A Dutch architect’s revolutionary approach to restoring urban forests

If one Dutch architect gets his way, we might soon be living in car-free urban forests where the buildings look like trees.

The developments would also be fairly dense—less dense than a downtown block of high-rise buildings, but much denser than an average suburban neighborhood. “The density of OAS1S communities is much higher because of the double land use as a park as well,” says architect Raimond de Hullu.

The concept can integrate a mixed-use of single or multi-family housing, plus hotel or office use. On top of that, leisure and commercial use can be integrated on the ground level, covered by green roofs with tree-like units above,” he continued.

To make the units affordable for everyone, de Hullu plans to use a community land trust model. A nonprofit will own the land, and homeowners could sell the properties on top only for a limited profit.

This is a proven concept to create affordable housing,” he says. “This principle combines very well with the public park-like layout of OAS1S communities.

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