Staying true to the settler ethos, it is essential to work with all three parameters of sustainability, environmental, economical and social – at all scales that the project covers: The master plan (eco-siting), the cluster structure (eco-lective) and each single house (eco-struct).
Eco-siting is about the placing of the houses into the landscape through a careful assesment and use of the existing qualities of the site. This includes a strategy for rain water handling that partly saves resources, but also reduces the impact on sewage systems, and also a strategy for accessibilty that allows for a greater social diversity within the area etc.
Eco-lective describes the houses’ arrangement and organisation into clusters that acts as a literal translation of a desire to enhance the feeling of unity and community between housing units, a boon for both environment and the inhabitants. This is also visible in the way that sharing is thought as an integrated element throughout the clusters – car sharing, common facilities, common tools and all sorts of other things. Why have 24 secateurs, when 4 can do the job, if you share?
Eco-struct deals with the construction of each house. Here we want to show how working with parameters such as passive material properties, upcycled materials and possibilities for personal customization etc. it is possible to create a house with focus on resourcefulness, that is financially sound and has great spatial qualities.