I have always been excited about amazing architecture and a lot of creative tiny homes, micro apartments, off grid living. I have also been fascinated with portable and designing fixed farms, even underwater farms. But bringing these ideas together with sustainable rural and sub-urban planning, the potential to help under appreciated communities sustain a comfortable life and develop opportunities for progress; is what fascinates me the most. For this I dream of a project of communal living. The project would start off with designing a community housing structure-especially focused in bringing people together. This would include community kitchens, dining halls, common rooms, study spaces and more. The architecture would be designed to house portable farms and fixed farms alike. Maybe the ground floor would support cattle homes, also setting a base to arrange for home heating strategies. The top most floor may be exquisitely designed with balconies. That is where fixed farms- yes rooftop farms could be constructed. There could also be graze fields for the cattle and play fields for the children and adults alike. Another important feature would be that there would be community shops, restaurants, performance space and other extra space. Now this is where it gets really intense. The vision is to create a self-sustaining community. So, the structure in a way would be able to house solar panels, school and library, health center, wind and water mills, office spaces, anything that would help a community thrive, and opportunities that would create a local economy, motivating and supporting the members to learn new skills and empower cottage industries. Clever and beautiful architecture would be central to the project, because without the appreciation for a comfortable space, the community would be no different than "less-managed" refugee camps. Tiny home vision is essential to make things cheaper and yet artistic and comfortable, so that the vision can raise interest in social organizations. And in the growth and sustainable society, learning is central. Refugees and displaced people (displaced due to war, diseases, natural disasters or any other reason) often do not have the resources or are not in a comfortable position to try out cottage industries, technological awareness and education. But it is only that opportunity to learn and progress that can get the under privileged people, the access to a better life. "In 2015, 736 million people lived on less than $1.90 a day" https://www.worldbank.org/en/topic/poverty/overview "68.5 Million forcibly displaced people worldwide" http://www.unhcr.org/figures-at-a-glance.html A lot more people in rural areas do not have access to education and technology; and hence an opportunity to progress. It is time to design villages and towns- for the refugees, for the displaced people and for the poor people. It is time to create an economy in such communities. It is time for a vision beyond sustainability, to communities that can develop their own opportunities to progress. We need to bring people together in a community that inspires and motivates learning, so that we can motivate people to progress, empower innovation and creativity. It is in such communities that projects from social organizations and leaders in global developments, can go beyond providing the resources to expend (food to eat, vaccines, etc.), to empower confidence to create. We need empower them to come up with their own innovations, so that those that understand their problems the best can come up with the best design to solve them; those that acknowledge their current situation can appreciate and explore opportunities for progress. Maybe cities would be too ambitious for the current investments in global sustainability, but villages and towns can certainly be built, communities that can progress! Such a grand vision can only be successful in the shared interests of diverse group of organizations. And it is quite fascinating that startups and for-profit organizations can also take part in such towns-just as some company selling their products, these companies could sell products or opportunities to the communities, interacting with their internal economy. One side project from these communities can be that, small scale economic models can be studied for all kinds of economic studies-including many that would help the communities themselves progress. It is time to build villages and towns! Anything from floating communities for areas affected by floods, to treehouse communities for those isolated by forests, to stone fortress for those in the cold mountains; we need to connect people, bring them together and motivate and inspire societies to progress! With such projects deployed throughout the world, ending global poverty and providing everybody with opportunities to progress in life should be not of far in the future.
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