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Telaithrion Will Be Greece’s First Ever Eco-Community

Posted By Tafline Laylin On December 27, 2011 @ 11:37 am In Architecture,Design,Environment,Green Building,humanitarian design,Renewable Energy | No Comments

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Even those of us who aren’t so savvy about economics know that Greece is in big trouble – but the country‚Äôs very first eco-community, which is currently under construction, offers a green glimmer of hope. Situated on Mt. Telethrion, the Telaithrion community [2] aims to provide a model for sustainability and healthy living that is harmonious with the earth and its residents that the whole nation can learn from. When complete, the project will include a host of sustainably built geodesic domes and yurts, as well as a forest garden, sheds, compost heaps, and much, much more. But they need help, for which they are turning to the Indie GoGo crowd [3]. More deets and a video after the jump.

Crowdsourcing [4] is becoming an increasingly important source of help for architecture and design projects – particularly those with a humanitarian bent. And the Telaithrion Project [5] is nothing if not that. At present they are only raising money for a 100 square foot central dome that will become the community’s foothold – a place to host seminars, awareness forums, and skills exchange festivals. The dome will be purchased from Pacific Dome International [6] sans the materials needed to create a floor and the community hopes to complete this aspect of the project by spring next year.

When the entire vision is realized, Teliathrion will consist of 3 basic sections – a geodesic dome [7] cluster, a residential area comprised entirely of different sized yurts [8], and the forest garden. Both the domes and yurts feature a cluster layout with a large central building surrounded by several smaller buildings of the same basic structure. In so doing, the group managed to reduce their energy and material needs by a factor of 5. The entire facility will be powered with renewable energy [9] and only green transportation will be used. It’s an amazing and necessary project that will help Greece make the shift to a more sustainable future.

+ Telaithrion [2]

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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2011/12/telaithrion-eco-community-greece-5.jpg

[2] Telaithrion community: http://telaithrion.freeandreal.org/telaithrion/sections/

[3] Indie GoGo crowd: http://www.indiegogo.com/Free-and-Real

[4] Crowdsourcing: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crowdsourcing

[5] Telaithrion Project: http://www.facebook.com/FreeandReal

[6] Pacific Dome International: http://www.pacificdomes.com/

[7] geodesic dome: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geodesic_dome

[8] yurts: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yurt

[9] renewable energy: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Renewable_energy

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