A design for a modern urban village promises to be greener and more diverse

Suburbia without cars—an oxymoron for many and a dream come true for most—is currently under development in Mannheim, Germany. But this utopia-turned-reality offers much more than just a safety place for children to play.

By replacing roads and pavements with a system of connected parks, fruit alleys, urban gardens and sports fields, architects from the design firm MVRDV want to encourage residents to interact with each other and to spend more time outdoors. They also equipped every house with a private garden which the inhabitants can use depending on their needs, for example, by growing vegetables or creating more play-space for children.

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