integrated systems

integrated systems. (Marching orders for design and construction of Stevens Point’s new downtown school and community complex.)

The instruction is built right into the buildings.

Now, the one piece I believe that is left is the actual construction.  That should be a local community effort as well.  A building such as the one you’re describing will be complex undertaking, requiring consultation of a multitude of disciplines.  The only way to get that many people working together is to get them working together.  Meet regularly.  Eat together.  Work in the space and think about how it can function as you are in it.

Go read this now. Engineering Net-Zero Buildings. From “environmental design + construction (

Articles to read:

Yes, you have to think about water collection/use/flow/distribution/storage when building a large sustainable or green building.  The infrastructure should replace or improve upon the natural structures it is replacing.  It should store/filter/redistribute excess water (we don’t flood, we recharge our aqua-systems), provide irrigation for food-growing operations (plants much prefer rainwater to groundwater), and recharge the water through directive vortex fins.  Yeah, we’re gonna rifle the pipes so the water shoots through the pipes, and we’re gonna use gravity, so we barely need any electricity to move it around.  If pumps are needed, like this article mentions, they’re designed in from the beginning.  So, a single common flywheel (for example) could accommodate all mechanical requirements, or, like these articles suggest, localized photovoltaic could provide necessary electricity.

Let’s not forget the human element.  Why not use the humans who occupy the space to physically alter it when it’s time to do that.  What if there’s an energy shortage, or just another use of some type and the power has to be redirected?  Should not a back-up exist that requires no inputs other than human?  How difficult would this be to implement if considered from the beginning?  In other words, why don’t we have a mechanically driven stationary bike blender? (I’m sure you know I mean a shared kinetic energy storage and distribution system, but you could power a blender off of this thing.  Raw apple-carrot juice for everyone!) What about a portable water pump that can effectively use the leg power of crowd of willing participants.  Or, one that’s integrated into the classroom.  Multi-use, people.  When one use of the room is complete, it’s still a viable room, and if it uses the sunlight that hits it effectively, it will stay usably warm past regular office hours.  Let someone do something in there.  Lockable storage pods, movable walls.  Wheels.  You’re building an organic transformer here, not a static thing.  You need to stop thinking about your living space as an object, and start thinking of it more as a living space.

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  • Polished concrete (
  • Gypsum board (aka drywall) that “cleans the air” ( Did I link to the article on that suppressed science page about the concrete that could do that?  Same idea.  Volatile organic compounds are captured within the pores of the material itself and “converted to inert compounds”
  • Ok, I couldn’t find it, but isn’t this clever?
  • Then this guy posited that the great pyramids are a limestone concrete. Whatever. Aliens already told me that through a pyramid that a book author I read once wrote.  Yuh huh.  I didn’t doubt it then.  Why should I doubt it now?
  • Theory
    Davidovits was not convinced that the ancient Egyptians possessed the tools or technology to carve and haul the huge (2.5 to 15 ton) limestone blocks that made up the Great Pyarmid. Davidovits suggested that the blocks were molded in place by using a form of limestone concrete. According to his theory, a soft limestone with a high kaolinite content was quarried in the wadi on the south of the Giza plateau. It was then dissolved in large, Nile-fed pools until it became a watery slurry. Lime (found in the ash of ancient cooking fires) and natron (also used by the Egyptians in mummification) was mixed in. The pools were then left to evaporate, leaving behind a moist, clay-like mixture. This wet “concrete” would be carried to the construction site where it would be packed into reusable wooden molds. In the next few days the mixture would undergo a chemical hydration reaction similar to the setting of cement.Using Davidovits theory, no large gangs would be needed to haul blocks and no huge and unwieldy ramps would be needed to transport the blocks up the side of the pyramid. No chiseling or carving with soft bronze tools would be required to dress their surfaces and new blocks could be cast in place, on top of and pressed against the old blocks. This would account for the unerring precision of the joints of the casing stones (the blocks of the core show tools marks and were cut with much lower tolerances). Proof-of-concept experiments using similar compounds were carried out at Davidovit’s geopolymer institute in northern France. It was found that a crew of ten, working with simple hand tools, could build a structure of fourteen, 1.3 to 4.5 ton blocks in a couple of days. According to Davidovits the architects possessed at least two concrete formulas: one for the large structural blocks and another for the white casing stones. He argues earlier pyramids, brick structures, and stone vases were built using similar techniques. 

    His ideas are not accepted by mainstream Egyptologists.”

  • So. Fucking. What.  Most physicists don’t know, let alone understand the most recent developments in physics, so who fucking cares what any experts think?

Passive solar is key in cold climates.  Movable shades and insulators, possibly even mechanical movement of a heat transfer medium (water, stone, wood, etc) should not be ruled out, but contemplated as possible.

Cooking.  We didn’t even talk about food yet.  Shit.

Ok, sensors on the solar ovens will determine optimal cooking times, and optimized parabolic mirrors will provide necessary heat.  If suitable transfer mediums don’t exist, then the kitchen goes where the infrastructure exists to accommodate the requirements.  The acquisition and preparation of food could be a social and communal of a daily event as the consumption itself.  Why not.  Where are the people going to go.  Are they going to stand in line?  No.  Movable pods.  Stations.  Attach the water and power systems, and it’s good to go.  Everything is cleaned and sanitized before going into storage.  These processes take place out in the open air with everyone as witness.  Food is the most critical fuel of this whole design process, and the industrial infrastructure that exists on this planet is a pathetic display of design, utilization, and respect for biological processes and human input.  Honor the meatbots.  The energy generated by healthy people will reduce the costs of this building to less than zero.  Yes, it will generate an over-abundance of energy.  Why not?  More to the point, how could it not?  This building has the opportunity to be an energy generator itself and a producer of energy generators for public/local use/sale/distribution/donation.  Fucking get to work.

You can’t afford me.  Besides, all the information you need is right here.

We gonna build these, too.  Yes, outside areas will provide students the opportunity to build earthships for outdoor minded, free souls, or the stubbornly poor.

Remember, when you disassemble the old fascist architecture, none of that is waste either.  Those design elements can and should be integrated into the new.  We are not denying our own past here.  We honor the decisions that we made in the past, because they made sense for us at the time.  New information has come to light that makes them rather outdated in comparison to the possibilities.  Ok.  Does every single person in the voting population need to have every process explained to them before they decide that it’s a useful use of their tax dollars and something that actual people will be willing and excited to use and assist in its functionality?  Get on it, then.  There’s teaching to do.

Do not rely on standard models of “waste hierarchy” to tell the full story.  Sure, it covers certain concepts, but when you add willing human input, hand tools, and cooperative community support, every last morsel of matter can either be put back to use or rendered inert, locally.  Even on the molecular level.  This is not an opportunity to dump our problems on someone or some place else.  The overall impact of this thing is its overall impact, and it should immediately spread an increase in green technology through every single human that it comes in contact with.

The living structure can and should also facilitate natural human interaction.  When humans are seen as a commodity, and when their natural abilities are allowed and given the infrastructure with witch to contribute to the whole, the human capacity of this rock will find its equilibrium.  We’re not over capacity, we’re under-utilized.  Let us use and be used.  Differentiation of role is not hierarchy of importance, and the past paternalistic/fascist notions can be nearly flipped on their head.  Yes, for a while, there will be voluntary beatings.  Energy dispersal.  Until we find tasks for the beasts of our culture which honor their beastliness, we will not shy from honoring their sheer destructive power.  We will put it to use.  In order to do so, we must understand it, think creatively about how it can be integrated, and then do so, immediately, without judgment, mocking, or fear.  To love is to not know fear.  Know love.  The possibilities are limitless.

I’m going to go eat.  Meditate on this.



~ by LazyAssWasteoid on 2011-03-18 (Friday).

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