Monday, May 4, 2015

3. Proposed infrastructures for pilot pioneer project


Examples  are given of  communal facilities that need to be built to house the pioneers when they arrive, as well as the homestead houses. The construction uses local available lumber and stone. Heating is by wood obtained locally and charcoal manufactured locally. Insulation materials and windows are used to make the housing ecologically efficient. The facilities are constructed by the pioneers.

Communal facilities for the pioneers

Facilities to be built before pioneers arrive:

Community communal housing is built with 40 private rooms to house 80 pioneers. This house is available for pioneers newly arriving and is used by them until they have built their private homestead houses. The communal house has 3 floors.

The 1st and 2nd floors each have 20 private rooms, and 2 bathrooms, one for men and one for women,. Each bathroom has toilets, sinks and a shower.

The ground floor has the rooms that are shared. Kitchen, dining room, laundry room, drying room, play room for children, entertainment room, communication room with library and internet and a smoking room, 

All facilities are built mainly of locally available materials - wood and stone. The buildings are built with the minimal costs possible. They do not have a basement. As the buildings are built, the trees are cut down for the lumber and the land is cleared of stones. These lumber and stones are the main building materials used for the buildings. 

The heating is centralized heating fueled by wood and charcoal.  The ovens in the kitchens should be fueled by wood and charcoal. Electricity for lighting and TV/radio/computer should be generated by diesel motors supplemented by solar panels. Water should be heated by water heating panels on roofs.·All the building are standardized.         
  • 2 pioneers share a room with 2 beds, a table, 2 chairs, shelves and cupboards. Each room has a door that can be locked and a double pained window with a screen that can be opened. There is a white shade on the outside to keep the room cool in the summer, and a black shade on the inside to absorb the sun and keep the room warm in the winter. Adjacent bathrooms with toilets sinks and showers are shared.       
  • Children can sleep in the rooms of their parents, or alternatively can share a room furnished as a dormitory for the children. There is a room where children can play.       
  • There is a room furnished as an infirmary room    
  • Wireless internet access is available via satellite. The internet access is a very important facility as it provides cheap communication to their native country with family members of the pioneers as well as cheap banking (ie. Bitcoin), a digital library for cheap learning, cheap entertainment, etc....
  • Lumberyard 
  • Wood cutting and splitting facility to provide fuel for heating and cooking and selling to Thompson.   
  • Stone working shed
  • water tower
  • community sauna 
  • facility to house diesel generator for electricity to charge batteries and for emergency power 
  • shed for tractor
  • shed for car 
Various sheds:

The pioneers can then build or help to build all the other facilities they need. Such as: 
  • Workshops
  • Green houses
  • Barn for animals (cows, pigs, chickens)
 Barn for 40 cows:
Barn for 40 pigs:

 As a next step, the community can build business facilities such as:
  • ·         a gas station
  • ·         motel type accommodation for tourists
  • ·         kiosk for tourists
  • ·         tourist center to advertise facilities and events in Thompson and Churchill
Once all the communal facilities are built, all  pioneers help each other build private houses for families and block apartments for singles. Should singles form partnerships and families, they can trade their apartments for houses. When pioneers move out of the communal house, their places are taken by newly arriving pioneers.

Private Houses

Private houses are standardized. Thick wooden walls and floors are the main forms of insulation.  The wooden beams are supported by stone pillars. There is no cellar and the pillars are the foundation. The ceilings are low to keep the rooms warm in winter. The kitchen with the fire stove is placed in a room extension so that it can be isolated from the house in summer to keep the other rooms cool. As well the chimney pipe is isolated in the summer. In winter, the isolating walls of the kitchen extension can be easily added and the isolating tubes around the chimney pipe can be removed so that they can heat up the entire house.  There will be an attic with a vent going up to the attic or to the outside to vent warm air from the rooms. Lighting is LED and powered by batteries charged by solar panels.   

The community at the end should be limited to 200 people all living in their own private houses. When that point is reached, a new adjacent community  can be started. 10 adjacent communities form a settlement with a population of 2000.
When a settlement is finished, a new location is chosen and a new settlement is started for new arriving pioneers. As the private plots of land are cleared, the lumber is sold. 

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