ReGen Villages went viral around the world after successful press announcement from the Venice Biennale in June, 2016. The project imagines a community of buildings that produce all their own food and energy – a model that aims to tackle a wide spectrum of global issues, from the food and water crises to the rise of CO2 emissions. ReGen stands for regenerative, where the outputs of one system are the inputs of another. The concept has a holistic approach and combines a variety of innovative technologies, such as energy positive homes, renewable energy, energy storage, door-step high-yield organic food production, vertical farming aquaponics/aeroponics, water management and waste-to-resource systems. With the integration of such technologies, ReGen Villages holds a potential in changing some of the challenges of a growing population, increasing urbanization, scarcity of resources, the growing global food crisis as well as reducing the global CO2 emission and reducing the burdens on municipal and national governments in dynamically changing planetary and economic times. ReGen Villages is all about applied technology. Already existing technologies are simply being applied into an integrated community design, providing clean energy, water and food right off the doorstep. ReGen Villages adds not only environmental and financial value, but also social value, by creating a framework for empowering families and developing a sense of community, where people become part of a shared local eco-system: reconnecting people with nature and consumption with production. The first ReGen Villages pilot community is to be developed in Almere in the Netherlands, with 100 homes breaking ground in 2016.
By 2050 nearly 10-billion people will live on earth, requiring the urgent need for regenerative housing and community development. Precious water, healthy food sources and scarce arable land are already at the forefront of pressing global issues that must be addressed.
In the next 30-years the size of the aspiring class will double to 4 billion, creating enormous demand for integrated neighborhood designs that incorporate door-step agency with high-yield organic food production that feed diverse nutritional needs.
Desirable off-grid capable neighborhoods comprised of power positive homes, renewable energy, water management, and waste-to-resource systems that are based upon on-going resiliency research – for thriving families and reduced burdens on local and national governments.