Fractal-Emergent Settlement Architecture (FESA)

Introduction Fractal Emergent Settlement Architecture (FESA) is a settlement system architecture plan developed by Nicholas A. Carlough. FESA is based upon a single structural module (Cell) with nearly infinite scale-ability designed as a shell for the propagation of soil based closed socio-ecological life support system (SELSS). FESA expands along a fractal pattern using a standardized construction modules and layout, minimizing diversity of necessary manufacturing and maintenance infrastructure. A SELSS is essentially a garden within which a human population can sustain itself indefinitely as an integrated function of its host ecological complexity. A SELSS is… Read More

The Ginnungagap Engine

The Ginnungagap Engine (GgE) is a whole systems architecture for the maintenance of life sustaining climatic and biogeochemical patterns within a confined space. Its purpose is to provide a sufficiently complex thermodynamic and biogeochemical climate within which high-level ecological ascendency can emerge and continue to evolve in perpetuity. “Ginnungagap, the Yawning Void … which faced toward the northern quarter (Niflheim), became filled with heaviness, and masses of ice and rime, and from within, drizzling rain and gusts; but the southern part of the Yawning Void was lighted by those sparks and glowing… Read More

THC Shutdown, We All Fall Down

Background The interaction of warm and cold areas within a single fluid body creates a natural churning movement known as convection. The most notable example of this being major weather events like tornadoes and hurricanes, when the combination of cold and warm fronts press against each other. When cold and warm areas in the ocean interact, a natural current called the thermohaline circulation (THC) is formed, scaling the size of the oceans. Cold from the poles and heat from the equator stirs our planet’s oceans like a lazy spoon in a cup of coffee…. Read More

Introduction to Socio-ecological life support systems (SELSS)

Socio-ecological Life Support Systems (SELSS) – A class of Bioregenerative Life Support Systems (BLSS) related to Closed Ecological Life Support Systems (CELSS), where human cultural and ecological complexity are driven to emerge as a function of environmental control & life support systems (ECLSS) operation rather than simply exploiting ecological assets for the purpose of maintaining a livable environment. SELSS can be best understood by its contrast with CELSS specifically the function of the humans and there cultural relationship to its ecology as a regulating mechanism. SELSS are essentially CELSS that fully integrate the self organizing complexity of ecology with humans fulfilling an integrated… Read More

Emergence, it’s complexity, but not complicated.

Many phenomenon we encounter, such as consciousness, culture, ecology, and genetics, function through emergence from the compounding complexity of physics. To apply these fields to synthesis with any wisdom, requires a sharp vision of what complexity is and how it emerges from the border of chaos and order. This collection of resources is ordered in such a way to facilitate an understanding of complexity holistically starting with  chaos than emergence and finally its meaning, application and philosophical consequences. “… complex systems, an interdisciplinary field of research, that seeks to explain how large numbers… Read More