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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.


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.

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….