EVA Lanxmeer

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A greenhouse at EVA Lanxmeer

EVA lanxmeer (Eva-Lanxmeer or E.V.A. Lanxmeer) is the name of a éco-quartier (240 houses) built from 1994 to 2009 in the Dutch town of Culemborg in the Netherlands. It is an environmentally friendly housing development.

It was initiated by Marleen Kaptein, who was looking for a more sustainable way of building housing in urban areas. The project was a strong partnership among future inhabitants and the city of Culemborg, consultants and other people.

It incorporates many of the principles of high environmental quality and eco-towns, but its principal originality is the promotion of the constant participation of the inhabitants. Indeed, this area (except for his masterplan) was designed and conducted with representatives of future residents in a creative process (bottom-up; from bottom to top and not imposed by management or administration), often regarded as a model for several of its aspects (for example in Europe by Energie-Cités[1] and in France by the Department of Ecology, Energy, Sustainable Development and Sea[2]). It is therefore become an international reference, regularly visited by architects, urbans, developers, futurists or groups interested in the sustainability, from European countries, and sometimes the United States, Japan, etc..


A path at EVA Lanxmeer
  • E.V.A. for the name of a group and a center (Ecologisch Centrum voor Educatie, Voorlichting en Advies) made by to promote integration of Ecology in architecture and town.
  • Lanxmeer is the name of the local place;

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Coordinates: 51°56′54″N 5°13′59″E / 51.94833°N 5.23306°E / 51.94833; 5.23306