Welcome

This is a site about how to solve community-scale infrastructure problems. All of us who live in communities have to address each of these topics. This site is about the lessons and tips others have learned that can help us stand on the shoulders of those who have come before and skip the trial and error that they have already done. Please contribute if you have any tips or strategies to share, and feel free to send a few bucks to keep the project going if you like what you see here.

The most conservative estimates say that most of the US will be desert within decades. Mass migrations from harder-hit countries will start sooner; the World Bank says over 140 million climate refugees will flee the equatorial regions in the next few decades. Our national food and water systems are not sustainable and can not be made sustainable in time. It’s therefore time to build new systems and start preparing for the now-inevitable future. The USACE projects some pending disasters could lead to as much as a rapid 90% population decline in the US, as the crumbling infrastructure which provides people’s basic needs continues to collapse.

Permaculture means whole systems thinking; sustainably producing enough food and water to survive over time while turning all our outputs into inputs and indefinitely recycling everything from waste to water.

Arcology means thinking not just about what we build but how it fits together with the surrounding ecology and our place in it.

Appropriate Technology is all about using small-scale, affordable, decentralized, local, efficient technologies to increase local autonomy while solving infrastructure challenges.

Strategic Autonomy means designing communities that can survive without relying on outside sources for fundamentals needs.

Intentionality: The first intention we must set is to survive in the long-term by building a place for ourselves in the future.

 

  • Choosing a Site
  • Purpose
    • Intentionality
    • Philosophy of Categorizing Needs
      • Michael Reynolds
      • Maynard James Keenan
      • Patrick Martion
    • Communal Effort
      • Identifying Opportunities For Additional Community Infrastructure
      • Dunbar’s Number and Community-Scaling
    • Preparing For A Changing World
      • Changing Crop Zones
      • Changing Shelter
      • Changing Water
    • Funding Your Community
  •  Water
  • Food
    • Permaculture
    • Growing Food at Tribal-Scale
      • Aeroponics
      • Algaculture
      • Aquaponics and Hydroponics
        • Nutrient Film
        • Deep Tissue
        • Dutch Buckets
      • Attracting Pollinators
      • Botanical Cells
      •  Composting
      • Greenhouses
        • Cold Frames
      • Mycoculture
      • Small, Low-Labor, Low-Impact Livestock
        • Chickens, Ducks
        • Entomophagy: Black Soldier Fly Larva, Crickets, Grasshoppers, Roaches
        • Honey Bees and Other Pollinators
      • Raised Beds
        • Row Crops
        • Vermiculture
    • Storage
    • Preparation
  • Shelter
    • Improvised
      • Recycled Materials
      • Disabled Vehicles
    • Mobile
    • Permanent
      • Arcology: Density vs Impact
      • Earthships
      • Concrete on Lath
    • Heating and Cooling
      • Seasonal Solar Heating
      • Thermal Mass
      • Earth Tube Cooling
  • Power
    • Production
      • Solar
      • Wind
      • Biodiesel
        • Vs Greasel
      • Microhydro
    • Storage
    • Distribution
      • Distributed Production
      • Temporary Microgrids
      • Permanent Microgrids
  • Connectivity
    • Burdening Individuals?
      • Sources
        • Cell Service
        • Satellite
        • Cable/ DSL
      • Shared Infrastructure
        • Community Cell Boosters
        • Line of Sight Towers
    • Shared Community Burden
      • Same sources but shared, lower cost