How to Implement the Solution: Design & Housing
Now that we know what must be done, and why it must be done, we can finally focus on how we can start to do it. This society is contingent upon a few axioms:
1. The Axiom of Choice/Free Association. If someone decides to join this society it’s completely a free choice of theirs.
This axiom means that we have to locate this society in a place that has little to no current population. This also means that people born in this society must retain the citizenship of the parents and that there will be no native citizens of the society.
2. The Axiom of explicitness. There are no agreements that have not been made explicitly clear.
This axiom means that any social contracts are actual contracts signed by all whom they pertain to.
3. The Axiom of Self-Reliance. All basic necessities for the whole population must be provided by production in the society
Were this not to be the case then foreign powers would hold the real power.
These axioms when they interact limit the scope of possibilities, to several lightly to uninhabited locations (because of axiom 1). That are either geothermal active or, near a geothermal hotspot(because of axiom 3 applied to energy). When mapping all the remaining locations out this is what it looks like with somewhat loose criteria.
After narrowing down to the possible locations we can start to in detail plan out a human and environmental centered economy.
We have the most information on what a current typical first-world human needs so let’s start there.
Obviously people food, water shelter, and clothing
The possible location that are available limit where we might be able to source water from.
Modern construction is reliant on three core materials those being, wood, concrete, and steel.
When we get into the specifics of how these materials are made we see that steel and concrete are both composite materials meaning they’re made not grown or harvested.
The modern processes for making these materials make up at least 10.2% of global emissions(https://ourworldindata.org/emissions-by-sector). Yet there are known materials that perform better and are made of industrial waste products. One such material being GGBFS(ground granulated blast furnace slag) a steel industry by-product, or fly ash another blast furnace waste product. After doing lots of research you can then rework construction to take advantage of this fact and the fact that when you use prefabrication as the only means of production you can automate and control the whole process.
Zooming out of construction we can now start to talk about housing. The home is the center of most human activity. By focusing our design on making the individual homes of a society as self-sufficient as possible, we can ensure that residents will be fine as well. However, not everyone desire’s the same living conditions as others. Some people prefer to live more communally and some people prefer to live more solitarily. To account for this several different living styles of living should be provided. Below are my proposed styles.
Rural: High Concentration
Rural high concentration living is a lavish communal living style in which 20–30 people all live in one big mansion. This living-style is based on modern housing cooperatives. Each house would have its own distinct culture, sewage system, and both rooftop garden, and basement marine garden. They’d also be situated each in a permacultural food forest which gradually transitions to a traditional forest.
Rural: Low Concentration
Rural low concentration is a living style where the community is spread between separate houses that are spaced out quite a bit. Each house is a part of a loose community with neighbors being there but not visible. Think rural Kansas or Michigan. Each house is still surrounded first by a food forest and then that transitions to a natural forest.
Urban: Low Concentration
Urban low concentration or suburban is a living style where many small groups of people come together to form a decent-sized community with greater density than that of a rural community.
Urban: High Concentration
Urban high concentration is a living style where many communities exist is a small space sometimes even right on top of each other. This type of living style is comprised of single-person apartments, all the way to huge urban co-ops. It’s characterized by its diversity, plurality, and busyness.
Using these housing models as a substitute for individuals we can then design our systems with each of these different types of housing in mind. Ensuring that every community has all of the things required for a modern human.