Balancing Innovation & Destruction

Throughout time we learned to adapted to the conditions of our environment that we live in. Nature continues to progress, adapted, evolved to the environmentally conditions as darwin showed. We the human animal, the human being has adapted, progressed, and changed to the demands of the environment. We have learned to live better within the restrictions of environment conditions. Our major condition, issues within our environment is the growth population and urbanism. I will show you progression. If we still forged food like hunter gathers did 10,000 year ago, we would need 85 worlds (land mass), to feed 6 billion people forging. If we were still farming the organic way, like in the 1950s, we would need, 82% of the worlds land mass to feed the  6 billion population, opposed to the 38% we use now, progress (K.Kelly WTW. Pg58). Just 60 years ago, 1940 one in five citizens that lived shanghai was a squatter, them one million squatters stay kept upgrading their environment,slum, an within one generation their shanty town become one of the first 21st century cities, now the leading mage-city(K.Kelly WTW. Pg53. Change always changes, always progressing.

From a biological and technology stand point, I will use the “paradigm shift graphs” produced by Ray Kurzweil in this jaw dropping book “The Singularity in Near” (2005), to illustrate with clarity the idea of progress. The graphic highlights the count down to the singularity. Biological evolution & technological evolution but more interestedly is the continuing acceleration, indicted by the shorter time to the next event (2 billion years from the origin of life to cells, 14 years from the PC to the World Wide Web. This graphic also brings this idea to the surface, that, there is no separation between, biology, ecology, technology, it is all one spear, on the trajectory life, a life that is somehow possible, but highly improbable, like the chance of finding two of the same peddles on a beach.

But is seems with innovation, improvement and progress in a man made world, a backlash is the inevitable. The backlash is a destructive force, which usually destroys the most precise element in the life, life itself Nature. The industry revolution is a prime example, it was not a born but a made in the mind of women, innovation, improvements and progress that raised the standard of living, created, possibilities, wealth. This was a engineering revolution, like the wheel.

Microfarm Living Systems


Paul  Giacomantonio worked in Gabon, Equatorial Africa, building schools, community water/sanitation systems, and gardens. I lived in the rainforest and worked with several tribal communities,  the Mbaka Pygmies, Fang, Bakwale, and Banjabi communities. Working with hunter gatherer communities was very influential in may work since that time. I have also worked for about 5 years in rural mexico with the Hesperian foundation ( they wrote a book called ‘Where there is no doctor”, I worked in Sarawak , Northern Borneo with the “Penan”, community on human rights issues.  I was in Zimbabwe with a Stanford medical project( ZAAP) working on AIDS projects. Also worked in Canada, and Hawaii on construction projects, as well as film, music and broadcast projects. This is just a few of my background experiences.
‘Inka Biospheric Systems’, i was proposing the question, “Can human beings live in balance with the Earths biological systems?” and if we could do it, what would that look like.  I wanted to ‘Create an example of living in balance with the Biosphere.’  Also I noticed that there are nearly 2 billion + people living in nutritional poverty and hydraulic poverty. Housing is also a concern for the same population. Also ,  there are currently nearly 50 million  IDP’s/ refugees, with the UNHCR expecting 200 million soon do to environmental problems, ‘Environmental Refugees’. So I set out with a business partner, Kat Taylor, to address the issues of Water, Food and Housing.  Trying to help the ‘Bottom Billions” first. if we could help the people that have been forgotten about, we could help create a truly healthy economy.
Paul first project was a small, standalone , closed Loop system,called the ‘Sun Curve’. Originally invented for use in remote clinics, schools, refugee camps, etc.. In the process of developing the Sun Curve I wrote 4 patents that were generated from  the invention process.  The Sun Curve is an invention generator. It has spun off more them 7 new inventions/products so far.
Grow plants vertically with very little water, and no soil, no arable land. The market potential seems to be great. I have continued to work on the these systems, and the R&D. The grow medium originally called the ‘Bioquilt’ works fine. Depending on pumps to circulate the water through the medium.’/ filters. My current effort has been developing a vertical grow media that does not need electricity to function.  Basically the garden can be watered by hand or other drip irrigation systems.
My new company, ‘Microfarm Living Systems’ is a continuation of the same research and development i started with Inka. I am taking this technology to the ‘Homeowner/business community” as well as schools an Universities. There is quite a bit to explain on that subject.  Paul is now working on a small farming system that can be mounted on a steel frame, ( working name is ‘Frame Farming’) . Not to dissimilar from the Sun Curve’, but with chickens, bees, worms, fish, plants,  compost, solar/wind and grey water recycling.  I would say, it is like a form of ‘Biological Art’, a Bio Sculpture. The aesthetics are very important at this stage of the development. If it does not look cool, people will not bother to look at the system.
I have had exhibits at 3 museums , so far. I have not actively pursed this venue further. I am waiting to have a marketable product in hand before i start the media and museum projects again. Marketing seems to be easy  due to the timely nature of these devises. Paul workingat home/farm. We have 40 acres of land in the San Francisco area. We have a very remote/private location where we can work on experimental architectural ideas and systems.
The ideas and vision at the Biospheric Foundation & Epoch Six Research Lab , “Miniaturization and densification” is exactly the process that Microfarm Living System is working on. Growing food, recycling water, building a new home that works with the biosphere, and clean energy generation is our main focus. We are building our first structures and a home here this summer. I am basically being forced to walk my own talk. We are working with the natural materials found on the mountain and other things that we have salvaged from the modern world. I may have to buy cement. The home will be completely covered with plants, it will look like a large ‘Shrubbery “.  Microfarm Living System are still be architectural significant. Currently, i am developing a few vertical gardens for 2 restaurants ,for their dinning rooms. As soon as I finish the next iteration of R&D, I will be ready to go to manufacturing of the ‘Bioquilt’  or ‘Earth Robe’, which is basically an artificial soil that is produced in rolls.

Envirolution 0.2

The Biospheric Foundation is very excited about envirolution is weekend,  I will be joining the conversation with two visionaries, Joe Weeks & Paul Exall @ the  Greening Urban Spaces 3:15pm to 4pm at the Hot Topics Zone (see map below)

Manchester Garden City – Joe Weeks
Manchester Urban Farming Foundation – Paul Exall
Epoch 6 Urban Research Lab – Vicent Paul Walsh.
facilitated by Dan, Climate Change Survivors
I will be very briefly highlight the Biospheric Foundation Vision, Scoop, future thoughts. Then having a engaging conversation about all things Manc, Eco, Green, Evolving, Urban, Complex, Advanced, Holistic.

World Biosphere Federation (via Biospheric Foundation UK)

To understand ecosystems you have to understand networks,Bernard Patter. In 2050, in the hight of the technological era, Transhumanist with all the technics, hardware, networks, AI and Simulated environments are failing to stabilise Gaia. Tipping point has passed and now Gaia is spinning out of control. World Biosphere Federation and the new world leaders, are working with MIT time travel experts to transmit a Fragmented capsule back to 2010, thr … Read More

via Biospheric Foundation UK

Singularity is Near

Reading books such as “Singularity is Near” by Ray Kurzwell & “Out Of Control” by Kevin Kelly, Shows there is a huge shifted happening as we speak in the ability of the human Consciousness, where is this fantastic voyage taking us?. Ray Kurzwell talks about 2029, when the Biological & Nonbiological technology will merge into a hybrid Human, extending human concussions and possibilities. Quantum Mechanics has now open a huge debate. David Albert , PHD. Professor and Director of Philosophical Foundation of Physics, Columbia University and Author of “Time and Chance and Quantum Mechanics and Experience” has opened that debate, a new vision and ideology in the way we connect with everything. If the human animal reached Pure Consciousness,  our whole reality would shifted, therefore the landscape of “Needs and Wants” would shifted, therefore, Urban Planning and architectural needs would have a profound change.

Approach 1

The opulence of my research & the 21st century demands a dynamic, holistic & cooperative technique. A research method that celebrates the paradigm shift that is apparent within the western culture in terms of advanced ecological systems, epistemology. A system of complexities created from my own position, my own unique standpoint. How I see the city and the relation to my research methods in the 21st century. My endeavor is to creating a method that 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. That encompass ecological sphere, community sphere, research sphere, commercial sphere. Will live in one system, were positive and negative thoughts vibrate through the butterfly effect, where an act, an thoughts and a mindset can & will change the world.

Approach 0

We live in a hyper-interconnected organism, which man calls earth. The earth is a minuscule part of a 13 billion year story, we know as the universe. The National Geographical Publication (The New Universe 2010) showed the complexity, interconnectivity, and visually highlighted the beauty and its out of control-ness that underlines the universe. Our universe is connected to 125 billion Galaxies which exist above and all around us.

Our home-galaxy, the Milky-way is shared with 200 billion stars. Our earth evolved from the most minimal state, to a very complex state over 4.5 billion years. Earth has always been on a slow trajectory of progress. Simple cells organism to complex structures, like fish, reptiles to mammals & humans. This progress of change in the modern world is called Natural Selection. Charles Darwin at 22 years old stepped on the Beagle in 1831. At a time when religion still rule the western hemisphere. Unknown to Darwin this was the start of a intellectual thought provoking trip that outlasted his sea voyage. Darwin began to hypothesize and unravel the mystery of the Natural World. An endeavor lasting 28 years. Now in the modern world, we know that all life is related. The Origin of Species (Darwin. C 1859) and gene science in our modern world, show without doubt that this is the most scientific & probable way to understand our world in the 21st Century.

David Attenborough recent factual documentary (Charles Darwin and the Tree of Life. 2011) showed this inherent story of natural selection, which amplifies the relatedness, interconnectedness and rich diversity in Life. Life is so rich that in just 1.8 billion acres of the south American rainforest, s home to 2.5 million insect species, tens of thousand of trees, 40,000 plant species, 3000 fish species, 2000, birds & mammals species, this intents food web is created by the 500 millions tons of glucose produced via photosynthesis. This is a interconnected biological system. Life is in the business of making life. As viewed in the 9 laws of Gods, “the controlled from the bottom up” (K.KELLY 2004, Pg 469. Out of Control. 1st ed. London: basic Books). Nature has a divine way of relating, connecting, making something out of nothing. It has its own system, a systems that man still only understand a very little, but is also intertwined within it.  As a researcher, I am trying to create my own systems, as William Blake said,  “I must create a system of my own, or be enslaved by another man”.