Welcome to Skyscaper Permaculture

Skyscaper Permaculture (SP) is a full consensus off-the-grid survival cooperative.  It is a collection/association/relationship of/by/for like/open/pragmatic/truth-minded bacteria, archaea, and eukarya and their families, gardens, farms, wells, fields, houses, apartments, performance spaces, garages, buildings, warehouses, time, well-wishes, and expertise.  For those unwilling to look up "eukarya" on their own, it's a cooperatively owned collection of presently/potentially fertile land and the living things which live there.  Every associate of Skyscaper Permaculture is dedicated to the preservation of life of each level of its members, participants, and friends.  If we don't help each other, who will?

2011-08-23 Update: post-Sorenson Greenhouse meeting enthusiasm. i posted five nasty pages on my blog last night. finally realized there is a need for this thing, and an immediate one at that.  my goal now is to explain the concept as well as i can. it involves all of you, it is for all of you. I am going to add to and update pages now.  I'll let you know what i change.

keep in mind, these are the designs of one person.  this is all meant to be grown by recognition of shared commonalities, by voluntary participation. if this doesn't make sense to you as a means of effectively using what you now consider "your" property, help me grow and develop this concept into something that will. I'll start with houses.

madly in love, still.

2010-07-19 Update: "Business" Plan finally put online, page added to this site.

2010-02-21 Update: Full concept realization, name chosen, website created.
Most recent inspiration for the Skyscaper concept goes out to the wonderful bunch of humans with whom I've spent the last two weekends talking about soil, plants, economics, energy, and culture.  It was a class called How to Grow Local Food.

For more information, send me/us an e-mail at lawleft {at] gmail [dot} com.

Useful Definitions:

n. pl. skies
1. The expanse of air over any given point on the earth; the upper atmosphere as seen from the earth's surface.
2. The appearance of the upper atmosphere, especially with reference to weather. Often used in the plural: Threatening skies portend a storm.
3. The celestial regions; the heavens: stars in the southern sky.
4. The highest level or degree: reaching for the sky.
tr.v. skied, sky·ing, skies
1. To hit or throw (a ball, for example) high in the air.
2. To hang (a painting, for example) high up on the wall, above the line of vision.

[Middle English, from Old Norse sk, cloud; see (s)keu- in Indo-European roots.]

Scape: scape 1
1. Botany A leafless flower stalk growing directly from the ground, as in the tulip.
2. Biology A stalklike part, such as a feather shaft or a segment of an insect's antenna.
3. Architecture The shaft of a column.

[Latin scpus, stalk, perhaps from Greek skpos.]

Skyscape: skyscape [ˈskaɪˌskeɪp]
(Fine Arts & Visual Arts / Art Terms) a painting, drawing, photograph, etc., representing or depicting the sky

Caper: ca·per 1
1. A playful leap or hop.
2. A frivolous escapade or prank.
3. Slang An illegal plot or enterprise, especially one involving theft.
intr.v. ca·pered, ca·per·ing, ca·pers
To leap or frisk about; frolic.

[Alteration of capriole.]

ca·per 2
1. A usually spiny Mediterranean shrub (Capparis spinosa) having white to pale lilac flowers and dehiscent fruits with reddish pulp.
2. A pickled flower bud of this plant, used as a pungent condiment in sauces, relishes, and various other dishes.

[Middle English caperis, capar, from Latin capparis, from Greek kapparis.]

1. a playful skip or leap
2. a high-spirited escapade
cut a caper or capers
a.  to skip or jump playfully
b.  to act or behave playfully; frolic
4. Slang a crime, esp an organized robbery
5. Austral informal a job or occupation
6. Austral informal a person's behaviour
(intr) to leap or dance about in a light-hearted manner
[probably from capriole]
caperer  n
caperingly  adv

1. (Life Sciences & Allied Applications / Plants) a spiny trailing Mediterranean capparidaceous shrub, Capparis spinosa, with edible flower buds
2. (Life Sciences & Allied Applications / Plants) any of various similar plants or their edible parts See also bean caper, capers
[from earlier capers, capres (assumed to be plural), from Latin capparis, from Greek kapparis]

Caper of kids—Lipton, 1970.

Permaculture: per·ma·cul·ture
A system of perennial agriculture emphasizing the use of renewable natural resources and the enrichment of local ecosystems.

perma·cultur·ist, perma·cultur·al·ist n.

(Life Sciences & Allied Applications / Environmental Science) the practice of producing food, energy, etc., using ways that do not deplete the earth's natural resources
[coined by Bill Mollison (born 1928), Australian ecologist, from perma(nent agri)culture]

Consensus: /con·sen·sus/
1. An opinion or position reached by a group as a whole: "Among political women . . . there is a clear consensus about the problems women candidates have traditionally faced" (Wendy Kaminer). See Usage Note at redundancy.
2. General agreement or accord: government by consensus.

Cooperative: /co·op·er·a·tive/
1. Done in cooperation with others: a cooperative effort.
2. Marked by willingness to cooperate; compliant: a cooperative patient.
3. Of, relating to, or formed as an enterprise or organization jointly owned or managed by those who use its facilities or services: a cooperative department store; cooperative apartment buildings.
An enterprise or organization that is owned or managed jointly by those who use its facilities or services.

Eukaryote: /eu·kary·ote/ (u-kar´e-ōt) an organism whose cells have a true nucleus bounded by a nuclear membrane within which lie the chromosomes; eukaryotic cells also contain many membrane-bound organelles in which cellular functions are performed. The cells of higher plants and animals, fungi, protozoa, and most algae are eukaryotic.

Share: share 1  (shâr)
1. A part or portion belonging to, distributed to, contributed by, or owed by a person or group.
2. An equitable portion: do one's share of the work.
3. Any of the equal parts into which the capital stock of a corporation or company is divided.
v. shared, shar·ing, shares
1. To divide and parcel out in shares; apportion.
2. To participate in, use, enjoy, or experience jointly or in turns.
3. To relate (a secret or experience, for example) to another or others.
4. To accord a share in (something) to another or others: shared her chocolate bar with a friend.
1. To have a share or part: shared in the profits.
2. To allow someone to use or enjoy something that one possesses: Being in daycare taught the child to share.
3. To use or enjoy something jointly or in turns: There is only one computer, so we will have to share.
go shares
To be concerned or partake equally or jointly, as in a business venture.

[Middle English, from Old English scearu, division; see sker-1 in Indo-European roots.]

sharea·ble, shara·ble adj.
sharer n.

share 2  (shâr)
A plowshare.

[Middle English, from Old English scar; see sker-1 in Indo-European roots.]