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Integrated Ecovillage Design

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Ecological Dimension of ecovillages

Ecological concerns are fundamental to the design and development of ecovillages and sustainable communities. An ecological village is integrated into the landscape in a way that benefits both humans and their encompassing environs. Designers will take great care to ensure that life-supporting natural functions are not only preserved but enhanced whenever possible. The strategy here is one of working with Nature rather than against Nature. The ultimate goal of sustainable settlement design is the creation of self-reliant, self-maintaining, self-regenerating ‘living systems’ that can assume a life of their own.

Ecovillages allow people to experience their personal connection to the living earth. People enjoy daily interaction with the soil, water, wind, plants and animals. They provide for their daily needs - food, clothing, shelter - while respecting the cycles of nature.

Ecology is the study of the dynamic, interdependent relationships in the Web of Life. An Ecovillage, then, is a human settlement that is integrated into this Web of Life in a way that benefits both humans and their supporting environment.

We can see examples of this dimension in action in ecovillages in The Americas in:

  1. Green Building and Retrofitting
  2. Local Food
  3. Appropriate Technology
  4. Restoring Nature
  5. Integrated Ecovillage Design

 

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