Our designer Jeffrey trained originally in Architecture and did a Thesis Design for housing a community with 2- and 3-storey homes in clusters around productive gardens with orchard trees, free from vehicles, with carparks kept to outer edges of development; a primary school, shops and a pub included in the green environment.
Updating this kind of planning we would include a multi-purpose café, community room or hall run by residents for preparation of local produce shared meals and snacks, as well as diverse social events. The homes could be a balanced mix of timber frame with strawbale infil walls and local brick, rendering slate or stone outer walling.
Energy systems like solar gain, P.V. arrays, conservatories duct-linked to North rooms, small wind turbines, and wood chip boilers are all included in the designs.
Also, a small-scale rectangular insulated biogas plant produces electrical power from its gas turbines, and processes all green garden, kitchen and sewage wastes to produce useful compost for the gardens.
This kind of integrated holistic planning can not only reduce CO2 emissions, but radically reduce too the strain on centralised power stations. Another great benefit would be that residents soon experience the social and economic advantages of vastly reduced overheads costs. Oils, gas and electricity prices are steadily rising, so these renewable energy systems are specially relevant for residents in affordable housing.
Such planning naturally persuades residents that more sharing in life leads to happiness and less social isolation. Paradoxically this isolation is increased as wealth and consumerism expands in society. Our motivation is to bring this kind of eco-sustaining development into mainstream planning, believing this to be the most practical way forward for this country, indeed any industrialised country.
Where ever possible we use Sacred Geometry Principles for the harmonic design of buildings and their surroundings spaces. In these harmonic proportions, geometries and numerical series are used to generate spaces and architecture to enhance feelings of wellbeing for all who in habit them.
It is now well-established that certain spatial and architectural forms can attract and concentrate cosmic as well as earth energies. This may be because these harmonic proportions and geometries are found throughout the natural world, so such built or environmental forms create resonant symbiotic relationships with the total surroundings of earth, rocks, matter, water, plants, trees and the cosmos. As we ourselves are