ReGen Villages so could be future living. It is a groundbreaking vision that is being built for the first time in the Netherlands. The first village is to be built, which is completely self-sufficient. In addition, it also acts independently of supply, by having a closed cycle economy. This pilot project shows that the topic of”living”has to be redefined in the future.
It is a visionary idea that the American entrepreneur James Ehrlich and the Danish architecture office EFFECT had. In the Netherlands, more specifically, Almere is to develop a village of the future, which is completely self-sufficient. At the moment, there are 25 residential buildings on a small scale. An ingenious, closed circuit system should ensure that the inhabitants can build their own food, produce their own electricity, and the water and waste disposal is independent of the supply.
“To implement this requires a high degree of technical automation,”says Lars Heymeyer from the IT system house “Sentinel”in Hamburg , “The control of such a circuit system is highly complex, the networking requires high IT security.”
Modern houses: New residential concept
This village occupies an area of a total of 16000 square meters. It is a kind of glass house, under which the houses are arranged in ring form. This architecture also reflects ReGen Village’s”openness and community”concept.
The apartments are available in eight different sizes between 80-140 square meters. In this visionary village of a three-headed family, an area of 639 square meters is enough to supply itself completely. According to the visionaries, an area of around 8100 square meters is currently required in conventional agriculture.
In the village’s interior, space is created for food production, which is also under a glass roof. The secondary buildings serve the care and management of various fruit and walnut trees. The large greenhouse, which is centrally located, is designed for vertical cultivation. It is built high, full of shelves, so that the utilization of the solar radiation is exhausted optimally.
Food supplies by Vertical Farms and Aquaponics
For food production there are numerous production sites in the model village. In addition to normal seasonal gardens, heated, installed greenhouses are built above the 120 square meters of living space of the building. There are also vertical farms, livestock and livestock Aquaponics ,
The compostable wastes that are produced during the food supply are fed to the farmed animals as feed. The non-compostable fraction is burnt, and thus attributed to energy production. At the same time, food production and waste disposal form a closed cycle.
Other sources of energy
The remaining energy is supplied by the solar plants, the geothermal heat storage unit and the biogas plant of the ReGen Village. If an overproduction of energy occurs, it is stored and supplied to the village when a bottleneck occurs.
Rainwater forms the basis of the water supply. In the unfiltered state it is used for irrigation of the plants, as required, the rainwater for the drinking water supply is filtered. The sewage is reused by a water treatment plant. The resulting waste products are fed into the biogas plant, which in turn converts these into energy.
State-of-the-art agricultural technology and mobility in ReGen-Village
This future-oriented vision is a showcase project with its numerous circuits. With modern agricultural technology, the creators of ideas want to achieve a tenfold harvest yield of 90 percent less water. They also focus on a sustainable footprint when it comes to mobility. In addition to numerous bicycles, e-cars are also used. Thanks to the complex cycle, the shops have 10 teslas, which they can offer.
This pilot project is a further step in the right direction. The subject of housing needs to be rethought in the future. In addition to the environmental requirements, the central concern of ReGen Villages is the special responsibility in the future and pleasure of the community.