We believe that nurturing development rooted in principles of care for the environment and each other, sharing of available resources and amenities, and self-sustaining life through closed consumption loops will prove central in the years ahead. The Self-Nurturing City proposal will rely on renewable energy, and renewable and recycled construction materials with a low emergy footprint. The design offers closed consumption loops to promote resilient, local production and a circular economy that is considerate of the impact of industrial grade agriculture and non-native crop production. In designing for a time of uncertainty, we also find the fundamental laws of a livable future: Care, Share, and Self Sustain.
The proposal receives a special mention for the interesting concept of combining the greenhouse with living in a new typology where production is integrated in the built structures. To live within a greenhouse prolongs the seasons and the ability to self-sustain, as well as having great potential for communal living.
Authors:Marziah Zad (US), architectHonorata Grzesikowska (PL), architect urbanistMateus Sartori (IT), architect
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