set to break ground this summer and be completed in 2017.
“We’re really looking at starting off as the Tesla of eco-villages,” says James Ehrlich, CEO of ReGen Villages. “That’s the idea. So we’re coming out as a little bit higher-end for Northern Europe.”
The company aims to adapt the system for Middle Eastern climates with plans of taking the initiative worldwide.
“We tackle the first two hardest climate areas,” Ehrlich says. “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.”