The Human Environment

Videos in this section:

  • The Built Environment contains all the things that we manipulate for our own benefit.
  • Home Systems are places where we spend large amounts of time, why not make them productive and ecological participants.
  • Energy and Appropriate Technology is an important consideration in our designs.
  • Economic Systems can mediate the way we interact with those around us.
  • Invisible Structures are not so invisible. We can pay attention to how they work best and optimize them for our situations.
  • Waste & Bioremediation both need to be thought about to take care of our current wastes and repair the damage that they have caused previously.
  • Livlihood, our place in these ecological and economical systems.

The Built Environment

  • How is the building you live in set in relation to its environment?
  • Even if not perfect, what are ways that energy can be harvested or blocked in your building right now?
  • Does the design of your building match the climate? How could it change to do so more?
  • What materials are in your building currently?
  • What materials are available locally?
  • What tools or technology could be used in your building to make it more appropriate to its location?
  • What infrastructure connects to your building? What is the hidden extent of that infrastructure? Who is also served by that same infrastructure? 

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Home Systems

  • What might be the zones around your home as they exist now? What would be optimal? 
  • What are the sectors that affect your home? Do any sectors already have interventions in place to either enhance or protect from them?
  • Mollison prime directive says “The only ethical decision is to take responsibility for our own existence and that of our children.” – In what ways could you do this right now?
  • In what ways do you have zones 1-5 at your home. In your home? What if you include work and shopping?

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Energy & Appropriate Technology

  • Is there evidence for which of the four scenarios you are in/heading towards?
  • What level of technologies are the different tools you use? (Low, Medium, High) Is that appropriate? How might that change in your future?
  • What technologies are you able to reproduce on your own?
  • What resources are most easily available to you?
  • What technologies are present in your home? Are they appropriate?
  • What ways could you conserve energy at home? In what ways could you be redundant in your energy generation?

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Economic Systems

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Invisible Structures

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Waste & Bioremediation

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Livelihood

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