Location: Montagu, WC, RSA
Completed: On the drawing board
CMAI Architects Incorporated was appointed to do a Master Plan towards the development of a new Integrated Agri-Village outside the town of Montagu. CMAI’s approach to such developments are based on creating Enduring: Economic; Socio-Cultural; Environmental and Sensory Value.
Continued urbanization increases extreme financial and social burdens on our society. These include over-population, pollution, lack of infrastructure services and over-utilization of natural resources and escalating property prices and costs of living.
The World Economic Forum acknowledges and supports the growing trend and imperative to “de-urbanize” to combat the negative impacts of urbanization.
A solution to address the negative impacts of urbanization, is the establishment of contemporary rural villages. These are integrated, sustainable rural villages where residents live a life in balance with nature, minimizing consumption and maximizing the resources available for the best and healthiest lifestyle possible. This solution is the revival of an age-old concept where communities live close to fertile agricultural land for the daily need of the freshest food possible, and a maximum of open, green spaces to enjoy for recreation and wellbeing.
The establishment of a contemporary rural village is based on five (5) principles:
• Agricultural production & Food Security;
• Rural Development;
• Poverty Alleviation, Job Creation and Economic Development;
• Integrated Sustainable Human Settlement; and
• Biodiversity Conservation.