ALMERE, THE NETHERLANDS
The “Regen Villages” project addresses the problem of deforestation and loss of biodiversity caused by agriculture. Therefore, as the population grows and the demand for food increases, the project is expanding to find smarter and more resilient solutions to feed the world.
The project aims for envisioning a home that works for people instead of people working for their home. The architects plan on visualizing this goal by clean energy, fresh healthy food and water. This project is a model for local community based farming. For this, they set up an aquaponic system, which allows to decrease land use with 98% and increase production 10 times more in the same footprint as terrestrial farming. This technic also reduces by 90% the water consumption.
They establish the program for the village based on estimating needs of a family over a year, and then the same estimation on the community level as well. Based on the estimation of the area needed for families and communities, they develop a plan of 25 housing units organized in a circle grid system. The housing units and food production facilities are enclosed within a glass envelope to make food production more accessible in all seasons. In between these units there are squares and social spaces to make an efficient infrastructure for electric car charging station and drop-off zone.
They provide various facilities for the community such as social dining, a place for animals, community learning, edible grove, playground, waterpark, recreational garden.
Regen Villages at the Venice Biennale 2016