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Agrihoods: Emerging Self-Sustainable Communities

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Something I have always dreamed about has become a reality. It is called an agrihood, a residential neighborhood with a farm at the center—not a golf course, club house or pool, but something really sensible: fresh, organic food! My dream of long ago was to buy up a large track of land in New England where I live, invite family and friends to invest, and build homes around a central place to grow our own food and be self-sustainable. In one model neighborhood called Agritopia, a small community based near Phoenix that currently counts 152 families, grows fruit trees, grapes and raises animals. For $100 per month, members go to the town farm to pick up groceries. The central “square” also functions as a community hub with a coffeehouse and a farm-to-table restaurant. Agritopia is also in the process of creating “Generations at Agritopia” for independent and assisted living.

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April 17, 2014 at 10:11 pm

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Bioconstruir para una Comunidad Saludable y Sustentable

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Construir una vivienda saludable, sustentable, eficiente y sostenible a partir de materiales naturales y autóctonos que se ensamblan de maner artesanal sin necesidad de maquinaria pesada, energéticamente eficiente y respetuosa con el medio ambiente ya no es un imposible. La misma además de cobijo brinda todo lo necesario para un vida armoniosa sin perder en cuenta el respeto por el Medio Ambiente.  Su precio no es superior al de una construcción convencional y dependiendo de los materiales elegidos puede resultar hasta más barata, además de los ahorros posteriores, en gasto energético, agua y otros. La mayoría de las viviendas de hoy en día derrochan recursos y energía, alteran el entorno natural y albergan numerosas sustancias tóxicas para nuestra salud desde la pintura hasta los mismos materiales con la se construye, como por ejemplo el cemento, que puede contener peligrosos metales pesados. También las pinturas y barnices derivados del petróleo emanan venenos volátiles como las cetonas, el xileno, el tolueno, etc..

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March 11, 2014 at 2:19 pm

Design for Social Sustainability – a framework for creating thriving communities

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Our starting point is that although there is widespread understanding of the physical and environmental challenges involved in creating new settlements, there is still much to be learnt about what makes some communities succeed and others fail.

In this paper we argue that building new communities that can flourish and become socially successful and sustainable is as important as designing places that are physically, economically and environmentally sustainable.  Social sustainability is an issue of public value as well as the wellbeing, quality of life and satisfaction of future residents. It demands a new approach to planning, design and development that we call social design, which needs to be integrated into policy and professional practice across all the disciplines involved in the creation of new communities – much like the way standards of environmental sustainability have become widely adopted in recent years.

This paper sets out how to plan, design and develop successful and socially sustainable new communities. The ideas and examples are drawn from a large scale review of evidence about what makes communities flourish, with practical examples and approaches from new settlements around the world.

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February 4, 2012 at 1:33 pm

Lessons of design learned from nature

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Michael Pawlyn is a British architect with an affinity for the natural world. So he is passionate about biomimicry—a discipline that looks at nature’s best ideas to inspire solutions to human problems. The Eden Project in Cornwall (pictured bottom), where Mr Pawlyn worked as a lead architect, is probably the best-known example of this approach. The pillowy and interlocking design of these biomes was influenced by dragonfly wings.

Since leaving Grimshaw, a British architecture firm, in 2007, Mr Pawlyn has concentrated exclusively on environmentally sustainable projects that are influenced by nature. One of his goals is to turn linear consumption models into cycles, whereby waste is used to fuel something else, much like the interdependency of ecosystems.

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Read also: Biomimicry in Architecture

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November 11, 2011 at 12:34 am

Global Village Construction Set

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Open Source Ecology is a network of farmers, engineers, and supporters building the Global Village Construction Set - a modular, DIY, low-cost, open source, high-performance platform that allows for the easy fabrication of the 50 different industrial machines that it takes to build a small, sustainable civilization with modern comforts.

The aim of the GVCS is to lower the barriers to entry into farming, building, and manufacturing. Its a life-size lego set that can create entire economies, whether in rural Missouri, where the project was founded, or in the developing world.

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October 13, 2011 at 5:14 am

Podemos vivir sin capitalismo

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October 6, 2011 at 1:10 am