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Sustainable Living

Future House Designs- Sustainable and Beautiful!

Can you imagine living in small houses or apartment blocks covered with green areas, roofs planted with vegetables and herbs? Can you imagine living with other families in one house? Future House design must be sustainable but also beautiful, social, and healthy. If we could live together in houses made from sustainable healthy materials, and living in communities, we all would be healthier. It is not good for people to live alone.

I have no idea how our future houses will be, but if I see how old many houses are in Europe, 400 or 500 years old, or even more, that shows the people living in these centuries knew how to create sustainable houses. Castles and churches are made so that they are still amazingly intact if they have survived the bombing attacks of world war II.

How about the oldest buildings? Is it not amazing that humans in these times have been creating such enormous buildings, like the pyramids and Taj Mahal?

Future house designs- sustainable and beautiful
Julian Yu, Unsplash

Nowadays, we build many houses and apartments using materials that make people sick due to toxic substances.

Luckily, there is a trend already for years trying to use sustainable materials, avoiding toxicity. Let us use sustainable materials but also create a green sustainable environment. The trend of designing tiny houses is already used in recreational areas worldwide. It is very convenient to have smaller houses, but more gardens where insects and animals can live. These areas are peaceful and relaxing, which takes away the stress of our modern living.

I wrote an article about rooftop gardens that make life more livable, especially in the cities; green rooftops and balconies are a good trend that helps people calm down and being healthier. These are points helping people improve health in every area of their lives, including avoiding loneliness and depression. Building communities in the countryside, completely self-contained, with their own animals and vegetable gardens, will also improve social closeness. I think this could be our future design of housing.

Housing Today

The last decades have shown that owning houses has made many victims, especially older people who live completely alone in a family house, unable to help themselves due to age and illness. The worse point is the social isolation that always makes people sick because it compromises the immune system. Families need a house with space, which is essential, but many live in huge houses or apartments completely alone.

Around the world, we have these apartment blocks, where you have up to 15 levels, or in many cities, even more, called skyscrapers.

a forest of apartment blocks, brick
Anne Spratt, Unsplash

People often don’t know who their neighbors are anymore, and we have heard so often of people lying dead in their apartment for weeks, without even someone noticing that the person has not come out of their homes for weeks. Unbelievable!

Most houses are made from materials that are intoxicating the people living in these homes. Materials have to be cheap! You see that this is the development in all areas of our life, food, fashion, furniture, cosmetics, houses, everything has to be cheap. The cheap materials are highly toxic.

But even then, house prices are exploding in an artificial way, not affordable for many people. I know when we said that the rent price should be 1/3 of your income, but nowadays, the rent is often 3/4 of the income, forcing parents and singles to work several jobs trying to get the money together for their living. Stress makes people sick!

There is often no money left to buy healthy food and clothing, visit a doctor, or for some fun in their life.  If we all could live a lifestyle that helps decrease the pressure, people would maybe become healthier and more joyful. We need more sustainable materials, communities, cities, and life.

terraced houses
Falco, Pixabays

When we lived some years in a recreational park, we had more relaxed moments than now living in this terraced house, being a victim to all the noise around us, coming from the neighbors and the traffic. You can’t escape the radiation coming from your neighbors; even you don’t invest in having a fast-loading internet. Also, all the electrical and digital devices, including the purchase of 5G, are making many people sick, without them knowing it.

The community council is told to create an area to keep free of 5G, and you can apply for that. However, how much space will be there for the number of sensitive people? Experts have warned that there will be an increase in diseases due to the radiation and the electrical devices connected to wifi. Will the common health system be able to help all these people?

Problems of Building Houses

Some cities have difficulties building houses due to the lack of space. In the Netherlands, in Rotterdam, they have already built years ago more apartments on top of apartment blocks because they do have not have enough space to build new apartments and houses. The migration of people from other countries has taken up so many houses that there was an instant need for more houses and apartments to be built. It is a real problem that needs to be addressed.

Farming fields will disappear due to the need for more homes. Wherever they have found a little area left, they started building new houses.

 

Rotterdam harbor
Frederic Paulussen, Unsplash

The Dutch population is increasing very hard! But I believe, everywhere in this world is the population rising, making it necessary to build more houses.

We need innovative, thinking young architects who are creating sustainable houses made of healthy materials fitting in a sustainable environment where people’s health and the environment can recover.

We don’t need more patented medication but a healthy environment where people can live healthy lives. Of course, I don’t believe that most people will not deny their comfort and be unwilling to change their lifestyles. But maybe more people will come together creating their own healthy living space.

There are already some communities that live a sustainable life together in villages, selling their organic produce.

When I visit Bonn in Germany, where I have lived for 17 years, I always get my groceries from a community on the other side of Bonn. They have chicken, goats, and pigs, but also vegetables and fruits. There is also an organic market, but I haven’t been there for a while. I love buying organic food there while I am staying in Bonn.

grandfather and grandson are planting vegetables
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Actually, while I am writing this blog post, we are already looking for an alternative house to rent in my area here in the Netherlands. I would love to get back to a recreational park, and I will ask the community council if this is possible by now to live and register on a park. Houses are urgently needed so that they might tolerate it now. Do you have these problems in your country too? I would love to hear how the situation is in your place! 🙂

 

The Environment and Living

The environment is damaged absolutely. I have been today in Deventer, walking with my husband along the river Ijssel, and there are meadows where cows are grazing. I have seen many native flowers, but not any clover. Years ago, you could see them covering a whole area where bees, bumblebees, and butterflies find enough food. The native plants were already flowering, but we haven’t seen any bumblebee, bee, or butterfly. That is not a good sign!

If we don’t stop exploiting our environment, we will have a huge problem. Have a look in your area if you still see these beautiful insects flying around from flower to flower! In my garden, they become less present; I do everything to find a living space where they can indulge with many different flowers. I have recognized already for some years that the bee and butterfly population is decreasing very much.

bumblebee and bee on a purple flower
Tim Hill, Pixabay

We need more educated people who help develop an environment where people, insects, and animals can live together. Sustainability in building houses, and an intact environment with many plants and trees that are native, and cover the area the whole year around.

I have twice registered for meetings and community work to find ways to make this area more livable and sustainable, but they haven’t contacted me. If we all work together, we can improve the quality of the countries. There is a need to reach farmers to stop polluting the environment, exploiting animals, and recreating a healthy living area for all of us. It is possible!

Future House Design

We will not live in caves anymore, and that is not my intention in writing the post. Still, we need to stop, rethink and return to more healthy ways of living, avoiding inorganic waste, creating houses that emerge into the environment, helping people finding back their roots.

Why not developing more parks with huge green areas where houses are built sustainably, emerging in this green area, bringing back insects and animals, creating a community garden, or several vegetable gardens for our own produce?

Why not covering roofs in stony brick areas with vegetables or other plants, even trees? It is possible to improve living on this planet and in the cities, recovering nature instead of exploiting and destroying it. People need to stop their destructive behavior. I don’t have children, but I think of your children to live in a healthy world and being happy. Luckily there are already so many people supporting this idea.

house island, green environment
chuttersnap, Unsplash

People don’t need so much space; it is possible to live smaller, not collecting much nonsense stuff that they don’t need. We have too many possessions that we don’t need. Living in tiny houses with big gardens around us, built with glass walls, might give us the idea that we live in a green environment.

Observing birds and insects like bees and bumblebees is beautiful and relaxing. They have not to be killed because we don’t want them in our space. Rethink your behavior of using pesticides and herbicides will help these insects to survive and increase the population.

If we stop intoxicating our environment and ourselves, we will all be healthier, needing no medication at all. Some so many children have cancer, that is not normal! Children should be healthy, having strong immune systems, playing around in a green environment with animals they learn to respect, and being happy. Many young people have no idea what kind of seasonal vegetables and fruits are growing. They can visit the supermarket and purchase everything already cut in a plastic bag.

Apartment blocks covered by growing plants and small trees on their roofs, balconies, or even walls will provide an uplifting picture. Many plants covering the walls are homes for insects and birds and relax our eyes and mind. Brick is deadly for our health, but if we could combine brick with sustainability, we would already have a great opportunity to live in a healthier environment. Maybe aggression would decrease. Saving the Earth means saving us! 🙂

Final Thought

We need to rethink future house designs, bringing back a healthy and sustainable environment. Because of little space left in the cities, many people suffer stress, not paying the price for the rent. The building or renovating of houses in a sustainable, comfortable way, so we can afford to buy or rent a home, will help that nobody needs to live on the street and heal our environment. It should be the trend of the presence and future. Creating communities that support each other, growing vegetables and fruits, self-supporting housing models, giving more peaceful time that will contribute to healing humans and nature.

Exploiting should belong to the past, but creating a future where people treat the Earth respectfully; designing sustainable houses and areas to live a healthy life.

What do you think? How do you experience the exploitation of your environment? What would be your idea of living a healthier life?

All the Best,

Sylvie

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