Oogst 100 Community by Tjep.



Here is the second of three proposals by Dutch designers Tjep. for self-sufficient farms - this time aiming to to house and provide food for up to 100 people within a diametre of 400 metres.


Called Oogst 100 Community, the proposal is designed to sustain a community of up to 100 people by providing them with everything they need including energy, heat, oxygen, food and waste management.


Like Oogst 1 Solo (see our previous story), Oogst 100 Community mimics a natural ecosystem.


It contains a greenhouse for crops to be grown in, fields for livestock and a windmill to harness all the energy needed for the community.


See our previous story for more details of the project, called Oogst, which will be presented at Design Huis in Eindhoven next week as part of an exhibition called Boer zoekt stijl, curated by Li Edelkoort.


Here's some more information from Tjep.:


Inspired by the Greenhouse Village, a visionary and realistic project regarding process integration between agriculture and housing, we calculated that theoretically with the usage of the proposed high-end self sufficient greenhouse technology, it should be possible to house and provide food for a community of 100 people within a diameter of 400 meters.


Oogst 100 Community is a self-sufficient farm for 100 people. The residents are all farmers. In the central greenhouse, all necessary crops are grown, the surrounding fields are for livestock. The central windmill provides all the necessary energy. Water is mainly collected condensed water from the greenhouse. An irrigation system makes navigation on electricity possible.


Studies by Dumbar (Dumbar's Number) show that communities of between 100 and 150 people are the most optimal and harmonious. Therefore, the concept never grows beyond 100 people but it can be multiplied to form a complete society. A society without shopping centers, banks, roads, cars or airplanes.


From community to society:

When we take this community of 100 people, taking a space of 400*400 meters as a unit, and cover the entire surface of the Netherlands, we can calculate how many people could theoretically fit in the the Netherlands in a sustainable manner.


400 * 400 = 160.000 m2 = 0.16 km2

41.526 / 0.16 km2 = 259.537,5 units

259.537,5 units * 100 pers = 25.953.750 people

Maximum amount of people in the Netherlands: 25.953.750 people

Today we are at +- 17.000.000 people

In short, a new hi-tech agricultural society, the agricultural version of the Matrix.


Posted on Saturday September 5th 2009 at 8:50 am by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • seewoosagur ramgoolam

    very scary, although only a bit more boring that the holland of today.

  • seewoosagur ramgoolam

    why dont you propose that from now onwards, all dutch citizens become emotionless robots. then they will fit right into this nightmarish pixel land.

  • *MIRTEC*

    life can be simple :)

  • SB

    What a boring uninspiring world to live in. everything the same everyone the same, remind you of anything. I also wonder where the natural eco system fits in with this plan. And by the way i dont believe filling the Netherlands with this system is a sustainable way of living, you still need biodiversity . this is as bad as their first post.

  • harharhar

    such a beautifully envisioned future – i’m deeply impressed….

  • booh

    I’m sorry. But… I think that the planning principles of le Corbusier, Frank Lloyd Wright, Ledoux… make this look like child’s play. Frankly, i’m getting a little tired of architect’s getting exited about the notion of covering the planet with windmills. It’s not going to happen- It’s not innovative, it’s not sustainable, nor is it conceptually interesting. Please. someone… please… come up with something better.

  • yo

    very nice…………naaaa!!!!

  • Good idea & good start of thinking, but frankly, this is good for poor countries to be autonomous, not a country like the Netherlands!

    Still, I hope this idea will lead eventually to make cultivation in a desert, (it will be something), and use wisely the energy…

    Francois Beydoun

  • Martin

    I would not like to live that way…

  • One

    Dutch are so dry,… life like this is impossible for me… They must have some machine-like side that I never had…

  • KJS

    “A society without shopping centers, banks, roads, cars or airplanes.”

    Sheer fantasy.

  • berts bobje

    this doesnt make cycling easier

  • Keith

    …at some point you have to rethink the way of today’s living….

  • gaque

    I love how the name mocks Ordos 100.
    Great work!
    This is far more interesting and discussion worthy than the architects’ disney land in mongolia.

    While I think the single circle is possible, once it starts to multiply for kilometers in each direction, the urban quality changes completely. There needs to be more units and variety. A single unit that goes on forever can never work. Can you have different diameters of these circles? If you had three different sizes, say, I think you could start to make some kind of urban quality, otherwise it’s like Brandi’s non-stop city…(conceptually fascinating, practically awful)

  • OG

    what about DIVERSITY!!!

  • Schoots

    This shows what you need for a sustainable country of course. Clearly its almost impossible as we can see. It means that we have to search for other solutions. Maybe to change our way of living.

  • this is only half of the story right? The oogst 100 which i’ve seen is much more inspiring ;) Please give us the answer for this ‘doom scenario’!

  • Not A Vegan but

    I got bad news. It takes a tremendous amount of resources to provide enough care for a steady stream of livestock to eat or use in other ways. If you’re honestly designing a planned community then that would have been the first things that you would eliminate from your plan.

    Meat is delicious and necessary for the human body to function at a high level of activity, barring consuming vitamins. It however comes at a price.

  • paulo

    Me parece un muy buen ejercicio conceptual. Obviamente no realista en cuanto a la posibilidad de realmente vivir así. No es humano y colapsaria muy rápidamente.
    Esta lección ya fue aprendida en 1930 cuando el racionlisto demostró no satisfecer las necesidades más profundas del humano en cuanto a que su habitat debe ser un lugar que lo haga sentir parte de la naturaleza, resguardado en su vientre y con la posibilidad de expandir su conciencia en la variedad con armonia.
    No es este el caso obviamente.

  • liminal

    Do you think they take themselves seriously? Maybe the joke is on us…

  • bodkin

    what are the black bits of ‘leftover’ land where the houses are? Squares would have made more use of the space than circles

  • I think it’s important to note here that Tjep aren’t architects but rather ‘designers’. I’m afraidf this type of proposal is usually what happens when other designers turn their hands to such things. Whilst I appreciate that this is a theoretical exercise (at least I hope it is…) – to suggest that this concept should populate the whole of the Netherlands, is illogical, irrational and absurd. As people have already pointed out, diversity is the spice of life and is what defines one city (or country) from another – who want’s to live in an identikit dwelling with nothing else to do but stare out and watch your windmill go around?

  • seewoosagur ramgoolam

    the leftover spots in black are for marijuana consumption, prostitution. the dutch leave space for our bad sides too. how understanding….

  • yrag

    I think there might be a good idea here (when kept small [and voluntary]).

    But the designers have take the scale to such an extreme that they end up conjuring an all consuming agrarian utopia only Pol ‘Van’ Pot could love.

  • FLR

    It’s a very interesting idea to come up with solutions to become more ecological friendly. You don’t need to take the concept of “crop circles” so seriously. But it gives us inspiration and it let’s thinking about our current living habits. I personally think it would be great if we could integrate some of these ideas in our existing cities and villages!

  • Ed

    This is a fantastic idea, and I only wish there were more people out there willing to take a risk and innovate in this manner. While Oogst 100 is bland on a large scale and needs diversity, this is an excellent starting point to think about this. Variation between each circle’s function could help, as well as a less flat, more 3D and vertical approach. As an architect who specialised in Urban Design, this project makes very interesting reading to me, and is a starting point for further thought. I eagerly wait to see what Tjep has for us next, and hope they’ll do something for us in the UK!

  • how we can put our capitalist society in this way? It seems utopian . How to put an rich and poor within the same structure? This to me is an attack on sociology and urban morphology and of course is impossible. What about the others civic spaces? school and hospital and other stuffs like this? This never be compare to le cobusier or frank lloyd wright. They have an approach more convincing