The Civilization Construction Kit - Open Hardware Technology

Somewhere in my schooling I learned that the fall of the Roman Empire resulted in an uneven

diffusion of the technology of the era. Most often what survived and spread was the technology that was of direct use to those involved in agriculture. Ahead of the wave with this global reorganization of empires are projects like Ryan Hett and clan are doing at Trout Gulch where Isaiah Saxon, Sean Hellfritsch, and Daren Rabinovitch and Marcin Jakobowski's Factor e Farm. Their eclectic mix of Do-It-Yourself sustainable culture makes use of the most cutting edge technology with a nod to pattern language.

Awareness that the transfer of core human legacies does not happen seamlessly in times of disruptive technologies and cultural discontinuities is essential to reading "the signs of the times." The Rule of St Benedict: Primary and Secondary Sources was a calculated intervention to carry forward the monastic impulse of the manuscript age early in the rise of digital text. Trout Gulch is a resurgence of a full-bodied back-to-the-land movement. As it matures awareness will come that inclusiveness of human diversity does not arise, even in utopian communities, without explicit adoption of Universal Design and its principles.

What will Trout Gulch, Factor e Farm, and the numerous other small-scale experiments in alternate futures look like if they when they integrate Universal Design? What will the Indian versions evolve into by applying Universal Design India principles in a DIY style?



  




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