For ReGen Villages, we developed a globally unique masterplan for a self-sustaining housing neighborhood of 203 houses in the Netherlands. Designed on a 25 hectare site in an area called Oosterwold, just 20 minutes from Amsterdam, it exemplifies affordable, regenerative, and self sustaining living.
"A half-hour commute from Amsterdam, a piece of farmland is slated to become a new kind of neighborhood. Vertical farms, along with traditional fields and orchards surrounding homes, will supply food to people living there. Food waste will turn into fish feed for on-site aquaculture. Houses will filter rainwater, but won’t have driveways. A “village OS” tech platform will use AI to simultaneously manage systems for renewable energy, food production, water supply, and waste."
- Fast Company
Since mid-2017 we've worked with the team of ReGen Villages, initiator and developer of the project, to realize a unique masterplan. It features among others:
Challenges in Almere Oosterwold
Located near the city of Almere, the 25 hectare site for ReGen Villages sits in the area of Oosterwold, which has an experimental planning zone. While the areas is intended to support sustainable living, a truly integrated plan was challenged by rules that prevent connectivity and collaboration between housing blocks. This proved specifically difficult to implement our plans for an advanced integrated sustainable neighborhood.
Despite these challenges, we worked dilligently with the municipality to ensure all rules were followed to the letter. The masterplan received planning permission in July 2018, allowing the project to continue.