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Smart Communities: Eco-Living Through Technology

by: Sharai Hoekema
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Meet ReGen Villages. A concept for a smart community, based on eco-friendly living, as ideated by a Danish architectural firm. It is meant to actively combat climate change and wasteful emissions while living in a greener and more sustainable manner - through the philosophy of going ‘back to the basics.’

Smart Communities: What Are Regen Villages?

After all, not too long ago, the world was not as connected as it is today. In earlier times, trade was limited to the exchanging of goods between villagers ('I give you fresh meat if you share your berries with me') or, at the most, between bordering villages. Just the thought of having tropical fruits such as pineapple and bananas available to you in Western Europe in the dead of winter would be nothing short of laughable in medieval times.

What does eco living mean?
Eco-friendly literally means earth-friendly or not harmful to the environment. This term most commonly refers to products that contribute to green living or practices that help conserve resources like water and energy. Eco-friendly products also prevent contributions to air, water and land pollution.

The community were built to be self-reliant rather than reliant on external factors, excessive power demands, and complicated (inter)national trade relations. If something could not be produced or generated, it was simply not available. In essence, this sums up what ReGen Villages are hoping to achieve.

Recommended: Regenerative Agriculture: Basics For Safe Food (Part 1 of 3)

Essentially, ReGen villages aim to be a micro smart-city, which offers residents the luxury of living in a 'high-tech eco-village.' So, back to basics, in a high-tech manner! To reach this unique goal, artificial intelligence is integrated with self-providing systems. As such, this entire community is self-reliant and minimizes its waste and energy use. Even if this means converting trash into sources of energy to fuel other projects in the village.

And no, this project is not the ambitious dream of a dreamer. Plans for implementing smart communities are in an advanced stage, with the first pilot community planned to be built in the Almere area in the Netherlands at the end of this year. Plans for similar ReGen smart community Villages in Northern Europe, the USA, and even in Asia are well underway as well. So if you are looking to play your part in making the world a better place and always wanted to live in a small-scale, self-sufficient village, this might just be your chance.

What is the difference between eco friendly and environmentally friendly?
Eco-friendly isn't quite so broad. It means that something doesn't harm the planet. Compared to 'green” and eco-friendly',sustainability has much higher standards. Sustainability includes eco-friendly activities and green products, but green doesn't necessarily mean sustainable.

Eco-Living Through Technology: ReGen Villages The Netherlands

The Netherlands is set to have the World’s First Self-Sustaining Eco Village near Amsterdam. The world’s first self-sustaining eco-village near Amsterdam is coming in 2020: indeed the height of Dutch innovation. The village has been designed and will be built by ReGenVillages. 

ReGen Village, houses, land Arial view

Smart Community ReGenVillages: How Does This Work?

This 60-acre smart community village in Almere does what it says on the tin – it’s going to be self-sustaining. This means that roads will only be the width of a bike or pedestrian path, and no houses will have a driveway, so no cars allowed!

The surrounding landscape will be filled with fruit and vegetable patches and greenhouses, complete with collected rainwater, to feed the neighboring residents. Rainwater will also be filtered through these 194 homes, and then it can be used as drinking water. Any food waste that the residents have will be used to feed fish and other animals, which are used for farming. You’ll even be able to volunteer at the community center, and in return, you would get Home Association fee discounts. And if you want to go into Amsterdam and the center of Almere, self-driving electric buses and cars, located on the outskirts of this village, will take you there. Clever, huh? The construction company, ReGen Villages, wanted to be able to tackle the issues of our time – population growth, housing shortages, and environmental and sustainability issues. This is one way of doing it!

ReGen Village, houses field birdseye view

Smart Community ReGenVillages: What About The Costs?

Prices will range quite considerably within this village. On the lower end of the scale, the smaller houses will go for around €200,000, whereas a much larger place will go for about €850,000. Once you’ve bought a house there, you are expected to maintain sustainability by helping out. Like I said earlier, as a reward, you’d get HOA free discounts, which is possible by logging the number of hours worked by using blockchain technology.

Smart Community Regen Village: When Will It Come To Almere?

While Almere approved 203 homes in July 2018, ReGen filed for more land for more families this year. If approved, they could be breaking ground in 2020! Click here for more information.

What are your thoughts on this new self-sustaining eco-village near Amsterdam? Let us know in the comments!



                                                      Smart Communities: Eco-Living Through Technology
                                                                                 Regen Villages

 

Eco-Living Through Technology: Agricultural Communes

The inventors drew inspiration from the idea of small agriculture communes that produce all the food that they need. And such initiatives could prove to be very valuable, and much needed: one of the greatest threats to our earth is excessive agriculture, serving to feed billions and billions of people and resulting in deforestation, scarcity of water, higher CO2 emissions, and excessive consumption water and fertilizer. Hence, a massive threat to the wellbeing of our future generations.

How can I be eco friendly? Ten Easy Ways To Live A More Eco-Friendly Lifestyle
  • Eat less meat
  • Use paperless and recycle more
  • Use canvas bags instead of plastic
  • Start a compost pile or bin
  • Purchase the right light bulb
  • Choose cloth over paper
  • Cut down on energy in your home
  • Borrow instead of buying

By combining existing techniques, ReGen Villages will help the environment recover instead of actively destroying it. The small community hosts various buildings that are dedicated to the cultivation of certain vegetables and crops, all grown in a favorable climate through the use of greenhouses. This leads to a quiet and rustic, yet cohesive neighborhood that feeds its diverse population with organic food that meets the equally diverse nutritional needs.

ReGen Village view through trees, houses

Eco-Living: Off-Grid Sustainable Neighbourhoods

The villages will be positively off-grid, cleverly playing into the ever-increasing need of a place to unwind and settle down, in this increasingly noisier and busier time. They are comprised of positive power homes alone, while completely running on renewable energy, employing smart and sustainable water management, and using advanced waste-to-resource systems. All of these systems will continuously be subject to ongoing research to improve further and optimize its efficiency. 

For these systems to work smoothly, artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things play an essential role. Such as for the infrastructure of the community, eventually leading to more energy, water, and organic food being produced per household than that it uses. The surplus can be exchanged for reduced mortgage payments. 

Recommended: Regenerative Farming: Agro-Ecology In Practice (Part 2 of 3)

Eco Living, Smart Community: Why Joining The Waiting List?

ReGen is just one of the many eco-village concepts that are popping up left, right, and center. Although, as most of these projects are still in the stage of being built, you might not be able to move into one of these communities instantly. But if you are excited and passionate about the concept, you are welcome to join the waiting list for any of the planned cities in your desired country. Why do you ask? Well, for one, living in such a micro-city will ensure that the life of your family does not negatively impact the planet.

Such eco-villages combine smart living and the technology of smart cities with a higher quality of life and more of that unique community-feel. At the same time, they offer an open platform for more innovation initiatives, especially when it comes to solutions for renewable energy, smart agriculture, and water and waste management. And, even more importantly, a platform that can easily be duplicated. 

All of these are arguments that you could use to convince your spouse or significant other to pack your bags, put the house on sale, and secure your spot in a true eco-community. However, they might be more tempted by the stunning home and lack of noisy neighbors that come with the deal.

Before you go!

Recommended: Regenerative Agriculture: Its Full Potential (Part 3 of 3)

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Smart Communities: Eco-Living Through Technology

Meet ReGen Villages. A concept for a smart community, based on eco-friendly living, as ideated by a Danish architectural firm. It is meant to actively combat climate change and wasteful emissions while living in a greener and more sustainable manner - through the philosophy of going ‘back to the basics.’ Smart Communities: What Are Regen Villages? After all, not too long ago, the world was not as connected as it is today. In earlier times, trade was limited to the exchanging of goods between villagers ('I give you fresh meat if you share your berries with me') or, at the most, between bordering villages. Just the thought of having tropical fruits such as pineapple and bananas available to you in Western Europe in the dead of winter would be nothing short of laughable in medieval times. What does eco living mean? Eco-friendly literally means earth-friendly or not harmful to the environment. This term most commonly refers to products that contribute to green living or practices that help conserve resources like water and energy. Eco-friendly products also prevent contributions to air, water and land pollution. The community were built to be self-reliant rather than reliant on external factors, excessive power demands, and complicated (inter)national trade relations. If something could not be produced or generated, it was simply not available. In essence, this sums up what ReGen Villages are hoping to achieve. Recommended:  Regenerative Agriculture: Basics For Safe Food (Part 1 of 3) Essentially, ReGen villages aim to be a micro smart-city, which offers residents the luxury of living in a 'high-tech eco-village.' So, back to basics, in a high-tech manner! To reach this unique goal, artificial intelligence is integrated with self-providing systems. As such, this entire community is self-reliant and minimizes its waste and energy use. Even if this means converting trash into sources of energy to fuel other projects in the village. And no, this project is not the ambitious dream of a dreamer. Plans for implementing smart communities are in an advanced stage, with the first pilot community planned to be built in the Almere area in the Netherlands at the end of this year. Plans for similar ReGen smart community Villages in Northern Europe, the USA, and even in Asia are well underway as well. So if you are looking to play your part in making the world a better place and always wanted to live in a small-scale, self-sufficient village, this might just be your chance. What is the difference between eco friendly and environmentally friendly? Eco-friendly isn't quite so broad. It means that something doesn't harm the planet. Compared to 'green” and eco-friendly',sustainability has much higher standards. Sustainability includes eco-friendly activities and green products, but green doesn't necessarily mean sustainable. Eco-Living Through Technology: ReGen Villages The Netherlands The Netherlands is set to have the World’s First Self-Sustaining Eco Village near Amsterdam. The world’s first self-sustaining eco-village near Amsterdam is coming in 2020: indeed the height of Dutch innovation. The village has been designed and will be built by ReGenVillages.  Smart Community ReGenVillages: How Does This Work? This 60-acre smart community village in Almere does what it says on the tin – it’s going to be self-sustaining. This means that roads will only be the width of a bike or pedestrian path, and no houses will have a driveway, so no cars allowed! The surrounding landscape will be filled with fruit and vegetable patches and greenhouses, complete with collected rainwater, to feed the neighboring residents. Rainwater will also be filtered through these 194 homes, and then it can be used as drinking water. Any food waste that the residents have will be used to feed fish and other animals, which are used for farming. You’ll even be able to volunteer at the community center, and in return, you would get Home Association fee discounts. And if you want to go into Amsterdam and the center of Almere, self-driving electric buses and cars, located on the outskirts of this village, will take you there. Clever, huh? The construction company, ReGen Villages, wanted to be able to tackle the issues of our time – population growth, housing shortages, and environmental and sustainability issues. This is one way of doing it! Smart Community ReGenVillages: What About The Costs? Prices will range quite considerably within this village. On the lower end of the scale, the smaller houses will go for around €200,000, whereas a much larger place will go for about €850,000. Once you’ve bought a house there, you are expected to maintain sustainability by helping out. Like I said earlier, as a reward, you’d get HOA free discounts, which is possible by logging the number of hours worked by using blockchain technology. Smart Community Regen Village: When Will It Come To Almere? While Almere approved 203 homes in July 2018, ReGen filed for more land for more families this year. If approved, they could be breaking ground in 2020! Click here for more information. What are your thoughts on this new self-sustaining eco-village near Amsterdam? Let us know in the comments! {youtube}                                                       Smart Communities: Eco-Living Through Technology                                                                                  Regen Villages   Eco-Living Through Technology: Agricultural Communes The inventors drew inspiration from the idea of small agriculture communes that produce all the food that they need. And such initiatives could prove to be very valuable, and much needed: one of the greatest threats to our earth is excessive agriculture, serving to feed billions and billions of people and resulting in deforestation, scarcity of water, higher CO2 emissions, and excessive consumption water and fertilizer. Hence, a massive threat to the wellbeing of our future generations. How can I be eco friendly?  Ten Easy Ways To Live A More Eco-Friendly Lifestyle Eat less meat Use paperless and recycle more Use canvas bags instead of plastic Start a compost pile or bin Purchase the right light bulb Choose cloth over paper Cut down on energy in your home Borrow instead of buying By combining existing techniques, ReGen Villages will help the environment recover instead of actively destroying it. The small community hosts various buildings that are dedicated to the cultivation of certain vegetables and crops, all grown in a favorable climate through the use of greenhouses. This leads to a quiet and rustic, yet cohesive neighborhood that feeds its diverse population with organic food that meets the equally diverse nutritional needs. Eco-Living: Off-Grid Sustainable Neighbourhoods The villages will be positively off-grid, cleverly playing into the ever-increasing need of a place to unwind and settle down, in this increasingly noisier and busier time. They are comprised of positive power homes alone, while completely running on renewable energy, employing smart and sustainable water management, and using advanced waste-to-resource systems. All of these systems will continuously be subject to ongoing research to improve further and optimize its efficiency.   For these systems to work smoothly, artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things play an essential role. Such as for the infrastructure of the community, eventually leading to more energy, water, and organic food being produced per household than that it uses. The surplus can be exchanged for reduced mortgage payments.   Recommended:  Regenerative Farming: Agro-Ecology In Practice (Part 2 of 3) Eco Living, Smart Community: Why Joining The Waiting List? ReGen is just one of the many eco-village concepts that are popping up left, right, and center. Although, as most of these projects are still in the stage of being built, you might not be able to move into one of these communities instantly. But if you are excited and passionate about the concept, you are welcome to join the waiting list for any of the planned cities in your desired country. Why do you ask? Well, for one, living in such a micro-city will ensure that the life of your family does not negatively impact the planet. Such eco-villages combine smart living and the technology of smart cities with a higher quality of life and more of that unique community-feel. At the same time, they offer an open platform for more innovation initiatives, especially when it comes to solutions for renewable energy, smart agriculture, and water and waste management. And, even more importantly, a platform that can easily be duplicated.   All of these are arguments that you could use to convince your spouse or significant other to pack your bags, put the house on sale, and secure your spot in a true eco-community. However, they might be more tempted by the stunning home and lack of noisy neighbors that come with the deal. Before you go! Recommended:  Regenerative Agriculture: Its Full Potential (Part 3 of 3) Did you find this an interesting article, or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your article about smart communities? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage.'
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