Sunday, January 2, 2011

Totally Rad

I am in love with this project.  I don't even know how long it's been going on; I've been watching it on and off for a couple of years.  It's unbelievable how far they've come in the last few years.  It was on my radar last week because they're looking for votes to come to the Maker Faire.

From their blog, Factor e Farm this is their mission:
“We are farmer scientists – working to develop a world class research center for decentralization technologies using open source permaculture and technology to work together for providing basic needs and self replicating the entire operation at the cost of scrap metal.”

Global Village Construction Set in 2 Minutes from Marcin Jakubowski on Vimeo.

They are basically designing and building a set of machines and methods that are open source, which means the plans are free for all,  called the Global Village Construction Set.  You should check out the videos and the wiki for their group, because it's hard to even fathom what they are doing (it's so AMBITIOUS).  Essentially, the set is just about everything you would need to build a community, from the house you live in to the food you eat, from scratch

On the wiki page, you can see another 2 minute video of progress with the Construction Set, including the compressed earth building blocks.  If you scroll down to the bottom of the page, you can see the "packages" they're open sourcing.  I mean, really, it's just too much!  You can get an operational saw mill going using scrap metal and their free plans.  Plus, it's all highly efficient and sustainable.  Imagine! 

What a beautiful world.  *swoon*

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