Low-Tech Utopia

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April 30, 2009
Originally published in Fluid Design
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  Sitting placidly in the midst of open farmland (as evidenced by the gray plastic crop covers that seem to run into the greenhouses), Millennium City is an experiment by Japanese architect Hiroshi Iguchi in utopian sustainable living.
    Sitting placidly in the midst of open farmland (as evidenced by the gray plastic crop covers that seem to run into the greenhouses), Millennium City is an experiment by Japanese architect Hiroshi Iguchi in utopian sustainable living.
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  Far from the noise of Tokyo, it's easy to see how these houses serve as meditation and relaxation places.
    Far from the noise of Tokyo, it's easy to see how these houses serve as meditation and relaxation places.
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  "Surrounded by trees and an organic farm, all we hear are the birds, insects, and the wind," says Katsumi Ikura, a therapist who has worked at Millennium City.
    "Surrounded by trees and an organic farm, all we hear are the birds, insects, and the wind," says Katsumi Ikura, a therapist who has worked at Millennium City.
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  Architect Hiroshi Iguchi’s sustainable solution was to surround the greenhouses with tall, deciduous trees. In the summer, the “breathing” of the trees’ leaves and the shadows they cast over the homes help cool the spaces. To combat moisture from the humidity, residents can open the top windows of the glass spaces.
    Architect Hiroshi Iguchi’s sustainable solution was to surround the greenhouses with tall, deciduous trees. In the summer, the “breathing” of the trees’ leaves and the shadows they cast over the homes help cool the spaces. To combat moisture from the humidity, residents can open the top windows of the glass spaces.
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