Beyond the Petroleum Era

ORGANIZATION NAME:Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems

LOCATION: Austin, Texas, USA

SUMMARY: "The Galveston project explores conversion of oil rigs to repair coastal regions in two phases. Proto-One establishes community support with a sophisticated housing system utilizing hurricane waste. Proto-Two, a parallel protoCooperative initiative, uses a mineral extraction process to transform the oil and water-purification industries through the use of waste brine as a mineral source for a wide variety of uses. Carbon balancing of materials results in the extraction of magnesium oxide (MgO), which is transformed into an elegant cementatious building system by reparatively closing loops in a flexible eco-industrial process that creates jobs.
Completed tasks include: 1) International code compliance (i.e. structural, fire, insulation); 2) NGO-stabilized land subdivided into protoSpaces typical of Texas; 3) protoPartner identification (university, industry, foundation) and agreements for funding commitments;
4) Physical protoSite identification and protoType design schematic. Pending tasks in-progress include engineering of waste-based protoType, while protoSite model construction is scheduled for January, 2009, in Austin, Texas.
Year One includes re-assessing community resources for reparative housing and protoTyping in neutral space (NGO partnering with universities) that provides freedom from policies, codes, etc.; linkage to global information-flow; and open access.
Year Two (protoOne) includes community protoTyping, implementation of reparative systemically adaptive housing, and proposals to build the neighborhood.
Year Three (protoTwo) integrates housing technologies with coastal regenerative systems, harvesting MgO from regional sources (oil rig brine pools, salt mines, reverse-osmosis seawater desalination, accretion from seawater, water treatment plants). This system replaces woodchip monocoque core with MgO foams and sulphur cement with MgO shell fiber cement.

PROBLEM SPACE: "The oceans of the world are our ubiquitous material and nutrient sinks. The adjacent coastal zone (62.5 miles inland) affects 39% of the global population. Ecological principles tell us that any edge--especially that between land and sea--holds immense potential for regeneration of many species, including our own. However if handled improperly, the conditions on these edges could result in major systems collapse. This proposal not only offers a globally significant procedure to repair and reverse present trends through adroit nutrient cycle transformation, but has implications for many offshore and land-extractive technologies especially associated with the oil industry. We propose a vast remineralization process based on best practices resulting in a range of material resources (i.e. carbon balanced MgO cements; essential nutrient and trace elements for long-term food; and fuel and materials production). Benefits include:
1) a re-establishment of coral reefs and revitalization of the fishing industry and 2) a transformation of oil platforms into significant renewable energy sources (wind, wave, geothermal) with the capacity to intermittently function as nutrient re-sourcing bases from the sea and/or deeper geological sources.

Our strategy is a protoMetric basis for understanding trends and connecting users to coupled problem/solution sets (grey world/green world) in similar nature-based patterns and bringing researchers together with grassroots practitioners. ProtoScope (like Fuller’s geoscope) procedures establish protoCodes solution sets with global-local teams in a place-based, neutral social space for solving common problems. The approach requires a peer worknet well rooted in chemical-, geological- and agro-sciences. A combination of 10 universities and one million NGOs are our human resource base to help minimize oversimplification of fundamental geo-chemical cycles. We “crowd source” the many ecological human/economic implications using protoCooperative procedures.

The physical proposal is client based (City of Galveston, Texas) and uses sound ecological systems comprising:
a) ecobalance planning (air, water, food, energy, materials);
b) protoCooperation; and
c) regenerative transformation.

ProtoCooperative-1 (Proto-One) and ProtoCooperative-2 (Proto-Two) sequencing builds community confidence by utilizing the vast waste resources from hurricane disaster in a manner that mimics the real future--a regenerative transformation of our relationship with nature using a balanced human-to-sea nutrient cycle.


Comprehensive: Combines global peer-acceptance-based procedure with hands-on learning, applying systemic topology to everyday needs. Facilitates dynamic entrance into emerging trends in whole-systems manner.
Anticipatory: Extreme materials regeneration and extreme carbon-balancing using eco-systemics (e.g. bio-char soil replenishment as carbon-balanced cement fuel), and regenerative sourcing-resourcing anticipates partnering with nature’s regenerative systems. Identifies potential for new materials and technologies.
Ecologically Responsible: Approach facilitates shift from consumptive-destructive resource use to integration with nature’s regenerative systems.
Feasibility: Reparative phase (Proto-1) established by current technologies. Regenerative phase (Proto-2) innovatively applies technologies based on renewable-energy-derived materials.
Verifiable: ICC approval of basic technology completed. SETAC environmental chemistry approval (seawater mineral balance) sought. Solutions will be verified by people-use, manufacturing, and long-term university environmental monitoring-assessment of resource balance.
Replicable: Solution replicability for 39% of global people living within coastal regions; process replicability for other coastal regions.
Trim Tab: Remineralizing coastal regions using a protoCooperation as regenerative transformation."

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