Transdisciplinary: Research-Community-Commerce.

The opulence of my research & the 21st century city demands a dynamic, holistic & cooperative ethic. A research method that celebrates the paradigm shift that is apparent within the western culture in terms of biospheric economy, epistemology. A system that allows me to engage in complexities of living systems, not to shy away from them. feeling overwhelmed by the depth of research, when I lack the understanding, when I am lost in the wed of life, it is within that moment, of “out of controlness”, is when new thinking begins.

My endeavor is to capture many methods of research, “research negotiation”, action lead research, systems thinking approach, encompasses my way of thinking, a system which relates to my experience, knowledge & view of the world. That benefits & excels my future progressive thought. This method is about complexities, systems of interconnections.  This approach enables & encompass the ecological sphere, community sphere, research sphere, commercial sphere. These 4 systems are dominant elements within the city. They are one system, positive and negative feedback loops creates thoughts that vibrate through the butterfly effect, when an act, a thought, and a mindset, can & will change the world. Gregory Bateson would call this “the pattern that connects”. This is my position, my own standpoint. Out of Control.  Out of Control is the nature of the city systems, similar to Rainforest ecosystems, and advanced ecological systems as a whole. These “systems” can not be understood from a linear standpoint, from the pico scale. We need a transdisciplinary approach, whole brain collaboration in research, commerce and community.

Transdisciplinarity Research: The Profoundly Radical Whole.

Approach. There were many ways this research could of been conducted. In a direct, linear & traditional fashion. Research would sit and stay within the research sphere. The research would of been accomplished outside of the institute, interviews, library visits, interventions. The action-lead-research would still been completed, and new knowledge created. This singular view, the cartesian approach which has dominated the science’s throughout, seems to tell us only one half the story. This story of parts and things. To witness the sole of the hive, you can not find it in the anatomy of a honey bee. The anatomy of a honey bee would exhibit the structure and form of the bee, flight knowledge etc. The alphabet can not be fully understood by analysing one of twenty six components, nor by half, 13 components. Both a cartesian & whole approach is important. Right and left thinking enables whole brain collaboration. But this thesis will concentrate on the holistic, subjective, random, wholeness research approach.

Cross-disciplinary, Multidisciplinary, interdisciplinarity are the opposite approach to the cartesian method. Multidisciplinary, Blending the perspectives of several disciplines will ultimately enrich the topic in question. Moreover, our understanding of the topic in terms of its own discipline is deepened by a fertile multidisciplinary approach. The multidisciplinary approach overflows disciplinary boundaries while its goal remains limited to the framework of disciplinary research. Interdisciplinarity In line with a number of works (Porter et al. 2006, p. 3), interdisciplinarity is defined here as a mode of research that integrates concepts or theories, tools or techniques, information or data from different bodies of knowledge. As highlighted by Porter et al. the key concept is ‘knowledge integration’. In order to capture the process of integration in research, we need to investigate two aspects: Diversity: number, balance and degree of difference between the bodies of knowledge concerned; Coherence: the extent that specific topics, concepts, tools, data, etc. used in a research process are related.

Multidisciplinary, interdisciplinarity approach gave birth to a Transdiscipline approach, the trajectory of knowledge. The Transdiscipline it revalues the role of deeply rooted intuition, of imagination, of sensitivity, and of the body in the transmission of knowledge (Nicolescu. B The transdisciplinary evolution of learning)

Transdiscipline seeks to hyper-interconnect, into a sphere of systems,  Therefore a Transdisciplinarity also ” integrates concepts or theories, tools or techniques, information or data from different bodies of knowledge” , as with Interdisciplinarity. but the transdisciplinarity pushes these resources in the, demography, culture and community, social & life systems. On both bios & technos, creating levels of information, systems interacting on a practical & holistic transformation. “Trans” means to go beyond.



Ebullition visualises and sonificates data pulled from one of the biggest news sites of Hungary, The work is part of the project SubMap, which deals with subjective mapping of cities and countries. One frame is one day, and on one day many things can happen. Depending on how many times a day the name of a city or a village is mentioned on the site, the map of Hungary dynamically distorts according to that number. The sound follows and sonfies that visual outcome, creating a generative ever changing drone.

Biospheric Foundation UK & Microfarm USA

The work of the Biospheric Foundation & Microfarm are very similar on many levels, from soil science work, vertical systems, biospheric systems, biodiversity hubs, vermiculture systems just to name a few.  Biospheric Foundation will be visiting Microfarm.

Microfarm in the Wild Mountain, San Francisco is currently working with a cutting edge soil scientist.  Microfarm team our developing & investigates “Nutrient Dense Soils”, that give the plants the nutrients to pass on to the people that eat that food. Worms also can be used here as most soils are depleted of nutrients, by building the soil systems with the correct components. Biospheric Foundation & Microfarm are interested in healthy plants and it relationship healthy people.

Microfarm idea is to set up an education lab/ healing center, architectural and biological workshop. Microfarm works on experimental architecture, beyond Currently, we have started building a compound made of masonry rubble and garden projects. The idea is to demonstrate how you can build a home from the rubble of other homes, as in war torn areas and in other natural disasters.

Then we turn the entire building into a vertical garden, and a water filtration system, with a fish pond somewhere in the picture , and even worms, to feed the fish! We are working with a new form of ‘Biotecture’. At some point in the next year we will have accommodations for guests. You can visit, but we are in the middle of building infrastructure at this point. Camping accommodation in other words. Our company Microfarm work is starting to take off in a great direction. Mostly we are working on vertical gardening , and custom growing for restaurants and other clients.

The Biospheric Foundation have been awarded a research & development fund

The Biospheric Foundation have been awarded a research & development fund. The Community Foundation for Greater Manchester has awarded the Biospheric Foundation a Research & Development Fund for investigations into vermiculture and pedology urban systems. The Soil&Worm group at the Biospheric Foundation will be building a indoor worm farm. The vision and aim is promote Carbon Sink, Up Cycling waste systems, Biological systems, Soil fertility, Urban Biodiversity and there importance to growing local food in small urban environments. Worms create organic matter which helps the soils hold more carbon than the atmosphere and vegetation combined, and can hold it longer. People are increasingly looking to soil carbon as an opportunity to both mitigate and adapt to climate change, along with its twin issue, ecosystem function. This is the first group of is kind in the Northwest. The Worm&Soil group produce wormcast, wormtea for soil fertility. We also breed worms for customers, and enables are ecological team to do workshops with school and community collaboration.

The Constitution.

Localisms. Our vision aims to promote and enhance local ecological environments in salford, by using worms to increase soil health,  therefore promoting fertility and biodiversity in an area of greater manchester which is very much needed. By evolving local ecologies, we also enhance the environments visually. We are knee to show the importance of healthy Soil & Worms in urban environments and there relationship to growing local organic food. New skills are needed in salford, so all people regardless of age, gender, religion can provide everything they need to live a truly local, healthier, productive, and resilient lifestyle.

Research & Community

This initiative is in partnership with CityCampMCR, MIRIAD, MMU, University of Manchester, The Biospheric Foundation. Tuesday 28th June 09.45 am – 3.00 pm MBS East Lecture Hall A day of skills-based workshops on presentations, media and networking Keynotes Prof. Helen Gunter &  Vincent Walsh.

09.45 – 10.00 Welcome and registration

10.00 – 11.15 Keynote speakers:

Prof Helen Gunter, The University of Manchester

Vincent Walsh, PhD Fellow & MIRIAD, Founder & Director of the Biospheric Foundation & Epoch 6 Urban Research Laboratory.

11.15 – 12.15 – James Duggan, City Camp Manchester

Workshop 1 Presentation skills including presenting in front of a camera 12.15 – 13.15

Lunch break 13.15 – 13.45

Workshop 2 Structuring the pitch 13.45 – 14.15

Workshop 3 Speed pitching 14.15 – 15.00 Pitching to the camera.

Architectural Nutrient Flows

Senior Architect, Cristina Rodrigues @ Cristina Rodrigues Architects & the biospheric Foundation are working together on a number of prototypes for exhibitions and live clients in both UK and Portugal. This afternoon we started the discussion about, what will integration of ecological & architectural systems look like in the “practical” 21st century city? How will bio-processing (Vermiculture) work with other ecologies?, what will it look like? and how will it inform shape & space? What are the feed-back loops? How do we create biodiversity and local economies in one design?. Vermiculture, how many worms can a systems produce?, how much waste can it break down?, what is the value of the fertility in urban developments? All interesting questions in urban developments….

Biospheric Foundation

Above is the visual map of the facilities at the Biospheric Foundation. Each Floor will be provide a different service, and collectively it stands as a highly holistic resilient entirety ready for the 21st Century. The Biospheric Foundation is a dynamic facility, which needed a dynamic business model. The Biospheric Foundation is at present applying for a CIC, Community Interested Company status. Epoch Six Urban Research Laboratory will be a LTD. These two structures are needed due to the complexity of the project. The Biospheric Foundation will have the flexibility needed to bring in public engagement third sector grants & funding, while Epoch Six has the fluidity to engage in commercial sphere.