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The individual housing dream has pushed to the development of thousand  of "new" villages ("lotissements" in french)

Could you explain more about what lotissements are?  I read the entry in French Wikipedia, but it was not clear from that whether they are truly autonomous "villages": i.e. autonomous economically, in terms of energy supply, food, etc.  From your diary, it seems that people actually commute outside of the villages for work.  If so, they are clearly not autonomous in that sense.

Rather than Israeli kibbutzim or ecovillages, are lotissements more like low-cost versions of "gated communities"?  What do you think of the idea of intentional communities?

Truth unfolds in time through a communal process.

by marco on Sat Feb 24th, 2007 at 12:35:53 PM EST
As I understand it, it is nothing more than an area open to development by a developer or a city, from less than 10 houses to in the thousands for the biggest. It is a dormitory made of individual houses, no economic, cultural or social activities.
The grouping is simply because of economy in scale in the infrastructure needed for the urbanization .

La répartie est dans l'escalier. Elle revient de suite.
by lacordaire on Sat Feb 24th, 2007 at 01:48:55 PM EST
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