Our project is centred on sustainable development goal 11: making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable. We want residents in homes everywhere to be able to live sustainably.
We want to introduce more energyefficient homes and a community-led governing system in the neighbourhood of Paquis (Geneva, Switzerland). Green Village aims to provide a long-term, selffinancing project, serving the community on an environmental and economic scale.
FEATURES OF GREEN VILLAGE
We want to enhance pre-existing residential buildings by introducing more energy-efficient features, such as solar panels, green roofs, triple glazing, and a geothermal heating system. Some key benefits: lower energy costs, reduced greenhouse gas emissions, community connectedness, and energy efficiency.
With the COVID-induced economic downturn, many ground-floor spaces housing small shops have become inactive, unproductive assets. Taking advantage of the vacant space, we want to implement a mixed-use zoning approach to provide residential, recreational, and commercial spaces within one area. Examples include community canteens, ludotheques, and shared access IT centers. The result: a self-sustaining community committed to locally sourcing – and a range of services available anytime, anywhere.
The current municipality system of Switzerland, which is a series of administrative levels ranging from cantonal to communal, is a feature that aims to empower the community. Adopting this concept to the residential area, we want to give more authority to the current commune governing bodies. Each respective community has more power to act in the best interest of its residents, meaning a more sustainable environment is created for all.
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