Que Estranha Forma de Vida – Rui Vasques (Eco-Village Community – Live With Earth)

Que Estranha Forma de Vida  – Rui Vasques (Eco-Village Community – Live With Earth)


We are back to Portugal.
We had to talk with Rui Vasques. Not for being a 20 grade student
on his master’s degree. Not for it being adaptable globally. Not for being the best student of
Industrial Production Design from his time. Not for believing in self sustainability
as an emergency… Neither for being only 26 years old
and being enterprising at this and that. But for all of this reasons
and a couple more. I’m Rui Vasques,
I’m a 26 years old designer and I chose the sustainability path. When I did my master’s thesis,
“Eco-Village Community” project I approached topics like
the current problems in the world, also neuroscience issues, to understand
how the Man works… I approached ecologic topics to understand
how the world functions like a super organism. And other subjects like
sustainable constructions, life in communities… I tried to discover many subjects
way ahead of the design project range which was about
sustainable buildings. And my mind started to open
so I realized that I could follow another
path at my job and not only to design products
like a regular designer but instead, create more sustainable
and permacultural design. Thinking about the natural elements,
people’s relationships… Well, to enhance
all that knowledge. So, the project came out
which was my master’s thesis because during my research,
a personal revolt popped up and I wanted to take the tools I had,
the talent and creativity in order to create a visually appealing
solution and functionally perfect to show people a new vision
and a new way to live on Earth. I tried to apply in that eco-village
the solutions I found and which are already used, like super adobe constructions which is the construction with earth bags,
clay and barbwire. I tried to apply renewable energies which are increasingly investigated
and more efficient. I tried to apply composting systems… I tried to close the most cycles I could
inside that space to show that solutions are there
but they are not being used. And today it’s urgent to deepen them. In that way
I created that circular model. It’s circular because I was inspired
by other projects. So I opted for creating a mandala shape
to inspire people more and to show that it’s possible
to create something optimized from zero where all points are at the same distance
from the center; all the infrastructures would be easier to build because it obeys just to one standard; it would be easier to expand it by adding modules; So the center would be for the community
and growing it in layers for other functions. So I created a space with this new perspective of future with everything what people need to be happy
and to have good quality of life. This project has
some inspiration from The Venus Project developed by Jacques Fresco,
a thinker and social engineer a lot of years ago, like 50 or 60 years…
He has more than 90 years. He always supported the idea
that humanity should follow a path where the structures and the appropriation
of space would be thought before respecting the resources from the place
in a sustainability long term. We can create self-sufficient social models
based on 3 principles: Local construction,
which is used by the super adobe technique and which can be built anywhere
in the world with local earth or even with tire adding Local production of resources… from the biological agriculture,
to the profitable use of water, energy and local raw materials; And the third principle is
the energy self-sufficiency to do not depend on other places energy These 3 principles united
I call it a “Smart Village”. It’s the concept i’ve been deepen,
because it hasn’t been studied much The goal is to alert and to aware
for the mentality change. To show people that there are other ways
and options that the world is not like it was taught
as kids and it’s possible to create our own future,
resources, energy… As not every land and region
have all the necessary resources so all of this can happen, I leaned for permaculture design. It is to know how to deeply observe a place
at least for one year, studying the cycles of the sun, winds,
water, slopes, raw materials, earth… Then we try to understand what is missing,
what can we do with what we have and how can we enhance
what already exists. With synergy and permaculture techniques. The successful permaculturist
is that one living relaxed with his system working
without much worries because he created a cycle that works
with synergies and ecosystems that regulates it self and
he just goes there to reap the rewards. For me, the next step
is to explore new economic systems, new models of making group decision
like sociocracy, And also new group
communication alternatives and there are already tools that
have been studied around the world for alternative systems. Systems with less money where trust
and cooperation are the bases where people can make
exchanges of products and services or even using new local currencies
in order to replace what traps us everyday
which is money. For me, money is the biggest illusion of all
because it was foisted upon us and now the whole world lives with money bases. In my opinion it
was an excellent tool once when it appeared it was excellent
It was always good for humans. Until some hundreds of years ago,
that it has been manipulated and virtualized in a way that who has access to it
can do anything and who hasn’t,
will continue to be a slave. And that’s how the system works. So that’s why
I gave myself to this life mission. I want to teach as much people as possible
how to not depend on money and depending more on themselves,
on others and their dreams. Each place is unique and
has its own conditions and materials It’s always necessary
a previous study of the resources and their permaculture interactions in order to design it
and to know what to do In case resources are missing
we have to search nearby and try to exchange some,
between interested people. This is our miraculous combination:
earth, clay, sand and straw combined in right proportions
it’s our material construction. For example, at places where the land is infertile
we can always use natural fertilizers by composting. Like kitchen waste,
decomposing organic substances or even the use of compost toilets.
And animal or human compost. So through this process, after 6 months
we can use that land to produce. And so we will start a new circle of production. The more we produce the more earth
will have to fertilize in a natural way. For example, if we don’t have water
we could construct water reservoirs, lakes, or paths that force water to stay
as long as possible on the ground and even to irrigate the land using gravity
to exploit it. So, there is always a way to obtain
the resources as they are abundant we just have to learn how to collect
and make a good use of them. The solution…
I think it is a set of solutions because there is not only
one solution for everything. About money… The solution…
I don’t know the exactly solution we are still looking for it I think it’s about creating
models of share, fair exchanges, harmony and cooperation models
and also a good sense and trust between people. When I talk about exchanges
and share models it doesn’t mean that it’s always
something spontaneous. These models can be regulated
by rules like our system does. But instead of money we have services
that are trade by other services, Or goods that have a certain value on a place,
and a different one somewhere else because there’s not that much of it. There’s a relationship between rarity
and abundance that can be calculated. On our monetary system this isn’t calculated. Money worths more than everything.
More than life, values, actions… People kill, steal and do anything
because of a paper they say that has value! And for me what has a real value
is the air we breath, is the sun we have, the land we can produce,
the people that can help us. We live in a time when our illusory
economic growth has to stabilize so that we can perform these
alternatives and solutions, to apply them and stay in a way
that we don’t need to grow more So we can use what we already have created. to heal somehow what was damaged
and what would take lots of years to be as it was. One of the main concepts of this project
is to combine the ancient knowledge that has been hidden:
our techniques, our connection with Earth, the most efficient production principles… Connect all this information that has been lost, with what we achieved nowadays:
Technology. That gives us a good life quality
and the comfort we have nowadays. Because those ancient techniques
are what link us with the surrounding and with what we can do with the space. And that’s what I think
that is closer to sustainability because they had no oil
or coal companies, they didn’t have our lifestyle,
they lived with what they had. Nowadays we have the technology
that allows us to live differently with the possibility to communicate,
to have internet access, to have leisure,
to create jobs through informatics and all the comfort
and life quality of a home. So, I think the ideal would be
to combine this ancient knowledge, with technology in order to create
efficient solutions as nowadays but using more simple and sustainable
materials and methods.

Author: Kennedi Daugherty

16 thoughts on “Que Estranha Forma de Vida – Rui Vasques (Eco-Village Community – Live With Earth)

  1. Fico muito feliz por saber que uma onda de consciencia esta a pairar em terras lusitanas! Adorava ver uma entrevista actualizada de Tamera! Please! !

  2. Enio acho fantástico ,admiro, e talvez se tivesse a sua idade me interessaria mais . Mas meu tempo passou!

  3. O problema não é o dinheiro, mas, antes, o que o ser-humano faz pelo dinheiro, e isso não muda com o desaparecimento do dinheiro; mudará com uma alteração de mentalidades. Mas caminhamos nessa direcção.

  4. Muito bom adoro tudo que é sustentável é incrível colocarem o rótulo de "uma estranha forma de vida " estranho somos nós que vivemos na cidade e pagamos pra tudo eu não aguento mais isso sonho em conseguir uma vida assim na natureza respeitando a nossa querida e tão maltratada Gaia . grande abraço irmãos Parabéns

  5. Está tudo muito bem dito mas quando eu tentei na minha cidade fazer isso a câmara e as águas da minha cidade disseram o seguinte a Abrigo da lei de x número tal fica o cidadão notificado que é obrigatório fazer a ligação de esgotos a rede pública na qual eu disse que queria montar uma bio digestora e não facilitaram e fui obrigado a fazer a ligação sobre a pena de pagar uma multa caso não o fizesse dentro do prazo legal , outro exemplo quis fazer a minha casa com com troncos e foram claros não é viável o senhor é um revolucionário que aqui anda .. .
    Não leves a mal acredito na tua tese e na tua formação mas quem te deu não acredita e por isso nunca vamos mais a frente

  6. Os postes sao de madeira? Ou qual o matetial dos postes? A madeira nao se apodrece ou decompoem mais depressa? To a construir uma casita e este projecto é a minha inspirationss

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