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Sharing Success

Posted in Cooperative collaboration, Crafts, Creativity / Imagination, Critical Commentary of Civilization, Ethics & Morals, jobs, Organic Development, relationships, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 21, 2020 by Drogo

SCOD Sharing Culture and Brand Theory

Simply put, most of us cannot depend on financial success anymore, in an economy that is rigged against us more the harder we try. Also sometimes no matter how hard we try at things, we do not always get as good as others; but it is important to do what matters the most to us, even if we are disabled or never the ‘best’. Any success of my work is measured by who shares in the joy with me, because they understand the merits of doing what you love with friends by sharing, not trying to exclude by maximizing solitary ‘ownership’ profit at the cost of others. Those who like me for what I do and who I am will know that any concept of ‘brand’ that I have for myself is dedicated to changing the fake world of corporate representation into real organic cooperative democratic partnerships. I have been repulsed by the term ‘brand’ due to the painfully loaded corporate associations and assumptions that people will ‘buy into brands’ even when the corporate brand only considers them a consumer fan, and not a partner. It is possible that popular ‘brand’ ideology can be reclaimed from being like a cattle logo that is stamped on us, to something that we stitch into our own shared creations.

Organic cooperation is how we filmed our collective movies, how I do collaborative compositions and jam music, and how I produce art and books with other possessive egos involved. Those that want to do their own thing in order to always dominate attention, and have exclusive rights and profit just for their selfish inner circle are not part of what I define as being ‘worthy’ anymore. In previous decades I accepted that people felt forced to be greedy due to the rules; but I have been a part of sharing culture enough now to know that a viable alternative exists to the main-stream. Sure we cannot all get along all the time, and there will be some that we try to avoid; but as population increases compromises and truces built on love become more important to avoid hate and murder. We are all in this metaphysical mess together, whether you play with or against others is a personal choice. We all want to be left alone sometimes down by the creek; there will always be things we do not want to share all the time or in all ways, but relations dominate most of our lives and our proportion of sharing (willing or unwilling) increases with population density. 

One of the most important reasons for increased sharing at the highest levels has to do with top secret ‘national security’ issues that are defended by saying that there are no limits of the tyranny of power when it comes to perpetuating war and terror in the name of defense profit. The military industrial complex used our money and resources to wage war and destroy our global environment. Those in power who do not want to share have done terrible things that they have gotten away with, but it is very important to have more citizen journalists and non-fiction authors strive to share important facts that most of us would never know about.

In conclusion, ‘branding’ has the duality problem of “selling yourself”; selling out your integrity with an artificial facade vs marketing who you ‘really’ are. The more commercial a person is, the harder it is to distinguish the two, because they appear to be a ‘professional product’, not a real human. Most of us can be very competitive for survival, but collaboration is better than competition for sustaining happiness in any community.

Pokeberry Plant

Posted in Crafts, Food & Drink, Nature Studies, Organic Gardens, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 20, 2019 by Drogo

Pokeberry plant leaves are edible when young, but most toxic when mature (like rhubarb). Many people are allergic to the toxins so all parts of the plant are poisonous to them. The roots are the most toxic. The leaves are edible when young after being boiled 3x in water changes, or for those of us not allergic to poke frying in oil or butter is fine. Documented cases are common for people allergic to poke, but there are people like me who have been around poke their whole lives, handled the plants often, and squished the berries for stain and ink without any problems beyond our skin getting stained crimson for a day or two. I have heard of someone getting a skin rash from poke (like poison ivy), as they are allergic to touching it; but I am not. My mother had us paint and print with poke berry ink on water-color paper as children, with no problems.

Poke berries are not edible, but when used with vinegar and salt (and other blends) can make ink for writing pens and printing on paper. Pokeberry ink is not archival because it fades over time on paper, even when not exposed to sunlight everyday. However pokeberry ink is a interesting local organic native alternative to industrial toxic inks, but modern use is still experimental although the chemicals in it are known. In gardens they are beautiful in full maturity, with their ornate ‘goblin’ fruits.

“Indians and early settlers used the root in poultices and certain drugs for skin diseases and rheumatism.” – Michael Owen, ISU

The late 19th century herbal, the ‘King’s American Dispensatory’, describes various folk medical uses that led individuals to ingest pokeberry products. Modern commercial medical companies (big pharma) snubs remedies that are found commonly, for obvious pharmaceutical sales reasons, and so serious testing might be hard to study at length with funding for the purposes of common good, for free but cautious home use.

CAUTION:  Many people are allergic to poke toxins, so limit your exposure to the plant to reduce possible effects. There are many medical claims that eating poke roots, berries, or anything from the adult plant can kill in sufficient quantities.

Other articles: ‘Making Pokeweed Ink‘; ‘Pokeberry Ink‘;

For safer printing for all people, perhaps black-berries or mul-berries or huckle-berries are better? For long-term organic industrial printing, using a weed like poke which is not used for human food would make more sense for sustainability though. [Link Process for making any type of berry ink]

[photo from Wikipedia]

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Organic Education

Posted in Critical Commentary of Civilization, Education / Schools, SCOD Online School, Services, Sales or Trade, Sustainability with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 3, 2014 by Drogo

Independent Scholar Vouchers

Hear me all those with a college diploma, ye who think thou art superior to those without a college diploma.

Hear me all those without a college diploma, who think that bosses will only realize your worth if you get a college diploma.

I have a Masters Degree in Architecture from Savannah College of Art & Design. Yes I think I earned it. Yes I am proud of it. Yes the paper diploma, the school documents, and the thousands of dollars of loans do not mean that I am smarter, more intelligent, or wiser than if I had been taught many of the same things by other means.

Sure I value many of my college experiences. Yes I retain much of the knowledge I received from the 6 years. Yes I value the friends and teachers I had. Yes many of classes I took were of little value after I graduated for the types of jobs that I had. Yes many of the classes I took are largely obsolete in my life today, because of who I am. Who I am includes life changes, life choices, phases of various interests, and realizing how I want to define myself as an adult. When I was in college I was a teenager, becoming the adult I thought I wanted to be; which was in contrast to becoming the adult I thought was expected to be by other adults. Now I am a grey-haired adult, becoming the adult I think I now want to be; which is not entirely the same adult that I became previously.

Now, let us talk about self-education, independent tutoring, and community learning. Self-education can be reading a book, talking to someone, or learning that a person experiences or realizes during or after a variety of hobbies, social events, or work periods. Independent tutoring means self-education by means of personal tutors, or Master-Apprentice relationships. Community learning means groups of individuals learning from mutual shared experiences and interactions; this can include civic or work place social works. I believe these are all part of mainstream public and private education through schooling; but they are also important alternatives to mainstream schooling.

I personally have always learned best by studying subjects by my own standards, and on my own time schedule. I have always loved learning in general; but just as I prefer good teachers, nice bosses, and generous loved ones; I also prefer learning in fun and free ways best. So why do we have standard schooling, besides the fact that it is a tradition? My answer is that the bell system of classes is based on factory efficiency, and not on organic quality education. Organic quality education can occur through self-education, tutoring, and community learning by themselves; without factory standard schools.

I do think if the only type of education for the masses that the government will fund is standard public schooling, than it is good that at least one type of education is provided for by our tax money. I would rather organic personal learning be funded by our government at whatever scale, but what we have is probably better than nothing. One alternative cultural situation could be that organic education be so popular and mainstream that no taxes at all would need to be collected for education of any kind, because people would want to spend all of their money on education as soon as they earn it; as though it were a commercial or drug trend like sports, cars, or alcohol.

I propose a theory of organic education using the 3 organic methods as previously stated; that would be verified by an Independent Scholar Voucher (ISV) system. I, as an independent scholar, can vouch for another independent scholar that I have witnessed, taught, or worked with enough to defend their claim of educational learning to a certain ‘degree’. In this way I am willing to defend such Voucher titles, to the point of publicly challenging any opposition to the claim. Do you know of any public or private institution that would be willing to wrestle or fight a person that did not value your educational ‘degree’ that you earned from them? Fuck no. Would I fight for your right to express your personal organic education, if I could vouch for it with confidence? Fuck yes!

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Drogo’s Chili Soup

Posted in Food & Drink with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on December 20, 2013 by Drogo

Drogo’s Chili for a Large Pot:

3 cans of beans, 1 can tomato sauce or diced tomatoes, 1 soup spoon of Garlic, 1 soup spoon of Chili powder, 1 soup spoon of veggie oil, 1 soup spoon of Oregano or other herb, and a bit of beer.

No straining, no worries. All organic of course. Simple because it is mostly beans, tomatoes, and spices.  Cook to boil, then simmer 20 minutes.

BOG Peeps

Posted in Environmentalism, Organic Agriculture & Horticulture, Organic Architecture, Organic Development, Organic Gardens, Pagan, Psychology, Sustainability with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 31, 2013 by Drogo

Beautiful Organic Garden People

This art series advocates Organic Agriculture (Gardening / Farming / Foraging), Permaculture, and Sustainable Architecture. A series of ‘beautiful’ images of humans and animals, males and females, working or meditating or playing in the garden, farm field, barn, orchard, or wilderness…. poses not bound to traditional commercial or pinup surface objectification… in favor of equal-rights showing strength, intelligence, and skill. One idea being that people will see attractive or cute people and other sentient beings gardening, and more and more people will want to garden and feel or look like them; and by relating to them, they will want to garden; and vice versa. Based on “Organic Pinup Girls” project, expanded.

Plant Weed*

Pocahantas*

Mattock Hoes*

SCOD Hoveland*

flower cutngather*

women-planting-tree-outdoor*

Apollo on Apollo*

angel pixie apples*

Adevik*

Celtic Couple 2*

Grow Together*

Vegirl_1*

Cheri Tyvm*

Keith psyche

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* BOG PEEP Book – for sale on Amazon

Journalist Laura Flanders about SCOD Bog Peeps – “If I had to pick an avatar from those cool Organic gardeners, I’d go for the green haired woman with the shoulder tattoo and the shovel. Funnily enough, I just walked inside after a morning spent wielding a machete in an overgrown garden.” – in an email to Drogo 8/2/2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Musician Austin Litz

Posted in Arts (Design & Performance), Interviews, Music Reviews, Organic Development, POB Audio, Spiritual with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 17, 2013 by Drogo

Local area musician Austin Litz is from Gaithersburg, MD; but actively plays and tours with many other musicians from Frederick, Baltimore, and DC. He plays a multitude of instruments, including keyboard, saxophone, his own voice and digital equipment.

“Balance is the key to the cosmic dance of vibrational intentions. ϕ . In music, balance can be measured with tangible, quantitative evidence (volume, tonality). In life, and in music, balance is also subjective matter. Thats where listening to your mind body and soul comes in. All three voices (mind,body,soul) function like a chord and must be tuned accordingly to resonate with the highest purity and beauty (whats beauty? a question for another day I suppose). When observing the majority of the American people, I do not hear a beautiful chord. The body and soul are hard to tamper with directly but can be de-tunned threw manipulation of the mind. Thats where we come in, to send a message of opening your mind. Your body and soul will soon follow. Organizations like Monsanto and Exon exist due to an abundance of ignorant contentment. Commodified love. Tune yourself into a technicolor chord, try 528Hz! In the Spring I personally can’t wait to plant a dank Garden in the backyard of the Litz house, ride my bike everywhere I can, and learn as much as possible with an unbiased, open mind.”

–  Austin Litz

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Free Your Mint, Let It Go Wild!!!

Posted in Organic Gardens with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on April 19, 2012 by Drogo

I suppose it is fair warning to tell people that Mints tend to want to take over a garden, just in case they do not want that. I however, am perfectly happy with my 7 types of mint taking over the whole lawn if they want; and they are welcome to leave my property and go visit other places if they so choose. Sure you can try to wall it in, or keep it in a pot, but I say let it go! Stop trying to control mint, when it is such a perfect plant, much better than lawn grass (or crab-grass). In fact it is my favorite type of plant because it is so independent, and edible, and gives us nice flowers to share with the bees and butterflies.

In the photos you can see how mint looks when it is given the freedom to explore a garden. The photo is taken after years of trying to control the mints. The year before the photos were taken, the entire garden was stacked with wood and burned in a bonfire. The mint regrew from their own roots. Years after the photos, trucks and bulldozers drove over the site crushing everything. However the mint is back…on its own!

You can clear areas of the mint to temporarily grow other things, like vegetables (see photos for a center crop of squash), and then when the veggies are done, the mint will close the gap again as only the strongest weeds can. Why fight such a beneficial and pleasant herb? I say, let the mint grow!!! Peppermint, Spearmint, Lemonbalm, Beebalm, and even the mighty Applemint. Let it grow, let it grow, let it grow. Go “mintal” and get “balmy”.

(photos taken at Odd Fellow Lodge Garden in Harpers Ferry, WV)

 

Velvet-leaf Indian-mallow Weed

Posted in Organic Gardens with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 15, 2012 by Drogo

Name:  Velvet-leaf, Abutilon theophrasti Medic.

Other Names:  Elephant ear, Indian-mallow, Butter-print, Abuliton, Pir-marker, abutilon feuille de velours

Family: Mallow Family (Malvaceae)

General Description: Annual, reproducing only by seed. Resembles a small Sunflower plant, with very similar fury serrated leaves, but distinguished by  tiny yellow flowers and rotund seedpods. This weed is targeted by industrial farmers for annihilation. It usually grows less than 3 feet tall in gardens, but on farms has been know to grow over 6 feet tall.

Uses:  Cord can be made from dried stem fibers

 

(Large indian mallow-weed growing among corn in a farm field)

 

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Organic Agriculture Pin-Up Girls

Posted in Arts (Design & Performance), Cooperatives / Communities / Networks / Travels, Environmentalism, Organic Gardens, Pagan with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 24, 2012 by Drogo

Main-stream America should be more aware of just how sexy organic farming and gardening can be! The fossil-fuel industry has had the market for pin-up girls for far too long, so now it is time to advertise for alternative and renewable livelihoods.

This is a neo-pagan attempt to advocate organic gardening / farming. A series of sexy modern-feminist styles related to paper-doll, cut-and-paste, cartoon tracery of women. Working in the garden or farm field or orchard…. poses not bound to traditional pinup surface objectification… in favor of equal-rights showing strength, intelligence and skill. One idea being that people will see sexy women gardening, and want to garden and look like them; and by looking like them, they will want to garden; and vice-versa.

This is the first collection of “Organic Farm and Garden Women”, and more will be added as the art is created, expressed, and captured.

This tryptic scene is collage from Knight’s paintings and other random models.

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Girl with fruit on stone steps

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Gathering wild plants

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Two women planting a Tree with a shovel

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Four women working the soil in a garden, and composting dead-fall

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*  Sun Goddess

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Girl gardening with a hoe

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Girl watering a garden using rain-water cistern pump-hose

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Pixie Harvesting Goblin Fruit from a Tree

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Girls planting plants

Plant Weed

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Girl gardening with a rake

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Girl with Basket of Veggies

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Organic Sources for Clothing Material

Posted in Nature Studies, Sustainability with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 22, 2011 by Drogo

Plants Used for Clothing Material

1. Flax known by the ancients as Linum (thus linseed oil & linen textiles)

2. Cotton

3. Hemp

Animals Used for Clothing Material

1.  Sheep for Wool

2. Skins of Animals for Leather

3. Silk Worms for Silk

S.C.O.D.s

Posted in Cooperatives / Communities / Networks / Travels, SCOD Thesis with tags , , , , , , , on April 14, 2011 by Drogo

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.

List of Edible Berries

Posted in Nature Studies, Organic Gardens with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 19, 2011 by Drogo

Wild Berries

List for The Great Plains & East-Coast America

(eat with caution)

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Blue-berry Bush

Mul-berry Tree

Black-berry Bush

Rasp-berry Bush  (Wineberry)

Straw-berry Patch

Snake-berry Patch

Cran-berry Bog  (New England)

Mayapple-berry (American Mandrake)

Nanny-berry

Ground Cherry Plant (Chinese Lantern, Wild Tomato)

Elder-berry Bush

Wild Grape Vine

Bear-berry Shrub

Rosehip-berry plant

Sea Buckthorn plant

Thimble-berry Bush

Goose-berry Bush

Fig Bush

Hack-berry Tree

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Nannyberry

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Ground Cherry (Wild Tomato in Chinese Lantern Husk)

Garden Plants

Posted in Organic Gardens with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 8, 2011 by Drogo

Garden Plants

6 types: Flowers, Leafy Plants, Herbs, Vegetables, Fruits, Berries

Gardens can be made of many things. There are rock gardens, sculpture gardens, vegetable gardens, herb gardens, and flower gardens to name a few types. They can also range in size from a small patch to almost farm field size. Also the variety of combinations is endless.

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FLOWERS

Wild Flowers

Violets, Blue Chicory, Tansy, Dandelions

Dandelions….thats a big one for me, its so insane how people are brainwashed to hate them and seek to poison and kill all of them, like clovers, violets, wild spinaches etc etc; also the complexity of biodiversity studies to me is more important than how “neat and clean” the garden looks. To me the species of plants, their relationships with themselves, bugs, animals, and how self sustaining they are is much more important to me than conventional aesthetics. How we are taught to look at an “unweeded” garden in disgust, and say it needs work, even though while looking more natural, the weeding is done subtly and selectively for maximum efficiency of time and effort and to make it look less manicured and more independent.

Bees

Pollination

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LEAFY PLANTS (Green and Ornamental types)

grasses, weeds, bushes, dwarf trees, hostas, ferns, hemp

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HERBS

10 most common herbs:

mints, oregano,  frankincense, myrrh, lavender,  parsley, sage, rosemary, thyme, basil

other herbs (some are also considered flowers, spices or vegetables):

anise, artemisia, angelica, bay laurel, borage, burnet,   calendula, caraway, chamomile, chervil, chives, clove tree, coriander, cilantro, cinnamon, dill, ferns, fennel, feverfew, garlic, geranium, germander, hesperis, horehound, hyssop, lovage, licorice, lamb’s ear, mullein, marjoram, marijuana, nasturtium, nutmeg, perilla, santolina, sorrl, spices, pepper (black), rue, savory, tansy, tarragon, valerian, verbena, queen anne’s lace, woodruff, wormwood, yarrow

 

Peppermint

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VEGETABLES

Beans, potatoes, carrots, beets, squash, (to be continued…)

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FRUIT

Apples, Pears, Melons, Cherries, Plums, Pawpaw, Figs, Tropical fruits (not for outdoor areas that get snow)

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BERRIES (edible)

Raspberries, snake berries, strawberries, blackberries, mulberries, blueberries,

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*** THIS ARTICLE IS STILL UNDER CONSTRUCTION ***

2011 January SCOD Notes

Posted in Alternative Architecture, Critical Commentary of Civilization, SCOD Thesis with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 6, 2011 by Drogo

January was the biggest month to date for SCOD Blog, with over 22,000 views just for that month (most months are much less).

“It is never too late to make ourselves better as individuals in response to problems we see, so long as we can.”

“In relation to Corporate Corruption and Politics of Pollution; i still think there are some that whether ‘responsible’ or irresponsible deserve blame and punishment, as long as there are crimes. Even if heaven is here and now by our making, remember free will according to Christianity will always allow for devils to wage war. Peace is good, but as a pagan i will always believe in self defense, and tough love for those not interested in harmony.”

“Some projects are more “sustainable” than others in various ways. One enduring factor about SCOD perhaps, is that my designs for it remain largely un-built, and therefore require much less maintenance and financing so long as they do remain hypothetical!!! I suppose it is similar to philosophies in that any incarnation of them will not be utopian for the mere fact that they are physical manifestations of the theoretical ideals; and most would agree with Plato on the difference between the physical world, and the archetypal.”

“Building is fun, and i do that as well as drawings and models. But as an architect i rarely have found more satisfaction with the process of getting things built, than i have just by myself dreaming of things. Although i must say that SCOD was based on the idea of simple and small, or at least to the scale of a few individuals being able to make shelter within a few years time without unbearble loans needed. The satisfaction from building comes mostly now on my own property, but mostly repair work (old house and gardens). I have always preferred building small things anyway, as im almost hobbit size to begin with. Hypothetical “pretty pictures” may not be enough compared to real shelter, but dreams may be better than half finished buildings that get abandoned or torn down. Bigger disappointments are felt when built structures and practiced ideas are deemed “failures”. Either way, i have tried to get them built, and could go on for hours about the efforts, and paradoxes of our current economic and political system. However i have not stopped dreaming, studying, and planning.”

“Also SCOD has fictional elements that come with designs no matter how mundane, a symbolism like the Lord of the Rings, that should never or can never be brought forth fully. But the other world of ideas is no less real, and both worlds play off of one another. There are many things built and to be built that will have some relation to SCOD.”

– Drogo about SCOD

SCOD Thesis References

Posted in Cooperatives / Communities / Networks / Travels, SCOD Thesis with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 4, 2011 by Drogo


 

Primary Case Studies

 

1. Landscape Design by Thomas Jefferson

2. Garden Cities by Ebenezer Howard

3. Organic Design by Frank Lloyd Wright

4. Arcosanti & Cosanti by Paolo Solari

5. Claymont Community by Bennett

6. Stowell Galleries in Harpers Ferry, WV

7. Odd Fellows Lodge in Harpers Ferry, WV

8. Pendragon Bed & Breakfast in Virginia

9. Forest Hostel near Savannah, Georgia

10.  Alternative Architecture

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SCOD Case Study Image Galleries