The future of the British countryside: villages powered by 120m wind turbines, new homes on green fields – and a community-run pub called the ‘Badger and Turbine’!

The future of the British countryside: villages powered by 120m wind turbines, new homes on green fields – and a community-run pub called the ‘Badger and Turbine’!

Building Futures, the think tank of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), has today published a series of provocative articles imagining how British villages could look in the next 25 years.

Could this be the future of the British village in 2035?:

 

The Good Life V2.0 – Self-sufficient villages are the norm – with wind turbines emphatically supported by the local community to provide all the energy needed Homes available for children to live when they grow up, with families no longer forced apart by extreme local house prices

 

Blanket broadband and mobile connectivity means it is not necessary to start up in a city or town New industries have revived village life.

 

Agriculture or commuting to the city no longer the only options for villagers as more people are both working from home and in the village

 

Will these new ideas proposed for our villages result in a utopian paradise or are they an intrusion into the British countryside? The authors of five ‘Think Pieces’ were invited by the RIBA to consider:

 

Is sustainability crucial (non-car centric developments, locally sourced and environmentally friendly building materials) for future rural development, and the creation of prosperous villages that relieve urban densification?

 

With appropriate technology will it be possible to strike the right balance to build resilience in both the energy and food systems through the rural scape of the UK?

 

Should villages support new types of industry other than agriculture?

 

Could future villages respond to city densification without losing their heritage?

 

Read the Building Futures ‘Think Pieces on the countryside village in 2035’ here:http://www.buildingfutures.org.uk/think/all/

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