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MICROVILLAGES

MICROVILLAGES

Microvillages

Microvillages are a community of homes that cater for all ages from birth to death. They provide a setting for small children and the elderly to interact and support each other and allow for aging in a safe and connected environment. They are interconnected with community and personal gardens and they are designed with high performance, thermally efficient building envelopes. They provide their own electricity and collect, store, distribute and recycle water. They are an approach to a lifetime of living, and are regenerative in intent for the people who live there, for visitors, and for the environment and habitat in which they are located.

Rural village planning in a suburban setting with increased density (1-2 Storey height)

Happiness and Meaning

Peace, Love and Joy

  • Simple life in the outdoors, always active and in the garden, joy in nature, forest bathing
  • Approaching life with joy, cherish each new day
  • Treat everyone like a brother or sister even if you have never met them before
  • Be part of a community and nurture friendships
  • Practice teamwork, help one another
  • Balance life with rest and activity

Self

  • What is Happiness
  • What is Meaning
  • Developing Consciousness
  • Becoming aware of the cycle of life
  • From self and unconscious hedonism to social awareness and consciousness about our role in society
  • Express our gifts, our art through creativity (or what some call “work”)

Work

  • Working from the Heart not the Head,
  • Connecting with people through their needs and their level of consciousness,
  • Villages: Working to create Social structure and manifesting village and community in each project,
  • Naturescapes: Providing opportunity to connect with nature and increase natural health
Microvillage planning with living pods concepts- multiple residences on a single house site

Social cohesion and fabric of cross-generational village life

Heart at the Centre: Social space
• Community play, gardens, working in nature, preparing food and dining as a community
• Natural landscape

Embrace the Heart: Family Habitat
• Perimeter living pods and clusters to cater for the diversity of family types and across all generations

Peripheral Services: Storage and Connection to the next Village
• Places for the utility, vehicles and supports networks

People’s Needs throughout Life

Who are we and how do we change and our needs change throughout our life?

  • Infant: Accept love
  • Child: Push boundaries
  • Adolescent: Explore the world
  • Young Adult: Find a partner
  • Adult: Create a family
  • Mature Adult: Consolidate extended family
  • Senior: Support the young and celebrate life
  • Elderly: Provide wisdom to the young and prepare for life passing, sharing life stories

Case Study “Watson Microvillage”

Watson Microvillage Living Pod Concept Models

Micro village makeup

  • 300 dwellings total
  • 100 3 bed
  • 100 2 bed
  • 100 1 bed

1 x Central community facilities

  • Dining and kitchen and Office space
  • Community Garden and market spaces
  • Workshop and Children’s and Elderly
    play

4 x Village Cluster Central Facilities

  • Village clusters around a central community centre
  • Central shared vehicle and workshops
  • Satellite villages
  • Dwelling patterns
  • People movement
  • Central pervious road
  • Community centred clusters
  • Roads are part of landscape to take service vehicles and integrated
    into the landscape
  • No curbs and gutters
  • Site Servicing
  • Water supplied from mains and potable tank water
  • Waterharvesting across the entire landscape to improve the moisture content of the soil
  • Greywater treated in subsoil waterharvesting through natural biology and controlled detergents
  • Kitchen water treated in wetlands
  • Composting toilets
  • Solar power connected to the grid
  • Internet from Wi-Fi system
  • Passive House thermal envelope to eliminate heating and cooling beyond small AC units
  • No site service system expert for water

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