Flavours Orchard farm city

Concept art
Designed by Vincent Callebaut for Kunming, China

The design incorporates 45 energy positive villas and uses concepts like vertical axis wind turbines, temperature regulation based on the Sun’s path, algae-filled photovoltaic panels, and electric vehicles. The intention is to provide a sustainable town set in a communal orchard and vegetable garden.


You know what I want to write? The story that begins as cyberpunk and ends with solar punk. We get out of the gutter the status quo isn’t enough to maintain. We change and heal.

Write it!









I keep seeing people asking ‘is solarpunk really punk?’ because it’s too happy and optimistic and stuff

and I’m picturing a perfect moment in a solarpunk community — the neighbourhood mayor standing with a shit-eating grin on her face when the cops come and cut them off from city power, and nothing turns off

This is my absolute favorite example of how solarpunk is punk. Also, Detroit (and a lot of other places) could probably use something similar for water. Especially in places where it’s illegal to harvest rainwater. I dunno, maybe water tanks cleverly designed as yard art?

Like… yeah it’s happy and optimistic, but my view of solarpunk at least is in complete defiance of many capitalist ideals so if that’s not punk … ‘Punk’ isn’t edgy, dark and gritty. Not to me. Building a society completely based on renewable resources, accessibility for all, and constant sharing is a big fuck you to the current system if you ask me.

Exactly. Near future solarpunk especially requires rebelling against the
current system. Punk is about defiance (at least that’s what it’s come to mean colloquially). Defiance doesn’t have to be
destruction and violence and grit, it can look like stubborn creation and
community building and rejecting many of the dominant system’s values. 

Wait. Why would harvesting rainwater be illegal?

There’s an interpretation of the concept of property that says if something has value, then someone should be getting paid for it. Despite being flatly absurd and riddled with obvious logical flaws, this has been one of the major philosophies of property in the US, in some contexts (including water) for over a hundred years. This Washington Post article gets into it in detail. 

According to this logic, if there are water suppliers in a region, then they’re entitled to money when people get water. Collecting rainwater for yourself gets around that, so, in this concept of property, it’s a form of theft.

There have also been legal battles over people growing food in their lawns, generating their own electricity, etc. If you’re looking to extricate yourself from the systems wherein you have to serve the interests of specific wealthy people to survive, many parts of the western world are ready to use the force of government intervention to stop you.

I feel like a big chunk of the ‘dark, gritty’ aesthetic punk is associated with came as a reaction to the bright, glamorous ‘American Dream’ imagery and patronizing ad campaigns of the 50s.

But now that we’re being sold “The future is bleak and dirty and there’s nothing you can do about it,” being optimistic and cheerful is the most punk and rebellious thing you can do

This is an extremely well put point.


Banana Plastic

Elif Bilgin, an inventor from Turkey, devised a way to make plastic from banana peel when she was 16. She was inspired by seeing all the plastic waste in the Bosphoros strait in Istanbul, and wanted to make bioplastics which could replace the ever-present petroleum-based plastics in the world.

Her method is beautifully simple, using a couple of cheap chemicals and household appliances, it’s easy enough for anyone to make. The banana plastic was entered into Google Science Fair 2013, and you can read all about her method here.