Orchid City is the world’s first blueprint for an affordable sustainable city. It brings together proven sustainability practices under a single holistic vision, for settlements ranging from 500 to 50.000 people. Orchid City solves energy, waste management, social, and food sustainability challenges, while providing affordable housing and the foundations for healthy communities. It creates an ecosystem that is resilient, stronger than the sum of its parts, that is climate adaptive and future proof.

The Challenges

Cities are responsible for the majority of the planet’s resource use and climate change impact, despite being the most vulnerable to withstand a multitude of risks.

Cities consume up to 80% of energy production worldwide, emit more than 70% of global CO2 and other pollutants, 25% of cities experience severe water shortages, and in 2030, an additional 40% of the world’s population will need access to adequate housing. Exemplified in the UN Sustainable Development Goals, cities are responsible for a major impact on all 17 goals at once.

The Orchid City Approach

Orchid City applies an integrated systemic strategy and in-depth systemic modeling to reach far-reaching performance improvements. Each Orchid City plan covers solutions that deliver essential services in an inspiring environment that puts well-being first. It combines innovative solutions in agriculture and resource management, with climate-adaptive strategies, and bio-based construction and manufacturing.

Orchid City integrates economic development as well as generational connectivity in its social community. It offers financial support for startups and breakthrough innovation, as well as workshop centers, community services and cultural programs.

SiD systems indicators diagram
OC-metabolic diagram

Orchid City’s performance

Orchid City is fully self-sustainable in:

  • Energy Production, Water & Waste Management
  • Food production
  • Jobs and meaningful work
  • Social services and care
  • Educational program

Orchid City offers a balanced program in:

  • Housing, over a diverse range of typologies
  • Education program, schools, daycare, and
  • Production in agriculture and durable consumer goods
  • Offices and business centers
  • Entertainment, resort, cafe, restaurants, and cultural program
  • Car-free / Self-driving electric transportation

Orchid City has the following performance characteristics:

  • It offers affordable housing, a sizeable portion aimed at median income families
  • It is exemplary healthy and ecologically regenerative
  • It is climate adaptive & flood-proof
  • Using biobased materials for construction and operations
  • It is a financially feasible project, delivering an attractive return on investment in the short term, and develops increasing long term value for investors, the community, and its region
  • It is energy positive, carbon negative, and provides the full dietary requirements for a vegetarian diet with organic, locally grown food.
  • Orchid City establishes a new sustainable standard in the regions it is built, delivering partnerships for further sustainable development beyond itself on local, regional, and national scale.
OC- performance diagram

Scalability & Adaptability

Orchid City is applicable to different community sizes, climates, locations and cultures, and is scalable from a small neighborhood of 500 inhabitants to towns of 50,000+ inhabitants, from low to high tech outfits. Orchid City can scale to the availability of space, the ambition of the partners, and the local demand for sustainable developments.

OC Scalable Model

Orchid City’s feasibility has been modeled for locations in Brazil, the Netherlands, and Vietnam, and is extensible to any part of the world, both in urban and rural contexts. This exemplifies Orchid City’s adaptability to diverse landscapes, needs, and social and environmental challenges.

An Orchid City for 15,000 inhabitants channels more than € 4.5 billion investment into regions for its development. A city of this size provides 7500 houses in various typologies, creates around 8400 sustainable jobs, plants 1.1 million trees, and achieves carbon neutrality and energy positive operations.

OC Countries
  • The world is looking for answers. Sustainability has become the most prevalent challenge in policy and business strategy. The time is ripe for visions that go beyond single-issue solutions, that address an essential change in the foundations of how we live, work, produce, play, and prosper.

    Tom Bosschaert

    Director of Except

More about Orchid City

Website: www.orchidcity.eco

Email: info@orchidcity.eco

July 14, 2021

Client & Partners

Project team