Orchid City is the world’s first future-proof and fully self-sustainable city, utilizing proven practices to build communities for up to 50,000 people. By utilizing a holistic and climate-adaptive vision, Orchid City solves many infrastructure and systemtic challenges related to clean energy generation, waste management, food production, and housing affordability. Our blueprint ensures healthy and resilient ecosystems that not only benefits those living within them but can help entire regions strengthen economies and deal with the effects of climate change.

Challenges to Urban Sustainability

Cities consume up to 80% of global energy production, emit over 70% of global CO2 emissions and other pollutants, and up to 25% of them already experience severe water shortages. By 2030, we will see added pressures, as an additional 40% of the world's population will be facing a lack of adequate and affordable housing.

Regarding the UN's 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, how we design and operate our cities currently accounts for the vast majority of negative impacts toward all seventeen of them. In other words, the unsustainability of our cities is responsible for most of our non-renewable resource use and house the world's most vulnerable populations. Hence, how they are built and interact with the built environments is in urgent need of revision. Orchid City aims to help solve this problem.

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The Orchid City Approach

Each unique Orchid City blueprint offers solutions to build an inspirational environment, delivering essential services while putting the well-being of its residents above anything else.

Orchid City applies an integrated strategy to produce detailed systemic modeling and far-reaching improvements. It combines a range of innovative solutions in agriculture, resource management, climate adaptation, and bio-based construction and manufacturing.

Integrating economic development and generational connectivity is vital to creating a vibrant and harmonious community at Orchid City. This not only makes for a nice place to live but provides financial support for workshop centers, community services, and programs to support startup culture and other innovative progress.

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Orchid City’s Performance

Orchid City is fully self-sustainable in:

  • Energy production, water supply, and waste management.
  • Food production and agriculture.
  • Jobs and meaningful work.
  • Social services, including health and aged-care.
  • Educational programs for all ages.

Orchid City offers a balanced program in:

  • Housing, across a diverse range of typologies.
  • Education programs, schools, and daycare facilities.
  • Production in agriculture and durable consumer goods.
  • Offices and business centers.
  • Entertainment, cafes, restaurants, resorts, and cultural programs.
  • Car-free communties and delf-driving electric transport.

Orchid City has the following performance characteristics:

  • Offers a range of affordable housing, a majority aimed at median income families.
  • Provides exemplary healthy and ecologically regenerative environments.
  • Is climate-adaptive & flood-proof.
  • Uses biobased materials for construction and operations.
  • Ensures a financially feasible project, delivering attractive returns on investment for both short and long-term investors, the wider community, and the region.
  • Remains energy positive, carbon negative, and provides the full dietary requirements for a vegetarian diet with an abundance of organic locally-grown food.
  • Establishes a new sustainable standard in their region, delivering partnerships for further development beyond its borders on local, regional, and national scales.
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Scalability & Adaptability

The Orchid City blueprint supports various communities and is scalable in size, from neighborhoods of 500 inhabitants to larger towns of 50,000+. The concept is adaptable across a range of climates, locations, and cultures and can support all types of economic activity from low to high-tech industries. An Orchid City community is able to work within the confines and availability of a particular space, the ambitions of partners, and the local demands for such sustainable developments.


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

The benefits of a hypothetical Orchid City:

A city of 15,000 residents is able to create over 8000 sustainable jobs and help channel more than €4.5 billion investment into surrounding regions for development. A community of this size will have 7500 houses in various typologies, plant approximately 1.1 million trees, and not only achieve carbon neutrality but become energy positive in operations.

  • 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

OC Countries

Want to Know More About Orchid City?

Website: www.orchidcity.eco

Email: info@orchidcity.eco

July 14, 2021

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