Self-sufficient community

By: Iris Ho

Close-loop community is a project that is happening in Amsterdam by the California-based regenerative residential company called, Regen Villages.

In this community, they grow their own food, manage their own waste and also generate its own power by using renewable energy sources such as wind power and solar power. Sounds like a traditional community that uses ancestor’s wisdom to run the community, but the project that is going on is modern urban design with today’s technologies. They stated “ will grow several times more food than a farm of the same size using fewer resources through cutting-edge methods such as aeroponics, aquaponics, permaculture, food forests, and high-yield organic farming”

Using limited resource and land to maximize the outcome by understanding the relationship of nature; having a close relationship with nature and maintaining biodiversity will fertilize the land and stabilize the system.

Few things to study from this community, transportation of resource, self-sufficiency and traceable existence footprint. Since it is a close-loop community, the resources that the community need will be grown and process within the community that it decreases the consumption of time and energy for transportation. Because everything will be happening within this community, the residences will be able to trace back to their origin of resources while using it and will have fully control with their waste as well.

Everything will be manageable for all the residences and understand, process by the residence as well. From environmental aspect, this is one of the most important thing that have fully control with the cycle and have ability to design and manage the consequences. Zoom out from material and products, this community could be an influential and inspired project for sustainable studies.




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