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Integral Urban Ecovillage Challenge

Country or Countries Where Challenge Takes Place: 

The challenge is to create a network of Integral Urban Ecovillages in the St. Louis Missouri region, as a model for emergency preparedness, distributed renewable power, food and water production, that is grid positive, more as an exporter of goods and services, including capturing and treating precipitation that falls on the site and treating greywater, vegetative waste and sewage for nutrient energy and water recapture and reuse.

Commodity: 
Water, rivers, caves, trails, people, parks, gardens, mineral springs, water, food, old buildings
Custom & Culture: 
Pride in neighborhood, importance of family, symphony, students earning service hours, schools, universities, art galleries
Knowledge: 
Future residents, universities, schools, engineering professors, climate scientists, school of nutrition, Capstone projects, storytellers, gardeners, Botanical Garden
Money: 
Contract with Commerce Bank for tax credits, sub-local currency, equity, unit reservations
Technology: 
Tools, equipment and materials for SCIPs manufacturing and gardening, Integral Urban Ecovillage, You and I technology, cohousing and ecovillage methodology, cost savings synergies among businesses healing arts, transformational training
Well-Being: 
Community focus, health care facilities, alternative health practitioners, dance, gardens, relationships

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Woodfired Kiln - Alternative to Electricity

Associated Challenge: 

According to regional expert, kilns can be built into hillsides.  These kilns must be lined with fire bricks, i.e. bricks that can withstand temperatures over 2376F.  These kilns can reach this temperature being fired with wood and hold thermal mass for 4-5 days.  This style is popular in Korea, Japan and China.  Here are some local example links.  This post will be enhanced upon further research. 

Commodity: 
Firebrick (brick that can withstand high temperature), hillsides, wood
Custom & Culture: 
Use of natural materials vs. electricity
Knowledge: 
Building the fire appropriately
Money: 
market price of firebrick
Technology: 
structuring the kiln and brick configuration
Well-being: 
Use land and natural resources for fired outcomes, clay, glass, etc.

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Slumping whole bottles into glass tiles

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Commodity: 
Glass, clay, dirt
Technology: 
strong glass embedded with clay

Melting whole bottles into chicken wire

Associated Challenge: 

Here are images from recent testing using whole bottles with embedded metal wire. The thought is to have a more simplified construction unit that would be attached to the structure using steel or copper wire or mesh. The technique would use less energy since it's a lower melting temperature to just collapse (slump) the bottle. The bottles could then function as tiles or perhaps slumped into a hemi-cylinder shape aka italian roofing tiles.

Commodity: 
Glass, Chicken Wire
Knowledge: 
Metal disintegrates in the process and becomes weak
Technology: 
Glass stabilization technology
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