Research

Habitation


What started in human history as small groups of hunter-gatherers seeking shelter from danger in bomas and caves has evolved into the metropolitan areas of today. However, these gatherings of human society are now becoming places where the greatest threats to human survival can be found. Air pollution from low-efficiency transportation systems threatens human health. Undermanaged solid waste covers streets and encroaches on living locations. Sea-level rise due to climate change displaces large segments of the population gradually by erosion of coastal land and suddenly by hurricanes and tsunamis. Economic collapse leads to abandonment and blight. Social unrest quickly follows, accompanied by a rise in crime and political corruption.
Today, people are concentrating more and more in high-density population centers. The challenge is…

  • Achieving the right balance of living spaces, municipal infrastructure, and natural environments
  • Supported by government institutions, public societies, and commercial interests
  • All at a size that can be supported economically, agriculturally, and environmentally

Not all habitation comes in large scale or with preexisting infrastructure. Many choose to live in small towns, in remote locations, and even in extreme climates and environments. Such locations have become more desirable to many trying to move away from metropolitan areas.

Research and Development in Habitation

Our researchers seek for understanding of how to make human habitation systems more sustainable and resilient. Topics of research span the range from indoor environmental-control and life-support technology to utility infrastructure technology, from individual and family habitation architecture to urban planning architecture, from individual health and welfare needs to community health and welfare systems, from neighborhood dynamics to municipal governance, and more.

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Agriculture


The abundance of land and, later, fertilizer and technology, have enabled the human species to advance in many ways. However, the abundance and advancements have also resulted in inefficiencies in land use and food distribution. Mass production has resulted in depleted land and dwindling fertilizer resources. Climate change has created unseasonable weather patterns, resulting in crop failure and destruction. This has created a chain reaction of small farms going out of business, followed by the collapsed local economies in inner cities and rural towns, corporatized farming that shifts land resources toward cash crops, and geographically-challenged distribution systems and politically-charged supply chains that fail to get food from where it is abundant to where it is needed.
Today, human knowledge of agriculture and nutrition has never been greater. The challenge is…

  • Achieving the right balance of natural and technological farming tools and techniques
  • Supported by government institutions, public cooperatives, and commercial interests
  • All at a size that can be supported economically and environmentally

Not all agriculture comes in the form of commercial-scale, open-field farming. Many choose to grow their own food, participate in cooperative or community gardening, or invest in farms for a share of the produce. Farming is also innovating, with the growth of controlled environment agriculture and the use of hydroponics, aquaponics, and aeroponics. Such alternative approaches have become prevalent as traditional farming fails to meet all needs.

Research and Development in Agriculture

Our researchers seek a deeper understanding of how to make food systems more sustainable and resilient. Topics of research span the range from soil microbiomes to field ecologies, from monoculture to crop diversity, from personal-use food production to regional farming systems, from open-field farming to controlled-environment agriculture, from local farm-to-table initiatives to supply chains supported by imports, from personal nutrition to international food security, and more.

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Biospherics


Earth environments have been a resource for human development and advancement over the course of human history. However, human history has not been kind to Earth. Even though Earth biomes have shown a remarkable ability to recover from human-driven disaster, as evident in environments like Chernobyl and in populations of animals such as the Blue Whale, many other indicators show no signs of reversal. Air pollution is extending far outside the suburban ring of metropolitan areas. Agricultural land is becoming depleted and unable to grow food without the use of large amounts of expensive fertilizer and genetically hybridized crops. Rivers are running dry and aquafer levels are dropping, even while demand for water is increasing. Earth’s climates are changing, endangering life as we know it.
Today, our knowledge of environmental functions and the state of our environment has never been greater. The challenge is…

  • Achieving the optimal ratios of land allocation to habitation, agriculture, and ecological buffer
  • Supported by government institutions, public cooperatives, and commercial interests
  • All in ways that can be supported economically

Not all environmental impacts are large scale. Recent history has revealed micro-phenomena. Sick buildings result from insufficient air cleanliness and replenishment systems. Antibiotic resistant bacteria result from practices of trying to eliminate bacteria. Repetitive and localized viral epidemics result from large percentages of populations living over-stressed lives with weakened immune systems. And yet these micro-phenomena are likely linked to macroscopic problems in our biospheres.

Research and Development in Biospherics

Our researchers seek for understanding of balancing human habitation and agriculture with the ecological buffers of the surrounding wildernesses, maintaining the health of all. Topics of research span the range from individual footprints to ecological service loads, from human health to environment health, from biogeochemical cycles to cycling system technologies, from biospheres to closed ecological systems, from local environmental initiatives to global-international efforts, from local environmental impacts to global climate change, and more.

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Human Expansion


Humans have always expanded their regions of habitation. However, this expansion has brought many problems with it. Emigration across geographic barriers that naturally prevent migration of life has introduced invasive species. To add insult to injury, humans have also overhunted/harvested native species and overused their habitats and resources. Both have driven native species to endangerment and extinction. This causes imbalances in the natural ecosystem, leading to a myriad of other problems. Humans also tend to operate long supply chains from the “old world” and to make the “new world” into something looking like the old world. This has introduced old-world practices into climates and environments not suited for such practices. Human expansion has also resulted in distribution systems that steal resources from distance lands to support unsustainable practices in booming economies, resulting in inequitable treatment of people and overburdening of both environments.
Today, humans are living in more places around the world than ever before. The challenge is…

  • Achieving the right balance of natural resource allocation to human consumption and functional health of the environment
  • Supported by government institutions, public cooperatives, and commercial interests
  • All in ways that can be supported economically

As this continues into the future, living in regions that are less hospitable to humans and more extreme in environmental conditions would seem to be inevitable, even into deep space.

Research and Development in Human Expansion

Our researchers seek to understand the factors of human expansion that assure human survival and thriving. These factors involve balances of using advanced technology vs. using primitive technology, transporting food from other locations vs. growing food where it is needed, import resources from the old world vs. using local resources, importing habitation methods from the old world vs. adopting habitation methods relevant to the environment, extending governance from the old world vs. establish new governance, and transferring biospheric factors from other locations vs. adapting to local environment.

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Research Pillars

Adaptation

Evolution and survival of life in extreme environments

Energy & Physics

Efficiency and renewability of sources and managing of pathways

Environment

Function and control of biogeochemical cycles

Economics

Creation and sustainment of local economies and building of resilient supply chains

Augmentation & AI

Extension of human capability and creation of artificial agency with robotics, and AI

Sociology

Stability of local, international, and interplanetary social structures