Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Your Indoor Rainforest Ecosystem: Unique & Perfectly Adapted to Your Life

Image (Screenshot): In The Last Samurai, Katsumoto (Ken Watanabe) tells Nathan Algren (Tom Cruise) a life spent looking for the perfect cherry blossom “would not be a wasted life.”

PeapodLife Empowers Nature’s Mass Customization of Perfection

“The perfect cherry blossom is a rare thing. You could spend your whole life looking for one, and it would not be a wasted life.” 
~ Katsumoto, from The Last Samurai

I had the pleasure of living for a year in Japan.  In many ways it was the best year of my life, not least because I saw myself as a perfectionist living in a culture of perfectionism. The way in which perfection is approached in Japan strikes most Westerners—myself included at the time—as a bit paradoxical.

To many Westerners, perfection is a loaded, often polarizing word.  To some it is a challenge to be doggedly pursued; for others, an arbitrary imposition shackling us to the blind pursuit of an unattainable ideal.

While on the surface it seems Japan adopted “the relentless pursuit of perfection”—as the Lexus brand slogan suggests—unlike the West, the origins of this pursuit have a much softer connotation: nature.

The fact is, no two snowflakes are alike. Likewise no two trees, leaves, people, etc. are alike. And yet, somehow, out of the organized chaos that is cause and effect and evolution, nature manages to perfectly adapt to an ever changing dynamic environment. It all just works. Nature works.

Humanity approaches things in a very different way. We attempt to come up with a “perfect design,” then create assembly lines to try to replicate endless identical copies of it.

Yet we know from experience that no industrial process comes close to perfection on any level. From cookie-cutter housing to automotive recalls, computer glitches to never-ending software updates, we are not even close to the sublime genius and resilience of cells or organisms, let alone ecosystems.

The new “holy grail” in manufacturing is mass customization, “combining elements of mass production with those of bespoke tailoring,” (Source: The Economist: Idea: Mass customisation). Yet experience shows a component and/or systems-based approach can never replicate nature’s level of mass customization.  

This is why PeapodLife uses an ecosystems approach. We embrace the perfection of nature to achieve what human approaches to it cannot. Every ecosystem we sell is unique to you: it adapts to your life; your environment; your needs.

Sure, a lot of the underlying mechanicals will be similar from one ecosystem to the next, but the flora, fauna, and mineral/terrestrial elements will not only be unique, they will be alive: responsive, adaptive; yes, even intelligent.

Too many VOC’s in your indoor air? No problem! The ecosystem will adjust the population of VOC-munching microbes. No industrial or technological solution can replicate the ability of a high-order ecosystem to dynamically adapt to your needs on the fly. No other so-called “living wall” can either.

So while the rest of the world fumbles around with mechanical and computer technology trying to get finite systems to do the work of sentient life forms, PeapodLife invites you to discover the genius of working in mutual harmony with nature.

While the competition try to get their so-called “living walls” to “look perfect” and “perform within reason,” let your own unique Rainforest Ecosystem from PeapodLife show you perfection’s true nature…

YouTube Video: The Last Samurai - Perfect
The best scene from the Last Samurai. It is...perfect.
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In the final battle scene of The Last Samurai, Katsumoto’s (Ken Watanabe) last words to Nathan Algren (Tom Cruise) come at the end of his lifelong quest for the perfect cherry blossom: “They’re all perfect.”

Attila Lendvai

Thursday, 20 June 2013

Seven Steps of Truly Sustainable Building Science

CBC.ca Video: Imagine the Fire
How reviving the aboriginal practice of controlled fires could be good for land and wildlife. This story was produced with the support of the Bill Lane Centre for American West
The National | Jun 19, 2013 | 14:24

Residential Building Science Experts Take Note: Sustainable Buildings = Ecosystem Management

Igne Natura Renovatur Integra (INRI): “All Nature Will Be Renewed By Fire; alchemists' aphorism)”
Definition Source/Credit: The Free Online Dictionary: Igne Natura Renovatur Integra

What does this CBC National news feature story by Duncan McCue have to do with sustainable buildings? At PeapodLife, our commercial and residential building science experts know that truly sustainable buildings will be based not on components or systems, but ecosystems.

As Duncan McCue’s feature on The National points out, the Dene Nation of Northern Alberta and Northwest Territories have used controlled burning to manage their environment in an intelligent and symbiotic way.

They used a ubiquitous technology essential to humankind’s survival (the mastery of fire) to support and accelerate the natural cleansing and renewing process of nature. With fire the Dene made space for healing and food plants where only weeds and deadwood grew, and invited grazing animals to return.

This is a beautiful real-world example of how humanity’s mastery of technology can be used to support nature and the natural renewal process taking place in all ecosystems.  It is anything but an exploitative model. It is a model of intelligent stewardship; of harmony; of mutual symbiosis…real “best practices.”

Forest Management Experts from Alberta and BC to California are waking up and taking note of this large-picture view.  Moving from forest-management to ecosystem-management has many benefits.  We support the ecosystem; the organizing and problem-solving power of the ecosystem does the rest.

PeapodLife brings precisely this ecosystem-management and support methodology to commercial and residential buildings via our indoor ecosystems. 

The result is Advanced Human Habitat:
  • Freshest Air
  • Living Water
  • Organic Local Food
  • Beautiful Natural Rainforest Aesthetic
  • Positive Energetic Enhancement
  • Improved Relaxation
  • Greater Invigoration
  • And so much more.

Image: Hand of Human Intervention in Mutual Symbiosis and Harmony with Nature
July 2012 Cover for the Sunday Review of The New York Times "The Ecology of Disease"

We challenge commercial and residential building science experts to recognize the wisdom of the Dene and others.  It’s time to see the big picture of true sustainability, in buildings, communities and the world as a whole!

Seven Steps of Truly Sustainable Building Science:
  1. Use our best know-how (ancient and modern) and technologies,
  2. Evolve beyond simple component-based and mechanical systems-based methodologies,
  3. Learn from nature’s own best practices (biomimicry; Eco-mimicry),
  4. Work with nature harmonically,
  5. Manage and support natural ecosystem-based methodologies,
  6. Accelerate and enhance ecosystems’ abilities to grow, learn, adapt and provide,
  7. Enjoy the benefits of living in mutual symbiosis with nature in our homes, businesses, etc. 
Whether you’re a residential building science expert, a commercial building developer, building management company, green real estate investor, owner of a spa, hotel or retirement home, or a home/condo resident wanting to live sustainably in harmony with nature, Connect with PeapodLife. 

Thursday, 13 June 2013

Indoor Ecosystem Promotes Life Transformation

Ecosystem for Your House Health presentation at Life Transformation Institute, photo by Olga Goubar
Photo: Attila Lendvai, PeapodLife Project Director with Wolfgang Amelung, Genetron Systems Founder and Owner 
 Ecosystem for Your House Health Presentation
Life Transformation Institute Luncheon June 11, 2013

Life Transformation Institute’s Monthly Luncheon Welcomes PeapodLife

This past Tuesday, June 11 2013, PeapodLife was attended The Life Transformation Institute’s and Society of Internet Professional’s joint monthly networking luncheon at Chef of India Restaurant in Toronto, Ontario.

SIP/LTI Founder and Social Entrepreneur Max Haroon began by thanking all the attendees for coming out.  This was followed by a brief introduction of the day’s guest speakers, PeapodLife Project Director Attila Lendvai and our Partner, Genetron Systems Founder and Inventor of the Living Wall Ecosystem, Wolfgang Amelung.

Attila opened the presentation with the big picture analysis of the powerful results that are achieved when we reverse humanity’s exploitative relationship with nature to one of support.
“Instead of a human-developed systems approach imposing some technological process onto nature with the intention of maximizing outputs, PeapodLife employs technology to support nature’s existing processes. The result: nature surprises and delights with a broad spectrum of holistic benefits. This is the genius of working with nature to help it achieve its highest expression as opposed to the myopic industrialized pursuit of a few material objectives.”

Ecosystem for Your House Health presentation at Life Transformation Institute, photo by Olga Goubar
Photo: Wolfgang Amelung, Inventor of the Living Wall Ecosystem
Ecosystem for Your House Health Presentation
Life Transformation Institute Luncheon June 11, 2013

Next, Wolfgang took the floor and gave some history on the development of the ecosystem technology. He also introduced luncheon attendees to the very smallest expression of an indoor ecosystem.

The “Progeny” ecosystem consists of a highly sophisticated floating island constructed of several layers of substrates, growing medium, etc. Wolfgang explained how it survives in the toxic indoor environments we live in, despite being so small:
“Maybe not in a fiberglass factory, but generally speaking, it creates a bubble of fresh air around itself, like its own little atmosphere. Anything in the air passing through the bubble is absorbed into the water and processed by the ecosystem.  It’s remarkable, really. And in some ways it’s the most sophisticated version of the ecosystem because it’s a miniature version of what the large ecosystem does. Unlike the large system, this small unit won’t clean the whole space.”

Ecosystem for Your House Health presentation at Life Transformation Institute, photo by Olga Goubar
Photo: Ecosystem for Your House Health Presentation
"Progeny" - the very smallest expression of an indoor ecosystem
Life Transformation Institute Luncheon June 11, 2013

The attendees had an opportunity to ask questions, interact with the ecosystem, network, and of course enjoy a delicious Indian buffet-style lunch.

PeapodLife looks forward to next month’s luncheon when Wolfgang will be giving a workshop on how to begin incorporating indoor ecosystem technology into your existing home using the houseplants you already have.

For more information, or to register, visit the following link: Eventbrite: Max Haroon

Thursday, 6 June 2013

Relaxation is Key to Awareness and Health

Relax in Nature and be More Human
I thoroughly enjoy getting away from the game and going out fishing because it's so relaxing, so quiet and peaceful. I mean, there's no noise other than nature - and it's so different from what I do in a tournament situation that it just eases my mind.
~ Tiger Woods
Source: brainyquote.com: Tiger Woods

Normally we write a fair bit on our blogs, but today we thought we’d offer more of a “show” rather than a “tell.” After all, we’re inundated with so many words day in and day out. Wouldn’t it be nice to relax?

Relaxing is essential to our wellbeing. Truly. Disease is a compound word: Dis-ease; not at ease…stressed. Stress is the #1 killer in the world. No one who’s relaxed can murder another person in a fit of rage. No relaxed person goes on a shooting spree.

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That’s not to say that being relaxed means “zoning out.” You want to be relaxed when you drive, but also aware, sharp. Likewise, to be healthy means you must be conscious of how you treat your body. But awareness and health are enhanced by relaxation. They are its foundation. And nothing is capable of simultaneously relaxing us and invigorating us—mind and body—like nature.


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We hope you enjoyed these journeys of relaxation, feel a bit more aware and invigorated, and ever so slightly more human…AHH! 

PeapodLife: the Essence of Being, Rooted in Sophistication.