In other words, the unsustainable design of our cities is responsible for a large majority of our non-renewable resource use, pollution, and excessive waste. Additionally, they also house the world's most vulnerable populations. Hence, it's more important than ever that we focus on improving urban development and neighborhood design and how people interact within the built environment.
Orchid City aims to directly address these problems by focusing not just on infrastructure and our physical environments but by improving and enhancing the relationships and systems that operate within.
Applications of the Orchid City Framework
The Orchid City Framework is a design and development approach that allows the development of exemplary sustainable, affordable, realistic neighborhoods, villages, and cities. The framework is a combination of new design principles and tools, quantitative in-depth calculation models, new business models, and a network and partnership of over 20 organizations.
Orchid City can be used to upgrade or augment existing neighborhoods and cities, as well as developing new living communities on both brownfield and greenfield sites.
Orchid City's framework is flexible to local climate, context, culture, and can be applied in various scales, from several hundred community members to tens of thousands. The contours of the blueprint are developed together with stakeholders in a co-creation process.