The acronym OsumPODS and the logo are representative of the concept, but do not encompass the complete strategy of creating autonomous structures or independent communities. No vision can include all of the challenges or the solutions for such a major departure from the way we interact and strive to prosper as individuals and as a species. Mankind faces many challenges in regard to population and the impact we place upon our environment. It is certain that our problems will become more complex and dire as we continue to expand our populations and fail to find real sustainable solutions. The strategy of creating the tools for individuals to gain their independence and secure a sustainable future through self-reliance is the goal of developing OsumPODS.
Political solutions have only compounded mans problems, and only by seeking permanent independence can we decrease our reliance on government and the problems inherent in such institutions that inevitably grow corrupt and out of control. In the branding of OsumPODS, I will define the goals in detail as they apply to the acronym, and show how adopting these strategies can solve many of mans problems without dependence upon government. I will show the importance of creating a sustainable model so that individuals can plan for their own sustainable future where they can obtain true wealth in the knowledge they won’t be paying monthly bills for energy, water, sewer, or peril insurance.
Optimal: The best or most desirable solution.
In the design of commercial or public buildings, the typical solution is to overbuild with the idea that future demands will bring optimal use. Because communities are seldom planned and almost never limited in expansion unless there is some natural barrier, it is certain that schools, malls, hospitals, and other overbuilt structures will become underbuilt as communities grow, or remain overbuilt if they don’t. Only by coming to terms that worldwide populations have an optimal limit, and then designing optimal sized communities that are planned for fixed populations, can such problems be avoided. Determining an optimal size, where neighborhoods have all the amenities needed to function, should be a primary goal for the future. This also applies in the creation of standalone structures, their function in creating autonomous communities, and the modular components that make them habitable.
Optimal conveys the need to determine the most efficient long-term solution to insure survivability. To do so, it is important to look into the future and examine the consequences of interdependence and the current need to transport water, energy, food and other products over large distances just to survive. By designing with optimal configurations of modular components to the most efficient size for communities, is should be possible to accommodate the needs of people where transportation or mobility are no longer indispensible factors. Once developed, future optimally sized communities should be able to produce and supply all of the goods and services necessary to prosper with minimal mobility, thus assuring a much higher degree of efficiency.
By designing for efficiency, and by accommodating the needs of individuals in close proximity to their residence, and by making neighborhoods multifunctional where communities conduct business, educate, entertain, and care for the sick and needy, we will be able to avoid much of the cost and waste created by megalopolises and their need for mass infrastructure and mobility. By solving problems for individuals, you solve the problems for the masses. The more convenient you can make communities, the easier and more economical it will be to conduct business. By thinking and designing on much smaller scales, it is possible to avoid the twelve lane freeways, triple overpasses, tall skyscrapers, mass transit systems, and most if not all of the mass infrastructure required to power and supply such cities.
Communities of ten thousand people can prosper far more efficiently than cities of ten million. This does not mean that regions won’t have much denser populations, but in such cases it will be important to make sure that individual communities retain all the amenities needed to conduct business within the confines of the community, which may be surrounded by other independent communities. When you can redirect the efforts of people from wasteful endeavors to productivity, then everyone can benefit and the overall standard of living can be improved. Such change in strategy can also lessen the demands put upon individuals in making a living, with the added benefit of having more leisure.