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Green Hamlets - Integrated

This picture shows an "Integrated Green Hamlet"

(in the top right, bounded by a yellow line).

The first thing you will notice about our "Green Hamlets - Integrated" is that they don't look like our "Green Hamlets - Independent" much at all. This is because I am hoping that our recycling capabilities will now have progressed a little. And this means we now might be able to recycle some of our water vapour, which currently goes up into the atmoshere and is lost. So the agricultural areas in these communities are now all closed in by glass. This is indicated by the little white crosses you can see on the following pictures (- but you need to look very closely).

            But I have to admit recycling water vapour is not easy at all. The area below the glass tends to over-heat. Also the air becomes too humid - so it is hard for grain crops to ripen.


This picture also no longer shows the huge dam I showed in my "Green Hamlets - Independent" webpage. This not because I now no longer believe in saving water - quite the reverse. I envisage that there will be 2 meters depth of water beneath all our agricultural land. This gives us plenty of stored water. But this water will keep the temperature above the water, much more stable during the day. Clearly this water must be covered by a concrete roof. And on this concrete will be our soil mostly consisting of recycled organic humus. This has the advantage that, if the humus develops some evil bugs, then it can all be collected, recycled and the bad bugs be elliminated. This is clearly a much more intensive form of agriculture than has yet be used on Earth. But I believe that, if we wish to use our land as intensively as possible, then this is the way we have to go. (If we wish to live in space, then this is very much the sort of thing we have to practise first down on Earth.)


I won't try to discuss this form of agriculture any further, because I don't think anyone else has really tried it much yet. If this more intensive system doesn't work, then we can simply revert back to the system I showed my "Green Agriculture" webpage. We would now use twice as much agricultural land. And so some of my distances must be multipied by a factor of 1.4. (But the distances associated with buildings would remain the same.) But we should to keep on trying to use less land if at all possible. (Another thing we can try to do is to learn to grow and eat algae. I discuss this possibilty more in my webpages on space colonies.)

In these hamlets I give slightly less land for local wildlife (and fun) than I gave in my Green Community. But these hamlets should still have plenty space for all normal activities.

In these hamlets, I still have some farm animals and they will produce milk, eggs and some meat for the community to eat. But the portions they produce will be fairly small. We will mostly have the animals for fun. I just love so see animals around the place because they have always formed part of our lives. They are part of our cultural heritage. I have put them in this spot (as shown) so that they can be easily seen by the people passing by. But this corner is also a sheltered spot and the animals can use some of the warmth given off from the green-houses on two sides.


I have put the compost recycling building in the agricultural area here. The small red line, which you can see leading up from the Hamlet Centre, indicates a underground passageway and this will carry all our organic waste up to this building (as well as all the other services). I will say more about this very important passageway later.



This picture shows how the living area of a hamlet fits

in with their agricultural area and their village centre.

Below our agricultural area is our living area. As you can see on the right, this consists of a path/street with our terrace houses on either side (100m long). This has been discussed in detail in my webpage: "Green Homes". At the bottom of this street is our "Village Centre" with all its facilities. At the top of this street are the hamlet's own communal facilities. (Above this are our agricultural and wild-life facilities.) So this is what I will talk about now.


The main item is the hamlet's own centre. (You can see all this in the picture on the right. But you can see it more clearly in the smaller picture below.) On the left there are hamlet's own gardens and play area. I believe that all toddlers should be able to play in this area without supervision. So this means the pool and the pond must have a fence around them.

On the right, above the terraces, there is a blue object with a red circle around it. This is the hamlet's community hot-water container. It is very hard to store electrical energy. But it is easy to store hot water in a well-insulated large container. So we can heat up this water with our excess electrical energy when the sun happens to be shining.


Finally we are now ready to discuss the details of our Hamlet Centre, which is shown in the following diagram on the right.
            If you compare this centre with the Green Independent Community centre, then you will see that this hamlet centre is noticeably smaller. This is because several of the functions, which are done in Independent Community centre, will now be done in our larger Village Centre.


We will start at our main entrance at the bottom (which is closest to all our homes).

This large room is where people will meet other people. But the most important type of meeting will be between all the officers of the community and all the other hundred members. So all the officers of the community will have their desks here. But there are also four extra desks in the centre of the room. Here other members can work with computers and phones (in particular to study their own financial account, accounts in general, all the various officer reports and officer exam questions etc). {In general, these facilities are limited in all these communities. We want people in our communities to spend most of their time with the people they live and work with. This is the same that all people have done over thousands of years. This is how we evolved. If the rest of the world wishes to spend all their time connected to the global village, then they have every opportunity to do this in the current world. This community wants to be different and so they would mostly just trust the manner in which we evolved.}
            These officers, of course, will basically run this community. I will discuus this subject more full in my webpage: "Members, Meetings, Officers and Voting".

To the left of this meeting and officer's room is a large room capable of taking the whole community (sitting).

            During the day this room will be a pre-school children's room where children can play and interact with other children. {I suppose the children can do a little bit of learning if they want to. But I tend to be against this. I never did any learning at all until I went to school. And I turned out OK. I don't think learning at this age makes any difference. The important learning occurs naturally when children react with each other and squabble.} A side door to this room leads outside where the usual outside play items are waiting for the children to use. This group also has room at the back where all the various users can store their gear.
            On most nights, this room will be available to the community's various groups and clubs. So these groups will also have a room at the back where they can store their gear.
            But once a week there will be a community meeting here. And, if any voting occurs at such a meeting, then absolutely every member must attend. All individual votes will be recorded for posterity to study. (The "secret ballot" desire as opposed "visibility" is discussed in detail in my "Pure, Visible Democracy – versus – Current Democracies" webpage.) If democracy is to work well then the whole operation must be taken deadly seriously. There is no other way. In the current world we all take our jobs seriously. In a proper democracy, this voting shall define every job a person shall obtain. So voting must be taken very seriously.


At the back of the left-wing of our centre is our "food room". Here our food will be prepared, stored if necessary and collected by the members. The financial system by which this is paid for is described in my webpage: "Finance and Remuneration".




At the front of the right-wing, there is our centre's lounge (shown on the left). So here all the hamlet members can rest, socialize, read, watch TV, drink at the bar, or eat with their friends.




At the back of our centre's right-wing is our hamlet's large recycle room. This room has to be large because many different items can be reused by other people e.g. clothes and toys. At the back of the room I have put a repair area with all the necessary tools for this repair work to be carried out.
            Also I have put couple of "cooler" cubicles in this area. Sometimes humans also need to contemplate whether they need to "repair" their ways. And the easiest way I know of doing this is to put a person in a small dark cubicle for an hour or so to contemplate their future existence in this community. In very exceptional circumstances, this community might decide that it can no longer cope with this person under any consideration. I will talk about this remote possibility in my webpage called "Citizenship Levels".


Finally I will say just a few words on the officers of this community. (I don't need to say too much on this subject because I cover this subject extensively elsewhere.)
            In my Green Independent Community I give the community 16 officers. And none of these officers is senior to any other officer. (All the tasks of these various officers are clearly defined in my "Green Living – book".)
            In this Hamlet Community I don't think we need as many officers, because the village government is now doing some of these tasks e.g. construction and transport. But we should still need quite a few. Also it is also a very good experience for a young person to start their officer life by gaining a minor officer position. In the officer room I have put 12 officer desks. We shouldn't need as many as this. But we should consider about 10.
            In my book I suggest that each officer is allowed 10 hours per week, which they don't have to account for i.e. they don't need to specify the actions done during these hours in their time-sheets. But I do think that each officer must spend a specified hour each day at their desk where they can be contacted (as part of this deal). This roughly means that there should always be at least one officer always present in the officer room. So the officer phones can always be answered. I want this community to operate effectively – and I know many communities, which don't operate in any sane fashion. So there must be strict rules, which ensure that every person does do their job.

However there is one important system, which is mostly hidden from view. This is the underground passageways, which will carry all the community's essential services – water, electricity, communications and sewerage. These passageways are represented by the red lines and they go - beneath all the houses; and continue back to the compost building in the covered agricultural area; and also on to the village centre (and in the case of a Town-State they link with the larger system at the underground village station).
            These passageways should be quite substantial. So they should be perhaps 1.0 m wide, 1.8 m high and the service pipes should be attached to one of the walls. Beneath all housing and buildings, there must also be many meters to register the usage of all the various units and facilities above.


This picture shows how the passage ways will link to the village centre

transport facilities.

But these passageways have another important function. These passageways also connect all the hamlet buildings to the village centre. And in the case of the Town-State these passageways would all lead directly to a village underground station and hence to the complete tunnel system, which lies beneath the whole small state. So all people residing in any building can enter this tunnel system and join up with the whole population without going outside at all. In the case of a terrible disaster, this gives the complete population a degree of safety, which no other community in the world enjoys.
            I know no one else in the world worries about this fact. But I do. And this safety is obtained at very little extra cost.


My next normal webpage is: "Green Villages".

          You might now also like to look back at:

either my "Home Page" (which introduces this whole website and lists all my webpages),

or "Green Living" (which introduces this major set of webpages),

or "Forming Green Communities", (which introduces this set of webpages).


Updated on 14/11/2016.