Jean Lievens: Paracity High Tech Slums as Solution

Jean Lievens

Jean Lievens

PARACITY

“To find a form that accommodates the mess, that is the task of the artist now.”
– Samuel Beckett

Paracity is a biourban organism that is growing on the principles of Open Form: individual design-build actions generating spontaneous communicative reactions on the surrounding built human environment and this organic constructivist dialog leading into self-organized community structures, development and knowledge building.

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The growing organism the Paracity is based on a three dimensional wooden primary structure, organic grid with spatial modules of 6 x 6 x 6 metres (6 meters is approximately 18 feet)constructed out of CLT cross-laminated timber sticks. This simple structure can be modified and grown by the community members working as teams or by an assigned Paracity constructor.

Paracity’s self-sustainable biourban growth is backed up by off-the-grid environmental technology solutions providing methods for water purification, energy production, organic waste treatment, waste water purification and sludge recycling. These modular plug-in components can be adjusted according to the growth of the Paracity and moreover, the whole Paracity is designed not only to treat and circulate its own material streams, but to start leaching waste from its host city becoming a positive urban parasite following the similar kind of symbiosis as in-between slums and the surrounding city. In a sense Paracity is a high-tech slum, which can start tuning the industrial city towards an ecologically more sustainable direction.

Learn more — superb range of photographs and graphics.

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Mar 14

Peggy Holman: 16-19 May 2013 St. Petersburg FL World Open Space on Open Space

Categories: Space
Peggy Holman

Peggy Holman

World Open Space on Open Space  

May 16-19, St. Petersburg, Florida

By and for Open Space practitioners, the annual Open Space Technology practitioner’s gathering is sure to be exciting this year. If the practice of self-organizing is something you care about, join a free-ranging, in-depth discussion with people from around the world.  For more information or to register, visit http://wosonos2013.crowdvine.

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Phi Beta Iota:  Cost is $250 for individuals rising to $500 for White SOF, for whom this event is strongly recommended.  There is no faster better way to get a mind-wash on cultural diversity than by going into this event and letting it sweep over you.

See Also:

Open Source Everything

Open Space for Peace and High Performance (Harrison Owen)

 

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Apr 19