Meanwhile, over in the Netherlands, architects are planning a similar eco-village on a somewhat larger scale. The Regen Villages project envisions self-sustaining communities that can exist entirely off-grid, generating their own energy and even food by way of biogas facilities and aquaponic farming.
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According to an intriguing write-up over at Off-Grid.net, the proposed design calls for radical recycling systems, in which compost from each home is used as food for livestock - and flies, which are fed to fish. The animals, in turn, would provide fertilizer for gardens and vegetables. Rainwater is automatically collected and stored, while solar panels and an on-site biogas facility generate electricity. What's more, each house is built inside a greenhouse "envelope" to maintain a consistent climate.
This is no far-off concept design, either. The first ReGen Village is already being built in the city of Almere, outside Amsterdam.