A high tech eco-village located just outside of Amsterdam has been designed by sustainable living company ReGen Villages. Artificial intelligence and hardcore recycling are key to the blueprints eco-friendly design.
In this environmentally conscious micro-community houses collect rainwater, produce energy, cultivate permaculture and process their own waste in order to avoid relying on imported services.
Regen Village is located about a half an hour away from Amsterdam. In anticipation of autonomous driving the community does not have any driveways like a normal suburb. Instead the roads are built for biking and walking so as to encourage a healthy lifestyle. Cars are parked at the edge of the property line and store extra power from solar panels.
The community will include vertically stacked layers of permaculture, along with contemporary fields for farming and fruit orchards that encircle each dwelling. It’s estimated that developing nations waste up to 1/3rd of the food they purchase. Since recycling is key to subsistence all food waste will be converted in to fish feed for aquaculture – Adding organic seafood to the menu.
Furthermore each house will filter it’s own rain-water for use in cooking, bathing and drinking.
Just because the community is eco-friendly doesn’t mean it’s low tech. In fact arguably their greatest innovation is the automation of maintenance systems. Mechanisms responsible for accumulating basic needs such as energy, food production of water supply and waste recycling are designed for automation with intelligent algorithms. Hopefully this will leave the villagers to focus their energy on nurturing community and self-employment.
A “village OS” tech platform will use AI to simultaneously manage systems for renewable energy, food production, water supply, and waste on 50 acres of land.
“We can connect a neighborhood the way it’s supposed to be connected, which is around natural resources,” says James Ehrlich, founder of ReGen Villages.”
The project was granted government approval last month however Regen villages still needs to raise their final funding round in order to begin cultivating ponds, wetlands and canals for the community. Such excavations are necessary since it is under sea level and therefor vulnerable to flooding. It also helps to attract migratory birds.
Just like ancient Amazonian civilizations villagers will seed community tree gardens and sprawling food forestry across the landscape.
The property will include 203 homes including tiny houses, and larger villas.
Amsterdams population is expected to double in 15 years so Regen suspects that younger generations will not be able to afford to live there
“In the last few years, we’ve really seen that the market has shifted and that there’s a hollowing out of cities,” he says. “They are really expensive and the quality of life is going down, and as much as millennials or younger people really want to be in the city, the fact is that they can’t really afford it . . . the trends are really moving toward this kind of neighborhood development outside of cities.” says Ehrlich
Regen villas will cost anywhere from 200 000 – 850 000 euro to purchase outright. When villagers volunteer their time to the community hours are stored on a blockchain based time bank and they can use these credits to receive a discount on the villages regular maintenance fee.
“We know that governments around the world are in a desperate situation to build probably over a billion new homes around the world,” he says. “It’s a terrible housing crisis. At the same time, they wrestle with a number of things: the commercial interest of farmers, the commercial interests of traditional real estate developers, material companies who have a way of doing things that they’ve been doing for 100, 150 years. Most of the rules on the books relate to this district-scale thinking–of grid-based electricity, of district-scale water, of district-scale sewage.” says Ehlrich
The project is expected to begin construction in 2019– while other project will follow more quickly after the proof of concept is complete.
“We have access to a lot of really big money that’s waiting for us to finish the next pilot, and so we need the proof of concept,”
“We can imagine going to rural India, sub-Saharan Africa, where we know the next 2 [billion] to 3 billion people are coming to the planet, and where we know that hundreds of millions of people are moving into the middle class,” he says. “And [we want] to get there as quickly as we can to provide new kinds of suburbs, new kinds of neighborhoods.”