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Europe: urban designers eye mid-size "Ecohoods"

Feb 06, 2017, 6:18 AM EST
(Source: Cha già José/flickr)
(Source: Cha già José/flickr)

The architects and urban designers in Wales, Iceland and the Netherlands have come up with a novel approach to address the tenacious “fuel poverty” problems of households. They suggest the development of “Ecohoods,” which are mid-size, energy efficient and sustainable neighborhoods smaller than massive green-city initiatives but bigger than individual homes and buildings.

The housing project “eco-hamlet” in the U.K., claimed to be first-of-its-kind, comprises clusters of six solar-powered homes, with airtight construction and advanced insulation technologies that are estimated to slash utility bills by 80 percent from the current national levels, reports Seeker.

The Netherland’s proposed eco-village, called Regen Villages, conjure a future where communities independent of any grid system, would create their own energy and food by means of biogas facilities and aquaponic farming.

The Icelandic project known as BioDome Reykjavík, gets far closer to sci-fi, proposing the creation of domed public plazas where country’s famous geothermal energy systems would maintain a balmy climate. 

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