James Ehrlich, founder of ReGen Villages, commissioned Danish architectural firm EFFEKT to envision a future where self-sustaining communities could grow their own food and produce their own energy. ReGen Villages are planned off-grid communities that address issues ranging from climate change to food security through sustainable design. They plan to start building these utopian communities this summer.
There are five principles behind the ReGen Villages: “Energy positive homes. Door-step high-yield organic food production. Mixed renewable energy and storage. Water and waste recycling. Empowerment of local communities.”
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Homes in these gorgeous communities are totally designed for sustainable living. They’re powered by photovoltaic solar panels, but passive heating and cooling systems take pressure off the electrical use of each house. Families grow their own vegetables and fruit in connected greenhouses. Together, the houses form a “shared local eco-system.”
Villages include several public squares that are equipped with electric car-charging stations, and there are also vertical aquaponic farming spaces. The community shares water storage facilities and waste-to-resource systems. In addition, there are areas for livestock, communal dining, playgrounds, and community learning centers.
EFFEKT Partner Simon Lynge told Dezeen, “Our modern lifestyle is utterly unsustainable and this calls for more resilient solutions for the future. The technology already exists, it is just a matter of applying science into the architecture of everyday life. ReGen Villages is engineering and facilitating the development of off-grid, integrated, and resilient neighborhoods that power and feed self-reliant families around the world. The time has come to redefine residential real-estate development for the next three billion people coming to the planet.”
ReGen Villages already has plans to take their vision to the next level with the first community to be built in the Netherlands this summer. They’re also planning pilot projects in Sweden, Germany, Norway, and Denmark, with plans in the early stages for communities in China, Africa, and the United Arab Emirates.
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The concept is not new. Living in a greenhouse has inspired some poeple to build a house inside a glass/greenhouse (house-in-house). Upscaling to introduce communities now is an interessting project and from the comments here I see that people would love to be part of such a project. Now: where can you get "standardized" modules to start build globally ? I would like to build a school !!!
ok. i want to live here. can i buy now?
I am very interested in living in a community like this. Is there a procedure for setting up a community in America? How many families are the ideal for this type of community? What is the initial cost to develop a village? What would not be included in that initial cost? How could a group of like-minded people come together to develop a village? What a fantastic vision!
I would love to know how to go about creating a community that would be able to have this type of village to live in. What would it cost to build a village? How many families are the ideal for a village? Is there a procedure to get started in America? This is a wonderful vision?
I love this idea and would really like to live in such community. Hopefully someone will come up with it in Australia.
I am wondering how well this would work in a really cold climate like we have here in Canada?
Hi Julia J. There is actually a community up and running like the one planned here. It is called Saint Michael's Sustainable Community. It is in Costa Rica. I live here. We have trained Peace Corp Volunteers to bring our regenerative agriculture to Africa. Feel free to contact me or the community for help on how to build your own utopia.
We are Americans living in S. Africa. We are planning a community just like this for a children's village here in S. Africa, that would house orphans. I would love to know more about this as we move forward to purchase property and begin to make the village self sustaining.
I would love to collaborate on one of these villages in New Zealand
I would love to spend the rest of my life in this community.