These villages combine vertical farms, greenhouses and clean energy technology to be completely off-the-grid and self-sufficient


Danish studio EFFEKT presented its vision for futuristic, green towns. Called ReGen Villages, the task pictures a community of structures that produce all their own food and energy, while being off the grid and having an extremely low environmental impact.

The ReGen towns would comprise of wooden greenhouses with connected greenhouses, developing a friendly space where families can grow fruits and veggies, farm aquaponics and recycle waste products. The towns would produce their own energy utilizing sustainable sources, so they would be totally off the grid and not need any outdoors input. Specific houses would incorporate photovoltaic solar panels to produce power and heat water. They would also include passive cooling and heating systems, as well as natural ventilation, reducing energy consumption as much as possible. It almost sounds too excellent to be true; however the best thing about it is that the innovation is already here.

Our modern way of life is utterly unsustainable and this calls for more durable solutions for the future, described EFFEKT partner Sinus Lynge. The technology already exists; it is just a matter of applying science into the architecture of everyday life.

In fact, the very first pilot is set to take off this summer in the Netherlands, but other pilots remain in the works for Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Germany, and there are also prepares in development for the UAE, China and Africa.

Exactly what makes me like this concept even more is not only the technology and eco-friendliness of the job, however likewise the method in which it focuses on the community. Residents are motivated to collaborate through the very design of the town.

ReGen is about more than decreasing, stated Lynge. It is about producing, creating a better model for a sustainable future, where the present living standards can be sustained by thinking smarter, not just smaller sized.

The company is currently dealing with regional municipalities to discover ideal locations of land and then appointing architects and construction workers so this is not taking place eventually in the future, it s taking place now. The company will likewise communicate with citizens frequently, to draw feedback and enhance future works. The project will be on show inside the Danish Pavilion during the Venice Architecture Biennale 2016.

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