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‘Regenerative’ neighborhood planned near Amsterdam

A new community in the Netherlands will harvest rainwater, grow its own food and monitor energy use with sensors. (EFFEKT/ReGen Villages)

A planned suburb of Amsterdam is being designed as a self-sufficient alternative to urban living. Dana Varinksky reports for Business Insider that the “regenerative” community would grow its own food and turn waste into fertilizer. Each family would have a greenhouse attached to their home and access to communal farms and livestock, the article says.

The idea is the brainchild of ReGen Villages, a U. S.-based developer. The venture’s first eco-village would be located in Almere, the seventh largest city in the Netherlands. Construction is set to begin in summer 2017 and finish a year later.

Rooftops would be equipped with solar panels and sensors would track everything from energy consumption to living patterns. Rainwater would be collected for use in homes and farms. According to Business Insider, ReGen also is in discussions with Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Germany and Belgium about establishing sustainable communities there. The startup has partnered with the Copenhagen-based architecture firm Effekt on its designs. 

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