Sustainable settlements

Sustainable settlements, eco-villages, housing projects


Sustainable settlements - projects

  • Bamberton - Vancouver Island, Canada
    Sadly this unique large-scale project was cancelled in 1997 but echoes of this inspiring work still reverberate around the world today. The huge amount of thought and groundwork by those involved still serves as both great inspiration and a basis for new projects large or small. An article by Guy Dauncey, a leading project team member, gives insight into the history and outline of the project. The article "Eco-Community Design - The new Canadian town of Bamberton puts all the pieces together' appears on the Context Institute's website and Papers about Bamberton on Guy's own website
  • Lammas - Wales
    Lammas is a proposed new-build permaculture development of nine eco-smallholdings and a community building. Construction using the latest environmental technologies combined with local natural materials is planned. Lammas intends to source all its energy requirements on-site from solar, wind, hydro power and wood fuel, provide all its water from a spring and from rainwater harvesting and process its waste using composting toilets and reed beds.
  • Crystal Waters Permaculture Village - Australia
    A socially and environmentally responsible ecovillage located 100kms north of Brisbane. Crystal Waters has become a community of 200 people with a multitude of businesses and food producing gardens. Land productivity and diversity of flora and fauna has been increased.
  • Torri Superiore - Italy
    A medieval village gradually abandoned and left to decay during the last century. The "Torri Superiore" Cultural Association was founded in 1989 with the aim of restoring and re-habilitating the abandoned medieval village, to support the settlement of new residents and the birth of an ecovillage and cultural centre open to the public. Since 1997, 14 residential units have been restored out of the 20 planned.
  • Tlholego Ecovillage - South Africa
    Established in 1991 to address the challenge of rural sustainable development, the Tlholego community consists of about 20 adults and children in six extended families who have lived and worked in the Tlholego area for the past three decades.
  • Hockerton Housing Project - England
    Hockerton is the first earth sheltered, self-sufficient ecological housing development in the UK. The project comprises five houses which are amongst the most energy efficient in Europe. All energy requirements are provided from on-site sources and rainwater harvesting utilised for all water requirements. Waste water and sewage are treated on-site.
  • Springhill Cohousing - England
    Located in the town of Stroud, Gloucestershire Springhill is the first new-build cohousing scheme to be completed in the UK. There are 34 energy efficient dwellings, ranging from one bedroomed flats to five bedrooomed houses. As well as these private dwellings, there is a three-storey common house where residents can share meals and other community gatherings.
  • Lightmoor - England
    An urban village of 800 homes being built near Telford has the vision of creating a sustainable community with a variety of housing types and tenures, incorporating a mix of uses and activities and providing local services, facilities and job opportunities.

Useful links

  • The Land is Ours
    TLIO campaigns peacefully for access to the land, its resources, and the decision-making processes affecting them.
  • Chapter 7
    Chapter 7 is the Planning Office of TLIO - campaigning for a planning system which actively encourages sustainable, low impact and affordable homes.
  • GEN-Europe the European Ecovillage Network
    GEN promotes environmental protection and restoration of nature through the concept of ecovillages as models for sustainable human settlements. It actively support the development of ecovillages and networks in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The website has an ecovillage database and many articles in pdf format.
  • UK Cohousing network
    Has a directory of UK cohousing projects and other resources.
  • USA Cohousing Association
    Promotes the cohousing movement in the US. The website provides a directory of US cohousing projects and useful information and articles.

Towards Sustainability articles

Other publications

  • Defining Rural Sustainability
    A detailed and comprehensive document defining 15 criteria for sustainable developments in the countryside together with three model policies for local plans.