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SCOD Design Methodology 202

Posted in Alternative Architecture, ecovillages, Organic Architecture, SCOD Designs, SCOD Online School, SCOD Thesis, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on April 7, 2020 by Drogo

How to Approach SCOD Design (updated 2020)

 

  1. Define linguistic terms for communication

Vocabulary: sustainable, community, cooperative, organic, dwelling, development, alternative architecture, art, science, nature, elements (parts), ecological (environmental), permaculture, homesteading

 

  1. Study statistics and discuss case studies (architecture types and styles): Historical, environmental, industrial (commercial), domestic (private), utilities, public (social), mixed-use, temporary, permanent, etc… [see scod blogs and references]

 

  1. Theory Assumptions: Commercial monopolies (Crony Capitalism) are destroying global eco-systems, contributing to dynamic climate change, and increasing consumerism and planned obsolescence that steals national wealth (socialism for plutocrats), which increases debt poverty and decreases democracy. [see scod philosophy and references sections]

 

  1. Design methods: Basic Needs Diagrams (3 survival, function, form, flow), 5 Elemental Forces Lists (air, fire, water, earth, spirit), Social Narratives (client description details of desires), legal framing (codes), cost estimates, construction procedure, timeline, etc. Develop your own scod design strategies based on case studies and assumptions.

 

5.  Design Images: drawings, models, multi-media

SCOD Prophecies

Posted in Critical Commentary of Civilization, Economics, Philosophy, Politics, SCOD Thesis, Spiritual with tags , , , , , on September 5, 2013 by Drogo

These are the prophecies by Drogo Empedocles, accepted as the basis for SCOD.

 

  1. Some systems within Civilization will collapse due to a combination of factors after one major event.
  2. When some civil systems fail, people will riot, and sane people must defend themselves.
  3. Survivors will begin to take back power from government and corporations.
  4. Families and communities will value making their own living and food.
  5. Architects and Archivists will become beacons in the new dark ages.
  6. Suburbs will want to develop gardens more than building more houses.
  7. Cities will find that trapped within skyscraper artificial tombs, maintenance becomes overwhelming.
  8. The East Coast will once again value the Chesapeake Bay, and all waterways more as life itself.
  9. The Appalachian Trail will become a major highway with growing communities.
  10. West Virginia will reduce coal mining, and get back to real mountaineering.
  11. Harpers Ferry will reclaim its status as spiritual place of gathering and barter.
  12. The Hilltop Hotel will be run by local community groups.
  13. Park Rangers will become true Forest Rangers, and Police will become Road Warriors
  14. Without electricity buildings will be converted architecturally as forts and communal housing.
  15. SCOD will be established as a community and tested. SCOD will prevail.

 

 ps – predictions or prophecies may or may not come to pass, however if there is any chance they should be brought about, made true, and come to be; we should prepare and make plans no matter our chances of survival.

 

SCOD Medieval to Victorian Shift 2013

Posted in Medieval Tavern, SCOD Thesis, Victorian Tavern with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 13, 2013 by Drogo

I am putting my plans and dreams for establishing a Medieval Tavern on hold indefinitely. If I had at least an equal business partner willing to meet me half-way on producing designs, plans, and investments; then I would do it. I have not been able to find such a business partner, and so therefore I was not willing to do it myself; as the risk and stress would have been too much for someone that is not rich. I had already taken out loans for college and car, that I struggled to pay. Now that I have greater financial stability and resources, I am not willing to pour all of my savings into a Medieval Tavern; because I would need to take out another loan, and even if I could make a working business, there is a good chance that business would not make net earnings the first few years (it would be in the red). With what would I pay the loans back, if the gross earnings went into paying only the utilities and employees? Business schools generally teach that most new businesses do not start covering costs, until several years later; some close before that, and others go bankrupt.

For many years I have had some loyal and interested friends, that worked on some of the concepts with me; however it takes more than the occasional comment of encouragement or critique, to match what I had designed, planned, and was willing to invest. I have realized, the hard way, that even creative people that can understand what an awesome idea it is, are probably not going to commit to such a major life project (by commit I mean spend most of their waking days on it like I have often done). Most people have their own lives and dreams, that they may or may not pursue. I have yet to find anyone as intent on making a Medieval Tavern as I have been, and I accept that may be the case until I die.

Yet because I am stubborn when it comes to dreams, I am transferring my SCOD efforts from the Medieval Tavern, to the potential for a Victorian Tavern, Tea-House, or Tap-Room. I have a house that was built in 1908, and has a Victorian first floor interior. There is parking along the streets nearby, and the town is the historic tourist town of Harpers Ferry; so there are already successful bed & breakfasts. In fact we had a B&B in our house for years, among other businesses. So it is more likely I will be able to achieve a Victorian Establishment of some kind, before I die; without as much financial backing, and less partners. I will be starting this new dream based on current and future conditions, and no partners (for now). Some dreams we live with, are in fact, in part, already a reality.

– Drogo Empedocles

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Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (LSD)

Posted in Pagan, Psychology, SCOD Thesis, Trips with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 1, 2013 by Drogo

This powerful psychoactive drug is also called LSD-25, lysergide, and commonly ‘acid’. LSD is a psychedelic catalyst derived from the fungus ergot. It is well known for its extreme psychological effects. Affected mind functions include altered sensory perception and transcendental cognitive processes. Most of the effects LSD has on the mind, are still mysterious; despite years of scientific research and civilian recreational experimentation.

LSD is NOT addictive, does NOT physically ‘damage’ the brain, and is chemically NOT lethal (low toxicity). Despite those known facts, it is also true that the psychological reactions of LSD are unpredictable; but often include extreme amounts of anxiety, delusions, illusions, confusion, trances, and paranoia. So users of LSD should be warned in depth, and have therapy support resources before, during, and after LSD affects their system. Experiences on LSD are called ‘trips’, referring to how our mind can ‘travel’ in various ways, get ‘tripped-up’ (and fall afterwards), and how such shifting thoughts create and become adventures.

The first scientist to synthesize LSD was Albert Hofmann in 1938. Arthur Stoll discovered the chemical found in the grain-fungus ergot that grows on rye (grain / bread). In 1947 Sandoz Laboratories made and sold LSD as an industrial product called Delysid. In the 1950’s the CIA composed proposals and conducted programs involving LSD. The main CIA LSD research program was ‘MK-ULTRA’. CIA officials covertly gave the drug to many young American military soldiers and students; in attempts to discover chemical weapon and mind control applications. Within a few years LSD had gone ‘main-stream’, and was being used nation-wide ‘recreationally’ by the 1960’s popular counter-culture movements (hippies and other radicals). Main-stream political authorities were opposed to the mass protestors, and therefore banned the ‘consciousness-expanding’ drug LSD, “for their own good”. Now, it is currently still illegal to possess or sell LSD.

In pure form it is a clear, odorless, tasteless, solid; however it is usually transferred to paper, or administered as a liquid. LSD liquid is usually dripped onto ‘blotter’ paper, gelatin, or sugar cubes for consumption. Small drops are used because of the potency of small quantities. LSD affects 5-HT(2a) receptors in the brain.

Despite our linguistic lack of words, and the limits of those words, to describe mental or spiritual experiences; I will attempt to list and explain some of what is known by scientists and users alike. I have divided the subject of LSD effects into two main categories: sensory perception and cognitive reasoning. The two functions of ‘sensing’ and ‘thinking’ are obviously connected, but this deconstruction is meant to logically explore and understand what a human mind can go through, while on LSD. All LSD experiences depend on the user’s previous experiences, current state-of-mind, and environment; as well as dose strength of the drug. Timothy Leary spoke about the ‘set & setting’ of LSD use.

Sensory Effects: LSD can cause physical sensory (and nervous system) reactions such as visual ‘illusions’, pupil dilation, synesthesia, audio echoes, sound confusion, electro-magnetic sensitivity, time perception changes, appetite changes, wakefulness, numbness, weakness, nausea, temperature changes, hyperactivity, goose bumps, clenching, perspiration, hyper-reflexia, tremors, strong metallic taste, and heightened senses. The sensory effects of LSD are highly variable and often vague, some of which may be secondary to the psychological effects of LSD, the user, the environment, and other drugs. Time sense experience repeats, stops, slows, stretches, and quickens. Visual ‘illusions’ for LSD include: colors, tones, shades, patterns (textures), hallucinations, blurs (tracers), image replication, eidetic imagery, flight, floating, and many other optical deviations. Objects and surfaces appear to ripple, flow, breathe, change shape, change color qualities, and animate.

Cognitive Effects: LSD trips often have long-term psychological effects. It can cause significant changes in mental conditions, life goals, personality, social perspective, and universal consciousness. LSD affects thought in relation to memory, time, objects, senses, self identity (ego and personality), emotional feelings (moods), connectivity, and every other type of cognition. When LSD is taken ‘Doors of perception’ tend to open in the mind, allowing users to ‘look or move into another way of perceiving reality’. LSD works within the first hour of taking it, but lasts for an average of 12 hours. LSD is used as an ‘entheogen’ by psychedelic shamans and new-age ‘psychonauts’ for spiritual therapy. Higher doses often cause intense distortions of perception such as synesthesia, catatonic trances, distortions of space, temporal dimensions, and temporary dissociation. LSD is often helpful for intense therapeutic sessions like: pain reduction, anger management, aura cleansing, soul searching, inspiring creativity, enhancing imagination, self-awareness, pattern recognition, metaphysical sexuality, empathetic melding, and other forms of psycho-therapy.

 

Warning! If the user is in a hostile or otherwise unsettling environment, or is not mentally prepared for the powerful distortions in perception and thought that the drug causes, effects are more likely to be unpleasant; in contrast to a pleasant atmosphere in a comfortable environment with a relaxed, balanced, and open mind-set. This strong drug is illegal, but the US DEA makes false statements regarding it, just as they do with other illegal drugs. LSD may trigger panic attacks or feelings of extreme anxiety, colloquially referred to as a ‘bad trip’. No real prolonged effects have been proven; however, people with such conditions as schizophrenia and depression can worsen with LSD. CIA tests show that LSD does make people more susceptible to suggestion and interogation. LSD ‘flashbacks’ (intense deja-vu) can occur sometimes, from related ‘triggers’. Flashback triggers can be caused by other drugs, or just mentally (drug-free). Flashbacks can be as real as hallucinations recreating specific experiences, or simply vague feelings of recollection.

New clinical LSD experiments started in 2009 for the first time in 40 years. From 2008–2011 there has been ongoing research in Switzerland into using LSD to alleviate anxiety for terminally ill cancer patients coping with their impending deaths. Preliminary results from the study are promising, and no negative effects have been reported. The Beckley Foundation, MAPS, Heffter Research Institute, and the Albert Hofmann Foundation exist to fund, encourage and coordinate research into the medicinal and spiritual uses of LSD and related psychedelics. Thanks Wikipedia!

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SCOD Victorian Tavern

Posted in Cooperatives / Communities / Networks / Travels, Recommendations & Tributes, SCOD Thesis, Victorian Tavern with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 29, 2012 by Drogo

Pipedream Pub Reboot 2012: SCOD Victorian Pub Manifest

Is anyone interested in working on designs with me for a “SCOD Victorian Revival Tavern”? The pub can be either urban townhouse pub style, or rural mansion. As discussed with other SCOD members, Victorian is obviously more popular because of the steam-punk fad, and the high-level of technology and design (relative to the former medieval based project). I will need volunteer writers and illustrators, but if all you have is a penny’s worth of ideas, that will do too. We are more likely to find investors to manifest a Victorian SCOD, rather than the older more rugged Medieval SCOD.

Perhaps combining Victorian Fashion elegance, Victorian Historic Revival Architecture, steam-punk designs, carnival freak-show acts, psychic-supernatural circus philosophy, and other aesthetics; will allow SCOD to appeal to a larger audience and membership.

2012 is also the year that the search for the first democratically elected or volunteer SCOD Council is declared. This will further define SCOD membership, with an emphasis on Pro-Active contributions, rather than Re-Active. Also it will allow SCOD to evolve led by the most current active members, and not held back by the stubbornness of older less-active members (such as myself). Allowing for a SCOD President to be elected often, will allow many to fill the position, and feel proud to add “SCOD President” to their resumes. This in turn will further the goals of SCOD outreach.

I think that by having a Council, it will mimic the structure that existing intentional communities have (not just organizations), and make it clear which members are active contributors (previously labels such as SCOD Associative Member were unclear as many Associated Members were more active than some of the older members). In this way SCOD will become more defined by its ACTIVE members, than by seniority of membership; but through a more defined Constitution (by-laws) we can structure a legacy to build from, and certain ideals to add to or modify (but not disregard).

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(note: while this house is not a Victorian Style, it was built at the tail-end of the Victorian Period, and beginning of the Modern in 1908; Inside the entire first floor is dedicated to Victorian Decor, and is an Art & Antique Middle Class Museum. This case study shows how SCOD theory is adaptable.)

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Trade As Existence in Reality

Posted in Cooperatives / Communities / Networks / Travels, Critical Commentary of Civilization, Philosophy, SCOD Thesis with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 5, 2012 by Drogo

To exist we must trade one thing for another, constantly.

Life is lost in trade (substitution) for Death;

Life is gained from consuming Dead things.

Even the kindest person giving a gift, can be understood to be making a trade,

even though there may be no “expected immediate return”.

Always consider it a trade, even if it only ends up a gift.

This is not to say that we should be cruel in punishing slackers;

as there will always be those that do not want to give back in return.

In fact it may not be worth our time to continue dealing with such people,

so the best trade in that case is to avoid dealing with them.

This philosophical theory of the Universality of trade,

is in accordance with the idea of reciprocal gift giving;

even if the gifts are not exchanged simultaneously.

Even when we get something for free as a gift,

we owe a debt to good fortune; and more specifically to a person,

if indeed it was a person that gave the gift to us.

We always have something to give back in trade;

whether the trade is translated into goodwill, or a different media.

Also we should know that many people do not understand life in this way,

so we must be prepared to stop wasting time and effort trying to get them to accept the same law of nature that we do, in the same way that we do.

We cannot expect anything in return from some, because they will continue to accept gift after gift without trying to return the favors;

or they may refuse to be part of the trade process completely, and simply refuse all gifts.

Those people that will not participate in trading, or have trouble giving back in some form, should be avoided. Sometimes effort can be taken to understand how some people give back in ways that are not easy to realize, but in some cases it is not worth it.

If we feel things are too one sided, we know something must be done about it;

unless our gauge for such things is malfunctioning.

Often it is not worth arguing about;

simply give gifts, drop the subject, and accept the loss;

because trade is usually mutually beneficial;

therefore lack of trade is a mutual loss.

All gifts are a type of debt or credit.

Even good will or kindness is positive credit;

just as ill will or cruelty is a negative credit.

We that follow this rule, believe in giving to people that give to us.

Semantics can be confusing to some however,

especially if they want to see gifts separate from trade;

just remember it is really usually a difference in terminology,

despite the underlying behavior and actions being the same.

Another allowance should be that people may believe in this principle,

but factors will not presently allow for a trade, despite intentions.

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“A Favor for a Favor”

If we want help, we have to be willing to give in return;

No matter if we are poor or rich.

if we only take without giving back to the one who gave;

it is a one sided relationship.

But by seeking equal or proportional trade, the relationship can be mutual.

Friendship should not be one-sided, unless it is between care-giver and cripple.

Accepting a gift, we should eventually return the favor for each gift, or sum total.

The sooner trade happens, the better; as it is a loan of good will.

Reciprocation of good will is a foundation of trust in a healthy community.

If you think you have nothing to give, think again; equal does not mean identical.

Time, money, talent, possessions… etc they can all be weighed in relation to eachother.

If we do not want to give, either we need to create more or stop accepting!

Even a poor family with mouths to feed,

has little excuse for not giving back to a person or community that gives.

It is by this criteria, that i judge who is a mutual friend, and who is not.

To lazy persons, who accept gifts without voluntarily soon giving in return,

I say “for frick’s sake! If you are not crippled, you should be.”

Harsh sometimes, but practical and kind over all.

This social contract, is a form of justice;

according to the Law of Reciprocal Maintenance.

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SCOD Thesis Prologue

Posted in Critical Commentary of Civilization, SCOD Thesis with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 1, 2012 by Drogo

 

SCOD Manifesto Declaration

 

Natural Imperial Angst

Contemporary American Capitalism is monopolized by tyrannical industrial companies that threaten the foundations of democracy and individual liberties. The morally corrupt Industrial Complex runs on excess greed, commercialism, and profit sophistry. This drives civilization on a climactic parabola of angst. Although our own invention, the Imperial Machine is ethically devolutionary; allowing global actions as subhuman in mentality as our own prehistoric ancestors. War can be explained, but not justified, as part of human nature. To enlightened warrior philosophers long term Authoritarianism is unacceptable.

Our government is at least as corrupted by business as ancient Rome. Rome collapsed, and so shall our Imperial Industrial Complex; at least at our rate of perpetual “progress” and terror propaganda. Through our efforts to secure our dominance, we undermine the virtues and values of true communism and democracy. Ancient Athens was a democracy, Rome was a republic, and the United States of America was too; briefly before becoming an Oligarchic Empire.

Thomas Jefferson and George Washington believed in the sovereignty of individuals in an agrarian society. Only two generations ago the United States was still a proud agrarian nation. Now Industry casts a shadow over our past agricultural inheritance. Civilization is accelerating faster than ever before along the Christian timeline; sloped upwards by population, manufacturing, pollution, and technology; we are on a parabola reaching a climax of excess.

Some patriots really do try to make our system better from within; however the chances of making significant change from within is minimal, compared to trying to live an alternative life. This is not to say that it is not worth experiencing the system and attempting to make better laws for the masses, rather than worse laws. The more people change themselves for the better good of the planet, the more change will happen on all levels.

In our case, as with ancient Rome, the Oligarchy (rule by the few) is also a Plutocracy (rule by the wealthy elite). The modern American family farm is no longer a desired livelihood by the masses, and although unpopular, farms still form the foundation of civilization. The independent farmer has been plowed over by big chemical and mechanical corporations, thus citizens are led to become commercial henchmen. Family values are trumped by our artificial urge to serve the Money Machine. Therefore, Angst from within the Complex, is a natural reaction for a decadent society spawned and fed by commercial entertainment, ignorant convenience, and greedy profit.

War is always against the Truth of Virtue. For example, the War on Drugs claims virtue but is a hypocritical approach to drug abuse, which is only a surface problem or symptom of larger more systemic issues of civilization. A deep problem of humanity is lack of real-life education, and deeper still is the problem of dysfunctional families which have contributed to the lack of ethics and morals. All people and generations have a right to rebel in their own ways. God is dead, yet Religions still struggle for control. The Entertainment of sports, wars, and plastic superficiality is now the dominant opiate of the masses.

History shows that Dark Ages follow the structural collapse of a system. Structures of civilization collapse like buildings with weakened foundations often neglected and corroded by ignorance of it’s architecture by inhabitants, rulers, and owners. The strength and security of a foundation must come from people who want to be responsible for the system that protects them. There must be a freewill of stewardship, fostered by truly democratic communities.

Strength and security within civilization must come from freely educated people, willing to hold virtue higher than greed. We must have the will to practice tolerant democracy above the will to dominate. Freewill of stewardship by environmental awareness is naturally occurring and should be promoted for the preservation and evolution of democratic communities.

Artificial Intelligence remains limited so long as it denies natural organic complexity of design. Aggressive Offense is not the best defense for one community to have against another; Respectful Defense is the best Defense for any community (big or small) to have, just as between individual people. Inner strength can be prove stronger than even the most fearful show of outward force.

Presupposition Assumptions

Family Farms have been surrounded, attacked, and devoured by three Giants. The monster known as Bio-Tech Chemical Companies, the machine of Military Manufacturing, and the clown of Commercial Corporations and killed our Ma and Pa. This is wrong.

The Pyramid of Capitalism remains upside down. The Trickle Down Economic theory claims that wealth from the rich upper-class few, will trickle down to a broad base population of lower-class poor. However a more truthful picture of civilization is that all of our pay, taxes, and savings, trickle down to the rich few. This inverted triangle is disturbing on many levels. It does not seem to be a safe structure, with such mass weight resting on a point that is piercing the earth. Even by conventional symbolic history it is sinister (evil). Since prehistoric times triangles pointing up are positive; and when they point down they are negative.

Angst is a natural reaction for a decadent society based on commercial entertainment, ignorant convenience, and greedy profit. There can never be perfection in this world of reality, yet some ideals are true enough to try to live by. Environmental stewardship of life and land is a true ideal.

Environmental ideals include the world around us, and what we do to it, and what we put into ourselves. In order to save our environment and ourselves, we need to be more aware of our diet and where our food comes from. Being able to provide significant amounts of food is important for self-sufficiency.

No system is perfect, however some work better than others. Even if post-apocalyptic visions never fully manifest, provide for yourself as a responsible human in a free country. Learn how to grow organic living plants for food, medicine, and the ecosystem. Learn, plan, and practice independent thought as a responsible human, in relation to society. This thesis is intended to alter the Machine and may be used in hopes of enlightened evolution.

Nature is Reality. Nature is the essential truth of Life in the Universe. We can understand Nature though science and spirituality. Nature is based on 5 basic elements: Earth, Air, Fire, Water, and Spirit (Synthesis). From Nature comes life and death. From Nature comes all intelligence, knowledge, wisdom. Wisdom is the ability to apply knowledge correctly and responsibly to situations. Wisdom is Virtue, and virtue is good.

SCOD Hypothesis

A Natural Question

Can environmental anachronisms be used to architecturally design sustainable living for a thriving organic community of clients more independent of corporate monopolies?

SCOD Thesis will explain HOW to build answers to this question, and provide some conclusions while trying to prove the answer is “Yes”.

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SCOD Mission Statements

 

SCOD does not have only one mission statement, there are many. SCOD has as many mantras as its members can have profound thoughts. SCOD is dedicated to environmental education for individuals and society. We desire positive encouragement, sustainability, cooperation, and community development. Although some of our best work is achieved through fear, anger, paranoia, mania, and depression; there is enough outside of this forum in Life to foster our darker sides. Be free, and strive to help not harm.

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We Seek

To think, imagine, discuss, debate, decide, plan, build, and live organically.

To find others of like mind, spirit, and soul.

To foster kinship of the heart, and loyalty in friendship.

To unite other communities, in common communication.

To untie ourselves from unwanted mundane bonds.

Land, to build upon.

To open a Medieval Tavern to gather locals and visitors alike.

Dwellings to be architectural extensions of ourselves, personally designed.

Fields to grow our own food, and have open space.

Groves of trees, to selectively use for harvest of food, shelter, and fire. Under their giant branches we gain wisdom from their shade.

Truth, in all its forms.

So Mote it Be. Blessed be. Herne and Epona protect us.

SCOD Update 2011

Posted in Pub Library, SCOD Thesis with tags , , , , , , , on August 18, 2011 by Drogo

SCOD  Update  2011

 

SCOD Websites

SCODpub.com                                    on                 Hits:  unknown

SCOD Public Blog on WordPress         on                 Hits:  Hundreds Daily *

SCODgreenhood on Youtube              on                    Hits:  Thousands **

SCOD on Facebook                            on                    new

 

SCOD Publication Sales

SCOD 2000 (paperback)                   7  printed           no net profit

SCOD 2000 AT  (book / ebook)         1 sold               no net profit

SCOD 2010 (Kindle Text Only)           2 sold               no net profit

 

Media Aspects

Writing

Illustrations / Photos

Animated / Film Video Series

Future ideas – radio, tv, blog interviews, shows, merchandise, etc…

 

* SCOD Blog on WordPress Highest Stats

2,982 views on busiest day, January 16, 2011

22,464 views for the month of January 2011

 

** SCOD Green House / Green Hood Youtube Channel Stats

Subscribers:

1,270

Channel Views:

52,189

Total Upload Views:

1,985,888

Most Viewed Video:  Robin of Sherwood Intro

423,514 views

Most Viewed SCOD Created Videos:

Native American Portraits 44,986 views

SEX SEX SEX Commercials Sell!!! Buy Now!!! 42,318 views

SCOD Fallout: Act 1.2.43 “Visigoths / Saxons / Vikings” 24,594 views

SCOD FALLOUT: Act 1.1.1 “Earth Creation Beginning” Title 22,990 views

SCOD WATER Hydro Power 16,115 views

HOT Self-On-Self Action!! SEX !!! Blow Shit Up Now! 14,165 views

SCOD Organic Gardens: SPRING SOIL TILLING 13,431 views

SCOD Tribute: Native American People 13,248 views

World War III: Atomic Armageddon Nuclear Apocalypse 12,413 views

SCOD Subjects

Posted in Education / Schools, Pub Library, SCOD Thesis with tags , , , , , , , , on August 16, 2011 by Drogo

For organization of the Pipedream Pub Library

Based on the Library of Congress Classification System

 

1 — GENERAL WORKS –

2 — PHILOSOPHY. PSYCHOLOGY. RELIGION

3 — WORLD HISTORY .  TRAVEL .  REGIONAL HISTORY

5 — GEOGRAPHY.  ARCHEOLOGY .

6 –  ANTHROPOLOGY. SOCIAL SCIENCES . POLITICAL SCIENCE

7 –  ENTERTAINMENT . RECREATION –

8 — LAW –

9 — LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE

10 – MUSIC . SOUND

11 –- VISUAL ARTS –

12 —  ARCHITECTURE

13 — AGRICULTURE . LANDSCAPE

14 — AQUATICS

15 – ECONOMICS . FINANCES

16 — MILITARY . WEAPONS . MARTIAL ARTS

17 – MEDICINE . BIOLOGY .

18 – SCIENCE –  TECHNOLOGY – ENGINEERING

19 –  COSMOLOGY . EDUCATION

20  — BIBLIOGRAPHY. INFORMATION RESOURCES . INDEX

SCOD Proposal to ATC

Posted in Cooperatives / Communities / Networks / Travels, SCOD Thesis with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 3, 2011 by Drogo

SCOD Letter to Appalachian Trail Conference Members

This proposal letter to be accompanied by AT SCOD Book.

Harpers Ferry Appalachian Trail (AT) Headquarters

My Dear ATC Neighbors,

Please study and consider my book, AT SCOD: Appalachian Trail Sustainable Community for Organic Dwelling. SCOD was my Architecture Thesis for my Masters Degree in 2000 from the Savannah College of Art and Design, GA. In it you will find that I designed a “Sustainable Community for Organic Dwelling” which I feel is similar to the 1921 vision for the AT by Benton MacKaye. To me it represents one of the community farm camps that MacKaye desired to have along the Appalachian Trail. My summary of his ideas and conclusions in support of the agenda are included in the book.

I do not know your financial and legal situation as part of the National Park Service. However I would appreciate your opinion regarding how viable my proposal would be as an official AT Project. For years I have searched for funding and sponsors for this project to be built in the physical world but have not found enough to even begin with permission on a site. The site I chose in the book was only for the purpose of having a hypothetical setting, so naturally the designs would continue to evolve for another site.

Thank you for your consideration,

Walton D. Stowell II

Appalachian Trail SCOD Designer

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Benton MacKaye – Appalachian Trail Founder 1879-1975

Emile Benton MacKaye (Pronounced “McEye”)

Harvard University, US Forestry Service, Tennessee Valley Authority, US Dept. of Labor, Critic of Urban Sprawl, Author, Wilderness Society, Social Activist Hell Raiser, Originator of the AT in 1921, Patron of the B.M. Trail,

Geotechnics – balancing humans and wilderness

Original 1921 Vision of the Appalachian Trail

by Founder Benton MacKaye

(Summarized by Drogo for SCOD in 2011)

“An Appalachian Trail: A Project in Regional Planning”

 

Purpose:  Conservation, Recreation, Sanctuary, Health, Living, and Work

Functional Divisions:  Trail, Shelter, Community, and Work

Conclusions from Trail Experiences

AT Purposes Explained:

Conservation, Recreation and Sanctuary

“Throughout the Southern Appalachians, throughout the Northwoods, and even through the Alleghenies that wind their way among the smoky industrial towns of Pennsylvania, he recollects vast areas of secluded forests, pastoral lands, and water courses, which, with proper facilities and protection, could be made to serve as the breath of a real life for the toilers in the bee-hive cities along the Atlantic seaboard and elsewhere.”

Health (Physical and Psychological or Spiritual)

“The oxygen in the mountain air along the Appalachian skyline is a natural resource (and a national resource) that radiates to the heavens its enormous health-giving powers with only a fraction of a percent utilized for human rehabilitation. Here is a resource that could save thousands of lives. The sufferers of tuberculosis, anemia and insanity go through the whole strata of human society. Most of them are helpless, even those economically well off. They occur in the cities and right in the skyline belt. For the farmers, and especially the wives of farmers, are by no means escaping the grinding-down process of our modern life.

Most sanitariums now established are perfectly useless to those afflicted with mental disease – the most terrible, usually, of any disease. Many of these sufferers could be cured. But not merely by “treatment.” They need acres not medicine. Thousands of acres of this mountain land should be devoted to them with whole communities planned and equipped for their cure.

Living and Work

Next after the opportunities for recreation and recuperation our giant counts off, as a third big resource, the opportunities in the Appalachian belt for employment on the land. This brings up a need that is becoming urgent – the redistribution of our population, which grows more and more top heavy.”

AT Functional Divisions Explained:

Trail

The beginnings of an Appalachian trail already exist. They have been established for several years — in various localities along the line. Specially good work in trail building has been accomplished by the Appalachian Mountain Club in the White Mountains of New Hampshire and by the Green Mountain Club in Vermont. The latter association has already built the “Long Trail” for 210 miles thorough the Green Mountains — four fifths of the distance from the Massachusetts line to the Canadian. Here is a project that will logically be extended. What the Green Mountains are to Vermont the Appalachians are to eastern United States. What is suggested, therefore, is a “long trail” over the full length of the Appalachian skyline, from the highest peak in the north to the highest peak in the south — from Mt. Washington to Mt. Mitchell.

The trail should be divided into sections, each consisting preferably of the portion lying in a given State, or subdivision thereof. Each section should be in the immediate charge of a local group of people. Difficulties might arise over the use of private property — especially that amid agricultural lands on the crossovers between ranges. It might be sometimes necessary to obtain a State franchise for the use of rights of way. These matters could readily be adjusted, provided there is sufficient local public interest in the project as a whole. The various sections should be under some sort of general federated control, but no suggestions regarding this form are made in this article.

Not all of the trail within a section could, of course, be built all at once. It would be a matter of several years. As far as possible the work undertaken for any one season should complete some definite usable link — as up or across one peak. Once completed it should be immediately opened for local use and not wait on the completion of other portions. Each portion built should, of course, be rigorously maintained and not allowed to revert to disuse. A trail is as serviceable as its poorest link.

The trail could be made, at each stage of its construction, of immediate strategic value in preventing and fighting forest fires. Lookout stations could be located at intervals along the way. A forest fire service could be organized in each section which should tie in with the services with the services of the Federal and State Governments. The trail would immediately become a battle line against fire. (accompanying map proposed trail location)

Shelter Camps

These are the usual accompaniments of the trails which have been built in the White and Green Mountains. They are the trail’s equipment for use. They should be located at convenient distances so as to allow a comfortable day’s walk between each. They should be equipped always for sleeping and certain of them for serving meals; after the function of the Swiss chalets. Strict regulation is required to assure that equipment is used and not abused. As far as possible the blazing and constructing of the trail and building of camps should be done by volunteer workers. For volunteer “work” is really “play.” The spirit of cooperation, as usual in such enterprises, should be stimulated throughout. The enterprise should, of course, be conducted without profit. The trail must be well guarded against the yegg-man and against the profiteer.

Community Groups

These would grow naturally out of the shelter camps and inns. Each would consist of a little community on or near the trail (perhaps on a neighboring lake) where people could live in private domiciles. Such a community might occupy a substantial area; perhaps a hundred acres or more. This should be bought and owned as a part of the project. No separate lots should be sold therefrom. Each camp should be a self-owning community and not a real-estate venture. The use of the separate domiciles, like all other features of the project, should be available without profit.

These community camps should be carefully planned in advance. They should not be allowed to become too populous and thereby defat the very purpose for which they are created. Greater numbers should be accommodated by more communities, not larger ones. There is room, without crowding, in the Appalachian region for a very large camping population. The location of these community camps would form a main part of the regional planning and architecture.

These communities would be used for various kinds of non- industrial activity. They might eventually be organized for special purposes for recreation, for recuperation and for study. Summer schools or seasonal field courses could be established and scientific travel courses organized and accommodated in the different communities along the trail. The community camp should become something more than a mere “playground”: it should stimulate every line of outdoor non-industrial endeavor.

Work at Farm Camps

These might not be organized at first. They would come as a later development. The farm camp is the natural supplement of the community camp. Here is the same spirit of cooperation and well ordered action the food and crops consumed in the outdoor living would as far as practically be sown and harvested.

Food and farm camps could be established as special communities in adjoining valleys. Or they might be combined with the community camps with the inclusion of surrounding farm lands. Their development could provide tangible opportunity for working out by actual experiment a fundamental matter in the problem of living. It would provide one definite avenue of experiment in getting “back to the land.” It would provide an opportunity for those anxious to settle down in the country: it would open up a possible source for new, and needed, employment. Communities of this type are illustrated by the Hudson Guild Farm in New Jersey.

Fuelwood, logs, and lumber are other basic needs of the camps and communities along the trail. These also might be grown and forested as part of the camp activity, rather than bought in the lumber market. The nucleus of such an enterprise has already been started at Camp Tamiment, Pennsylvania, on a lake not far from the route of the proposed Appalachian trail. The camp has been established by a labor group in New York City. They have erected a sawmill on their tract of 2000 acres and have built the bungalows of their community from their own timber.

Farm camps might ultimately be supplemented by permanent forest camps through the acquisition (or lease) of wood and timber tracts. These of course should be handled under a system of forestry so as to have a continuously growing crop of material. The object sought might be accomplished through long term timber sale contracts with the Federal Government on some of the Appalachian National Forests. Here would be another opportunity for permanent, steady, healthy employment in the open.

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“Let’s put up now to the wise and trained observer the particular question before us. What are the possibilities in the new approach to the problem of living? Would the development of the outdoor community life, as an offset and relief from the various shackles of commercial civilization, be practicable and worth while?”

Conclusions from Trail Experiences:

Clean Air (Trees and plants make Oxygen and filter out pollution)

Deep Thoughts from an Environmental and Agricultural Perspective

Naturalist Observations for the sake of Science and Resource Conservation

MacKaye’s proposal was an American Post-WWI social, political, planning, and development agenda of the first order. As all good utopian plans it is both philosophical and pragmatic. With the help of Avery and Whitaker the Appalachian Trail was completed in 1937.

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Buckminster Fuller

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Richard B. Fuller Jr. “Bucky”  1895-1983

Design Scientist Inventor / Comprehensive Polymath Thinker

American inventor, machinist, mechanic, laborer, WW1 Navy soldier, industrial manager, scientist, engineer, architect, designer, author, teacher, professor, and genius

Tensegrity, Geodesic domes, Spaceship Earth, Ephemeralization, Synergy, Alternative, Vehicles, Fullerenes, Bucky balls, Tetrahedral Molecular Geometry, Drop City

“I was brought up under an incredible amount of misinformation” – B.F.

Bucky was born in Milton Massachusetts in 1895. He was the grandson of a Unitarian minister (Arthur Buckminster Fuller), and the grandnephew of American Transcendentalist (Margaret Fuller). Like Frank Lloyd Wright, Bucky had a Froebel Preschool-Kindergarten education. As a child, Bucky spent many years on the coast of Maine. He had trouble with abstract geometry at first, oddly, but he already loved inventing tools and contraptions. He became a certified machinist, attended Milton Academy, and later studied at Harvard. He was expelled twice from Harvard; once for partying with a vaudeville troupe, and then for “irresponsibility and lack of interest”.

Bucky realized he was a non-conformist misfit that did not fit the habitation of Harvard Fraternity life. Years later he did eventually get a Science Degree from Bates College in Maine. He worked for the meat-packing industry, and served during WW1 in the Navy. He married Anne Hewlett in 1917. In 1920 Bucky and Anne’s father developed the “Stockade Building System” Company to produce portable, sanitary, weatherproof, fireproof, affordable housing.

His SBS Company did not even make it to the Great Depression. Bucky was bankrupt and unemployed by 1922. While living at public low-income housing in Chicago, Illinois, his 2-year-old daughter Alexandra died from polio and spinal meningitis complications. Allegedly, he felt responsible and this caused him to drink frequently and to contemplate suicide for a while. He finally chose to embark on “an experiment, to find what a single individual [could] contribute to changing the world and benefiting all humanity.”

By 1928 Bucky created a social relationship with a café in Greenwich Village where he could informally lecture, exhibit, and get meals in exchange for interior decorating. It was there he met Isamu Noguchi in 1929. They worked on the Dymaxion Car and began their lifelong friendship and partnership.

In the 1930’s Bucky developed the Dymaxion Car and the Dymaxion House. During WW2 he was head mechanical engineer of the US Board of Economic Warfare.

In the 1940’s Buckminster lectured at Bennington College in Vermont, and taught at the Black Mountain College, North Carolina. He began reinventing Dr. Bauersfeld’s (1926) German geodesic dome, getting US patents, and made it more popular. In 1949 Bucky built his first geodesic dome (icosahedron). The US Army employed his firm Geodesics Inc. to make them domes.

By the 1950’s there were thousands of geodesic domes around the World. In 1955 Bucky met a new partner, James Fitzgibbon.

In the 1960’s Bucky taught at Southern Illinois University. During a meeting of the International Union of Architects in Paris, Bucky initiated a “World Design Science Decade (65-75)” to apply the principles of science to solve human problems. During this time Bucky advocated alternative renewable energy sources, and a global awakening awareness of Synergy on Spaceship Earth that makes corrupt politics obsolete.

At the Symposium on the Science of Creative Intelligence in Amherst, MA 1971; Buckminster Fuller and Maharishi Mahesh Yogi spoke at a Press Conference together. Bucky criticized previous utopian schemes as too exclusive, and thought this was a major source of their failure. To work, he thought that a utopia needs to include everyone.

As a Unitarian philosopher and scientific environmentalist, Bucky developed a term to protect our resources called Ephemeralization which meant “doing more with less”. Also combining Unitarian philosophy with science, engineering, and architecture he gave us the term Synergy. Synergetics uses physics and geometry to describe parts of a system in relation to the whole, how they change and work together. Bucky was driven by concern for human sustainability, yet he remained optimistic despite the conventional realities and set-backs during his lifetime.

Honors and Awards

28 US patents

Several Honorary Degrees

1960 awarded F.P. Brown Medal from Franklin Institute

1968 named a Fellow of American Academy of Arts & Sciences

1969 named “Humanist of the Year” by American Humanist Association

1970 Gold Medal from AIA

1983 Freedom Medal from President Ronald Reagan

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“I am not trying to imitate Nature, but to understand her.”

“We have to respond to what the environment is doing.” – B.F.

“Selfishness is unnecessary and hence-forth unrationalizable…. War is obsolete.”

“The Big Show, Everything, is God to me.”

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SCOD Books

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SCOD Thesis Books

S.C.O.D. 2000: Architecture Thesis

SCOD 2000: Architecture Thesis (Kindle Version)

SCOD 2000: Alternative Introduction (Abridged Nook Version)

SCOD 2010: Thesis Text

SCOD 2015:  Thesis Text (Progress without images)

SCOD Thesis 2000: Organic Community Dwelling (v15)

SCOD 2020:  Fallout (Novel)

SCOD Ecovillage  /  SCOD Land  /  SCOD World

SCOD BOG Peeps:  Beautiful Organic Garden People

Beautiful Organic Garden People:  BOG Peeps 2

Ten Conscientious Objections to War

Grass Root Words  (Annual SCODzine)
V1;   V2;   V3;   V4; ….

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SCOD logo

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S.C.O.D.s

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Drogo, Cordite, and Simake dreamt up the origins of the original SCOD in 1994. Drogo Empedocles decided that the Pipedream Pub needed a larger name that embraced more of the architectural and landscape ideas in the 1999 Thesis, so he came up with the title “SCOD: Sustainable Community for Organic Dwelling”. That title included the organic farm and communal dwellings, but Walton Stowell II evolved it into “SCOD: Sustainable Cooperative for Organic Development” which included other alternative projects beyond the Thesis site. The original SCOD lives on as the transcendental heart of all SCODs; past, present, future, and in alternative dimensions and dreams.

There are many S.C.O.D. clones and fakes. Dont be fooled by other SCODs: Sub-committee on Cultural Overlay District, South Coast Oregon Directory, scientific conquest of death, Slight Case of Death, Spinning Circle of Doom, Super-Charged Over-Drive, Scod of Tripod, Sketchy Creepy Old Dude, Skip SCOD, Server Cluster Oracle Dynamic, South Carolina District Optimist International, or the Scottish Council on Deafness. Most of them were created after 2000 (when the SCOD Thesis was published at SCAD in GA). One of the newer ones is ” Strategy, Change & Organisation Development”. While this latest one is only a for-profit seminar, their noble intent is “to connect you to the resources you require to mobilise you in achieving your vision(s)”. At least their mission statement reflects an aspect of the real SCOD, while none of the clones to date are as universal or holistically comprehensive. Why is that? Probably because the original SCOD was designed to encompass and adapt all modes of thought that the clients, workers, and designers bring to it.  Blessed be SCOD.

SCOD Design Theory Themes

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SCOD Architectural Thesis Theory Themes

(1)  Ethics & Environmentalism

(2)  Philosophy  &  Psychology

(3) Aesthetics & Linguistics

(4) History & Politics

(5) Spirituality

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SCOD Theory Theme CONCLUSIONS

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“Nothing works as it should.”

– Harpers Ferry Mayor Addy

(4) History & Politics

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Introduction to SCOD History & Politics

 

The History of the World is important because it helps us to know our place within it. We design and build architecture to shelter ourselves and future generations, so we must plan accordingly. Although we cannot know the future for certain, we can learn from History and see patterns of floods, famines, droughts, plagues, earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, wars, and revolutions. We can use this knowledge to be wiser in our decisions about where to build, when to build, and how to build. We can only hope that some of this wisdom is used in politics, but history has shown we can be doubtful of that.

The Ancient World had two Empires that our Modern Empire is based on; The Greek and Roman Empires. Both of these Empires achieved more than any on record before, and both of course fell after a few hundred years to barbarians and political strife from within. There were many people living within those Empires that believed their Empire would never fall, but fall they did.

Modern History teaches us that Corporate Industries are like Kingdoms that fund our Empire. They lobby our Representative Politicians with money, and so they cannot be replaced by informed democracy, because in a Commercial Capitalist system, money is power. This Oligarchy promotes fear, greed, and entrenched corruption. If Big Business is the basis of our new Empire, we should not submit to them entirely, for they will fall as History has shown us. The will of the people is subjective to propaganda, to their advantage or against it. Currently the dominant Commercial Propaganda is against the good of individual rights and liberties. We should design to retain some of our independence, so that when the time comes, if it comes within our life-time, we better prepared for the collapse of the system.

SCOD Thesis: History & Politics (general and modern movements) Audio Recording

SCOD Great Debate ShowTotalitarianism Vs. Humanitarianism part 1

SNU – Peace Vs. WarMilitary Spending Interview

SCOD Hypno-HistoryAncient Classical Philosophy

Two SCOD Constitutions

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