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Urban, Suburban, Town, Regional, and National Ecological Operating Systems

I. Parameters of an Ecological Operating System (EOS)

            Beginning with Plan for the West Side of Chicago and Framework for Development and continuing with Planning an Urban Ecological Operating System vs. Planning a City and Generating Value and Returns Through an Ecological Operating System, I have outlined a number of specific characteristics of a future Urban Ecological Operating System.  In what follows, I will very briefly outline how an Urban Ecological Operating system relates to the broader systems that might come to develop and control spaces that are not urban.  This exercise should serve to illustrate how an Ecological Operating System (EOS) is scaled, how different scales of the system are connected, and why individuals and groups should be concerned with scales of the operating system in which they do not directly participate.

            In considering the different scales at which an EOS might exist, it is important to understand the basic parameters that constitute the system as an EOS.  These parameters include the following: 1) that the overall EOS is for everyone; 2) that it pulls together and organizes disparate programs and products into a cohesive space that supports a specific capacity; 3) that these capacities are installed in the world via a kit of parts in a catalog that is developed as an integral element of the system; 4) that the surfaces and spaces constructed with the catalog serve as an interface; 5) that the elements of the system are produced locally and that jobs are generated as a result; 6) that unexpected capabilities and activities arise; 7) that these are productive, entertaining, and contribute to a positive control of space; 8) that the system is marketed;  9) that the system is scalable; 10) that a nuanced ownership structure exists to make it possible for necessary investment classes to be satisfied; and, 11) that the system can be deployed in part or in whole.

            The construction of an EOS is largely contingent on the ability to add new jobs along the way as a function of an ability to 1) increase the efficiency, diversity, and interest of the built environment – and in doing so, improving the general health of the economy through increasing demand, reactivating dormant land, and making products more compelling; 2) create a catalog of these products that employs people; 3) finance and profit from the new and existing companies that have products in this catalog as well as from the EOS itself; 4) create the manufacturing opportunities that correspond; 5) support creative innovation via a collaboration between art and industry that creates new experiences with these products such that they might become props that play a role in the new narrative supported by the EOS.  The result might lead to a shift in the centers of production and consumption.  A luxury store might move into the countryside in order to create new construction, employment, and narrative opportunities. 

            This hypothesis is largely untested.  In part, it is for this reason that we are attempting to create an EOS.  We are exploring the novelty of addressing the total condition with a total response that can be scaled to a variety of levels and spheres.  Large companies that have come to influence vast territories and elements of life inspire this approach.  It is a means of representing a process as a spine that holds a broad redevelopment effort together.  This catalog will be quite valuable in its own right through its capacity to inflate space through products and guidelines that it offers.  It is a basic digital system and building mechanism that is fully integrated and accounted for is beneficial.  Ultimately, it will be a spine that anchors future innovation that will lead to new spaces that support new stories.  As these spaces come into existence, they will illuminate novel funding sources for the city.  Moreover, they will draw a community together that will collaborate on the funding and creation of this new city.  In the end, these efforts art to explore expanding the number of markets a company can serve to point where we will eventually have to consider the relationship between dwelling and totality.

The iterations of the EOS in a Suburban, Town, Regional, and National context should meet these parameters.  The parameters will be configured, related to each other, and related to the context they serve based on 1) the size of the land that the system must cover; 2) the “health” of the local economy and ecology; 3) the social character and racial and socio-economic tensions in particular; 4) the primary energy, both monetary and aesthetic that inflates – and that might inflate – the space; 5) the jobs and industries that are associated; 6) the specific demographics and densities that result; and, 7) the overall capacity of the space that the system serves.  Each of the iterations will be guided by an intuition of how to best scale the functional capacities established in the context of the Urban EOS to a new context so that the system is optimally capable of provoking change that eliminates inefficiencies. 

In this sense, a genuine EOS is an adaptively scalable system.  The EOS provides a scalable relationship between hardware and a management system rather than a system that behaves in the same manner regardless of the context and number of users.  The result is a capacity to address a wide range of spaces and problems.  In the long run, it will allow the developments that are made in one location to be easily translated to another location in order to quickly address the problems that arise there.  In this sense, what follows is an outline of a strategy that at once enhances the value and attractiveness to investors of creating an Urban EOS while at the same time describes the challenges that lie ahead and how an EOS can be adapted to those challenges.  The result will be an enhanced understanding of how investing in a small local experiment that affects a very particular constituency can plants the seed of an EOS that will address situations and problems that affect a country more broadly.  In this sense, it is an exploration of how the part relates to the whole, how a hierarchy emerges, and how the system resists totality and central control by embracing adaptive input and output in order to lead to a flexible and evolving system.

II. Suburban EOS

            The initial state of the land and the systems that support it plays a dominant role in how an EOS develops at a specific scale.  When we begin to examine the state of  suburbs, it becomes clear that they face a very different set of challenges than those that pockets within the heart of the city face.  While urban areas face a tension between wealthy, working class, impoverished, and gentrifying neighborhoods, the suburbs tend to be relatively homogenous when seen within the limits of a given suburb.  In addition, while many urban areas face decaying infrastructure and few jobs, the suburbs tend to be supported by jobs beyond the limits of the suburbs, tend to exhibit a uniform standard of wealth often derived from and housed in remote sources and, generally speaking, face fewer local problems than the city.

For the most part, these communities are bastions of stability that many residents would like to preserve for future generations.  In this sense, it might appear that the suburbs don’t need an EOS.  If, however, one looks beneath this image of the suburbs – the strong schools and balanced budgets – one begins to see the isolation and alienation that exists, the toll that excessive formality can take on people and relationships, and the rising rates of vacancy of homes and retail locations.  At the same time, when we look beyond the elite suburbs, the toll that the 2008 Mortgage Crisis and aging infrastructure has taken becomes apparent.  It is in this context that we should consider the merits of an EOS.

            When entering a new market, we must consider whether the mandate is to develop the area towards a radically new future – as is the case with the work we are doing in East Garfield Park – or to maintain the success of the area while addressing some of the deficiencies identified by local residents.  In many cases, the question of whether to develop or sustain is driven by the extent to which the residents of the area in question are in control of the capital that inflates the space or whether they exist at a great distance from this capital, often being forced to deal with the inefficiencies of that distance and of the system as a whole as a result.  Addressing this question requires carefully negotiating with those who control a power structure that they have a strong interest in preserving.  In order to do so, it is imperative to explain the long term effects of adhering to the current system and how the suburban system – whether an EOS is introduced or not – is intimately linked to the other spaces and scales of inhabitation throughout the nation.

1) Suburban EOS – The Size of the Land

            An EOS that is appropriate for a suburban condition would have to take into account the vast and sprawling nature of the suburbs.  At the same time, we should begin by recognizing that the components that go into the creation of an Urban EOS can be scaled without significant modification to the scale of the suburb.  The modular building technology can be used to retrofit existing homes, gathering spaces can be created outside of the parameters of the shopping mall, and recreation can be enhanced in existing parks.  A Modular Building System, Agricultural System, Entertainment System, Community Organizing System, and Recreation System can be used to support these typologies and how they adapt to the suburban condition.  The result will increase the continuity between the city and surrounding suburbs.  The specific nature of this continuity will reverse the current trend that has seen building technology and strategies of utilizing space that originated in the suburbs used as tools to develop urban spaces.

At the same time, the manner by which these entities and the systems that support them are deployed could be done in such a manner that considers the quality of life and needs of the suburbs in greater detail in order to not repeat mistakes made when suburban tactics were used to develop urban space.  In this sense, we should be aware of the need to create pockets of anonymity and rest, while providing continuity across the vastness of the space of the suburb.  In addition, we should be aware of the long travel times between points within the suburb and the increasingly high costs of energy required to bridge these distances.  The result of this understanding would require an EOS to support a diminished need to travel while enhancing connectivity between people and locations.

            In order to address this concern, we should continue to draw our inspiration from the typology of the Roman Court House.  In this context, the semi-public nature of the courtyard and the piano nobile should be related to the tendency of the ground-floor rooms of suburban homes to be used to entertain a network of men and women from the community.  In this context, it is apparent that the use of these rooms and the surrounding property for semi-public activities is no longer nearly as common.  In order to reduce travel and energy expenditure, it would be wise to consider how an EOS might support the revitalization of these spaces for semi-public use.  In this sense, the ground floor of suburban homes might become the primary location in which a digital interface that connects the resident to the broader EOS might be installed. 

The installation of access points to the EOS at the ground level could occur with varying degrees of presence in the home and with varying degrees of investment from a particular home owner.  In this sense, the home owner could invest a considerable degree of capital in customizing this interface and purchasing products that extend from it in order to create a highly entertaining space that is linked with the broader operating system.  Doing so would continue the trend of spending large sums on installing home entertainment and computer systems, as well as the trending popularity of reality television, by creating access points that connect to real spaces elsewhere in the EOS rather than to strictly imaginary spaces.  Such spaces might nevertheless remain fictitious and driven by a produced narrative.  At the same time, the resident could opt to let the system take care of the investment and even the outfitting of the room around that interface.  This might lead to something that would be akin to a room in one’s home that is “sponsored.”  Such “sponsorship” would not necessarily create a public showroom in one’s home, but it would create a space that one is not entirely responsible for.  The style would evolve based on what the sponsor hopes to encourage the resident to purchase for their home or do during the day.  In this sense, it would involve extending the advertisement that is transmitted through networks to the walls of the room itself.  In doing so, the predominance of the network and the attention it demands from the resident would be diminished. 

This space would be connected to similar spaces in homes of a particular resident’s friends.  In this sense, they would not be entirely public, but would represent an intensification of a social network that already exists.  In extreme cases – especially those where the suburban population is struggling to maintain the suburban lifestyle as a result of rising energy costs and declining wages – a particular company might come to sponsor the entire house.  In such cases, the first floor of the home might become increasingly productive for that company.  This space might ultimately become understood as a Creative Commerce Typology.  In this context, this typology would seek to organize the creative hobbies that suburbanites might engage in without an aspiration to market their skills or allow those skills to enter a dialogue with those who share similar interests.  The result would be a new center of production akin to cottage industries of the past – albeit without exploitation and under the control of the maker.  Ultimately, such spaces of creative commerce might be strategically integrated with corporate offices in order to reduce time and energy spent traveling.

In addition to increasing the functionality of spaces within a given home, a Suburban EOS would have to put a considerable amount of dormant land to work by using it for agriculture.  These interstitial spaces would be used to grow food and would be managed by the broader Suburban Agricultural EOS.  As is the case with the Urban Agricultural EOS, this food could be consumed locally or distributed to different points that have yet to adopt an EOS.  The use of this space could contribute significantly to a sense of local identity and stewardship, ultimately creating opportunities for individuals who are largely isolated in the suburbs to share ownership of a productive resource that is directly beneficial to their health and capable of contributing to regional health.  The result would be a condition where a resident would be able to walk a short distance to a community market that distributes locally produced food as well as products from other parts of the Agricultural EOS. 

While the modular building system and agricultural system would help to reduce the need to travel, it is important to continue to encourage suburbanites to travel to the city as their primary gathering space.  In this sense, the Suburban EOS should influence the Urban EOS by encouraging increasing numbers of spaces within the city that are conducive to suburbanites.  Such spaces, however, should not pander to a limited conception of the suburban resident.  Instead, they should be bridges that help both urban and suburban groups understand the differences and benefits of each lifestyle.  Moreover, as the location from which the Modular Building System and the EOS originate, it should be conducive to helping suburbanites explore and contribute to the generative process of the various systems.  In this sense, encouraging travel from the suburbs to the city for special occasions rather than as a general practice would help to restore the urban setting as the site of general political organization and influence.  Moreover, it would solidify the urban space as the site that anchors regional identity as a summation of both the urban and suburban rather than as a site that stands in opposition to the values of the suburbs.

2) Suburban EOS – The Health of the Economy and Ecology

            As it currently stands, the health of the suburbs is subject to great variety depending on the specific suburb that one is investigating.  Many suburbs continue to attract new residents, home prices continue to climb, and the schools excel at providing students with a stellar education that prepares them to enter a respected college or university.  At the same time, others are failing as the strength of the middle class  continues to decline.  As a result, it is important to create an EOS that is able to address the varying economic and ecologic health of a community across similar land use strategies.  Such a system would have to introduce spaces and programs that stem the tide of falling home prices by creating real value through new jobs driven by new skills and general innovation.  At the same time, these programs and spaces would have to be linked to suburbs and particular needs of those suburbs that continue to attract wealth in order to create a market for future innovation. 

            A new Suburban EOS should consider the possibility that the cost of living in the suburbs will rise gradually as the cost of energy continues to increase.  As the trend to be more culturally and socially engaged in face-to-face interactions increases, the desirability of remote living locations will decrease.  The increase in the cost of living does not necessarily mean that property prices will also increase.  They may in fact decline if demand drops as fewer people are able to afford a high cost of living.  At the same time, a desire will remain for wealthy individuals to maintain a suburban lifestyle.  In this context, a Suburban EOS might support the refinement of a suburban neighborhood by reducing the elements that comprise it – with particular attention to strip malls and other ecologically unsustainable entities.  The result would be to reduce the suburbs to its most essential and memorable.  The EOS might go so far as to support and organize a restoration and representation and even endowment that solidifies the uniqueness of a particular suburb.  The result would be a Suburban Entertainment EOS that supports a particular brand of tourism.  Such an EOS might turn the entire landscape into a stage that works through its connection to local media as well as through its connection to particular brands, sponsors, and trades.

            In addition to the restoration and refinement of the image of a particular neighborhood, it is important for the EOS to support bridges to opportunities beyond the suburbs.  Such opportunities might be organized in centers of innovation that are part of the Urban EOS.  At the same time, they could begin to repurpose sections of decommissioned malls.  Such centers might be marketed to different age groups and would appear as something between a mall, school, and movie theater.  In doing so, the EOS would need to enter a dialogue with the existing stakeholders who build and manage these typologies.  The extreme amount of capital that is at stake is both an advantage that might create room to pivot in a new direction and a barrier that must be surpassed by convincing the current stakeholders that capital invested in real estate will not only be preserved, but will be enhanced through the programmatic draw of new spaces that brings a new group of users into the space. 

In this sense, if an EOS is to be successful, we must convince stakeholders that if they do not explore alternative strategies for profiting from malls and theaters, the capital will loose value and ultimately contribute to a collapse of the market in general.  Convincing the stakeholders of this need to explore new typologies would in fact be a function of the Suburban EOS itself.  It would engage in representing the data required to make convincing arguments, be a vehicle by which players can organize, be a repository of information about the process, and ultimately be a way of connecting success in one location to a new location that may have an entirely different set of stakeholders.  In order to begin this process, current stakeholder need to begin to take on increasing investment in culture and innovation.  This might occur through installing small theater companies, archives, and long-term socially engaged art installations.  This work would have to occur in connection to a broader cultural network supported by the EOS.  In some cases, it might occur through the leadership of a celebrated artist who offers a particular through-line that activates spaces that otherwise might be quite boring.

3) Suburban EOS – The Social Character

            The suburban demographic has a strong desire to maintain control, safety, efficiency, and, in some cases, homogeneity.  As a result, a Community Organizing EOS would have to be tailored to each community in order to enhance these goals.  Such a system would be capable of providing considerable data on how the suburb is functioning both economically, ecologically, and socially.  It would make it possible to understand the in-put and out-put of the suburb and, as a result, to create new ways of enhancing efficiency and general wealth.  Suburbanites are often willing to pay for services that increase efficiency and the success of the community.  As a result, these managerial services should be the first services to be marketed and developed in suburban markets.  In doing so, it should become apparent to the user how this system allows them to reduce fees that they might pay elsewhere for such services.  In addition, we should appeal to a deep desire of the suburbanite to have an efficient management system that covers the region.  This strategy and the EOS itself would help residents feel that they are doing the most possible for the economy and the ecology. 

            In addition, it would help them feel that they are on the cutting edge of social and spatial development.  In this sense, we should appeal to a desire of residents to be the first suburb to have the system and to be the first to be integrated with the Urban, Town, and National EOS.  Such integration might create opportunities for youth living in the suburbs to experience different situations.  In this sense, the safety of the suburbs could be preserved while creating routes by which the homogeneity of a suburb might begin to be questioned.  In this sense, the Community Organizing EOS would intersect with the education system.  As the system evolves, it might support opportunities for adults to expand the horizon of which they are aware and participate in.

4) Suburban EOS – The Energy Behind the Space

            The suburbs are largely sustained by the continual addition of new housing stock, the constant demand for consumer goods sold through shopping malls, and the flow of income from outside of the suburbs.  A Suburban EOS should not deny the importance of this model, but should recognize that it is contingent on continued extraction and transformation of raw materials that will become increasingly scarce, hard to extract, and expensive.  In doing so, we should consider how shopping malls can become sites that sell sustainable products such as culture and ways that the experience of the mall can become increasingly distributed throughout the community so that it becomes less essential to travel by car.  In spreading the mall throughout the community, it will be important to continue to make use of large scale socially engaged artworks in order to pull together interest from the community and activate space.

            The shift from a strictly consumer goods based economy largely linked to wealth derived from corporate America to an economy that includes the presence of cultural goods with a physical presence in the landscape would have to rest on an intensification of the story behind the suburbs.  In this sense, the Suburban Entertainment EOS would have to find ways of creating scenes and situations supported by the entertainment industry as real sites that can be encountered in the world.  Doing so would facilitate additional productivity and returns from real estate that is used for just one function and film production equipment that is confined to sound stages.  The result might be a landscape that allows for increasing ambiguity between being an audience member and being an actor.  Moreover, it might create a landscape that draws greater attention than the average suburban tract of land.  Those who participate in such a landscape would ultimately be afforded greater connection to the national and international network of spaces and people who could help them pursue an acting, entrepreneurial, or technical career.

            Just as we pursue a diversification of the energy that goes into inflating the suburbs, we should also explore how an EOS can help to situate a home in the suburbs in relationship to a home in the city country – both in terms of how a single home relates to others and in terms of owning multiple homes.  We should do so by representing the energy required to sustain one, two, three or more homes, the social implications of such a network of homes, and the overall economic impact.  In this sense, we should represent how the suburban home can play an integral part of a broader network of dwelling rather than remaining an isolated entity that is cut-off from urban and national issues.  In doing so, we might enhance the value of these connections across the landscape and between demographic groups by programming those connections with media other than the radio, existing music, or a book on tape.  In this sense, we should use the Entertainment EOS to organize and represent the various durations between points within the suburbs, between the suburbs and the city, and the new tableaux that are created as the suburbs are transformed through new land use strategies.  Such a platform would allow artists to imagine new forms of expression that would call attention to a particular aspect of the site and to engage the community in the process.

5) Suburban EOS – The Jobs and Industry

            Unlike with the introduction of an EOS into an Urban setting, the introduction in the suburbs would not create a large number of new types of jobs. Instead, the EOS would enhance the desirability of the community and increase the efficiency by which it operates.  The result would be to sustain the current jobs that exist within the community while helping employees whose jobs are eliminated through the transformation find employment in new jobs supported by the EOS.  As was noted earlier, some of these jobs might be a result of enhancing existing activities that are currently undertaken as a hobby.  The result would be to capture more casual labor within a common market supported by the EOS that in turn would generate greater revenue within a community that in turn would lead to greater purchasing power.  Many of these new jobs might be working for the constellation of companies that creates the EOS. 

            The subscription of the suburban demographic is essential to infusing a considerable amount of capital into Naught Company in order to support the success of the EOS.  As a result, those living in the suburbs would have increasing opportunities to support the creation of jobs elsewhere that might be outlets for their own future employment.  In doing so, we should actively look for ways that an ownership stake in the EOS can be sold to wealthy suburban residents in order to solidify their interest in what will ultimately become a national system.  In doing so, we will enhance access to capital that will allow for rapid expansion of the EOS.

6) Suburban EOS – The Demographics and Densities

            The density of housing will remain largely unchanged by the introduction of an EOS.  The density of land use, however, will be altered as land is used for agriculture, artworks, and distributed shopping malls.  As the suburb is refined in order to focus on historically significant buildings, existing sprawl might be reduced and density decreased.  The result would be to create more room between suburbs that might be used for entertainment and recreation.  At the same time, an EOS would support children and seniors through additional connectivity.

            An EOS would support the integration of different socio-economic groups through opportunities to introduce new housing solutions through the modular building system.  Value will be generated by a system that is applicable to an urban as well as suburban population.  It will go a long way to showing that the fate of these different groups is deeply intertwined and that it can be addressed on terms other than those that have driven the debate via political and socio-cultural terms.  The result will be a less defensive demographic that is more willing to trust different groups.  They will set an example for the country more broadly. 

7) Sub-Urban EOS – The Overall Capacity

The suburban EOS will become a source of capital that propels parts of the country.  It will generate the interest of one group in the fate of another by creating a system and set of products that are of interest to both.  Ultimately, it will balance the expenditure of energy by allocating more to the developing while creating instruments whereby the investors see considerable return by making the system more energy efficient.  In addition, an EOS will create the market force to digitize and refine the marketplace that currently dominates the suburbs.  In order to do so, we must convince suburbanites that introduction an EOS in to the suburbs will be a gateway to addressing a broader cisis facing the country.

III. Town EOS

In making the shift from the scale of the suburb to that of the small town, we should pause to consider the political implications of these systems.  These considerations are driven by the spatial changes that will occur, the jobs that will be created, and the elimination of the logjam – one centered around the relationship between large corporate structures, local sites of production, the social views of particular groups, and the government – that has crippled the economy.  These considerations are precipitated by the shift in scale.  An EOS is a tool that allows us to explore a radical re-imagination of how space is used.  The shift in scale of the EOS creates new opportunities for the different companies that will come to comprise the system.  It is ultimately contingent on the capacity to actualize a marketing plan that convinces the average resident of the merits of the system. 

Such an argument will have to occur on terms very different than those used here to engage the situation in an academic manner with the hope that this alternative way of telling the story, building allegiance, and executing a plan will bring more joy and capacity to make things that brings others joy and for which they are willing to pay and work.  It will rest on illustrating the lack of direction that the city, suburb, town, region, and nation have found.  There are few innovative ideas and we are deadlocked.  Culture is stagnant and overly determined by auction houses or locked within the fortunes of artists from the recent past who are examples of the concrete accumulation of surplus capital.  Such artists could be represented by who and what has gone into creating them.  This capital is vested in their person and could be put to work.  In this sense, we should be as creative as possible when looking for capital to fund the future of the city.

At the same time, it is a function of a need to consider how to sustain a structure that manages this overall integration of stakeholders and space.  Ultimately, we must rely on this structure to accumulate considerable political and economic power and to remain neutral through the process.  In this sense, we must remain focused on the capacity building and space generation rather than on ideological issues.  We must refuse to practice and waste energy in such a sphere.  Ultimately, this course of action might serve as a guide for politicians who choose to engage in direct action.  It would define a new pragmatism that allows government to be in better dialogue with business and industry.  It is for this reason that we are considering the potential for an EOS to benefit farms, towns, locations rich with minerals, the scale at which these minerals are refined, and the location of the markets in which they are sold.  These considerations are a means of accounting for the aspects of what has driven the economy in the past and created the image of the world.  It is a specific manner of recasting the urban and suburban economy on a larger scale.

Business and industry would be integrated with government through direct engagement with production capacities rather than via lobbying behind issues that obscure the underlying productive capacity that they ultimately intend to serve.  In this sense, “the political” is understood via how government relates to the regulation and support of the economy, space, and capacity to thrive.  We are excluding social, foreign, tax, and health care policy.  Many of the debates that drive these categories have come to include everything that is going to be said and should be confined to a realm of society or government that has less impact on our capacity to produce things and space.  The result will allow us to save a great deal of time that might be wasted on such issues in order to concentrate on a collective effort to convert the country into a lean living machine.  The industry that results will ultimately infuse new life into existing sectors by driving demand for products.

This process will take place via the introduction of innovation center.  These centers will institutionalize the introduction of artwork at an early stage of new real estate developments and of the EOS more broadly.  Diffuse creative energy will drive a desire to venture beyond the limits of the city in order to encounter new experiences.  Many of these experiences will be tied recording and elaborating on the production of new space itself.  These spaces will create new strategies for going beyond the current mode of home improvement.  Such strategies will develop new technologies, spaces, art, and jobs that create room to tell a new story fueled by the EOS.  To a certain extent, this utopia will advocate “resettling” the county by actively taking responsibility for the energy that is required to maintain it, the image that represents it, and the capacities that it supports.  This utopia will be fueled by an economy and marketplace for change in the built environment and the products that enable it.  Such an economy will fortify the current general economy and create a path forward.

The most utopian evolution of this economy would support innovation of how the built domain supports the body and how this support leads to a broader economy centered around the body.  This economy would grow from the new capacities that result from artists engaged in opening new spaces of concentration and healing that is related to often traumatic history that so many disinvested neighborhoods in cities face.  It would be fueled by vastly increasing the capacity of the body through meditation, yoga, healthy eating, cooking, learning how to live better, and general imagination.  In this sense, it raises the question of how innovation might be sustained and the extent to which the body might play a critical role.  We cannot merely keep adding spaces and teaching basic skills.  It must be a means of educating that mediates the introduction to and creation of space via an EOS.  Doing so will create unique routes for different demographics that offer different degrees of imagination, novelty, and demands on the body that lead to a new ease of living.

1) Town EOS – The Size of the Land

            The towns that might benefit from an EOS to are repeated at many points across many states.  They were propelled into existence by land grants and the development of new railroads linking these nodes within the network to large urban centers.  They were sustained by the farmland that surrounded and a relatively inexpensive cost of living.  Ultimately, a new operating system would have to address the consolidation of these farms, the rising cost of farming that limits independent farmers, and the rising cost of living that places a burden on the small businesses that serve these farmers. 

            An EOS might begin to address this situation by creating tools that local farmers and business owners can use in order to manage resources, share knowledge, and increase efficiency.  In addition, an EOS might map the current use, products, and efficiency of the land by bringing together existing data in a single location.  Doing so might create a more accurate picture of the situation that in turn might allow new businesses interested in investing in the town a better idea of how to do so.  Businesses that have a capacity to integrate remote teams into the existing workflow might, as a result, establish satellite facilities.  Sections of towns could be turned into small campuses that are innovation and production centers.  Such centers could be training sites for a class of students who may have recently entered the workforce.  These students could learn a set of highly specialized skills that would allow them to thrive in the broader company after their time at the innovation center.  This period would help them to pay off student debt by being paid an urban highly skilled wage while living within the context of low cost rural housing. 

These centers might ultimately support chefs, artists, and retailers who produce services associated with a young urban lifestyle that is attractive to a class of students.  The result would support a revitalization of the town by creating opportunities for digital companies to invest in locations that would not have made sense without the existence of an EOS.  The upside for these companies would not only be training programs that are tailored to the highly specific skills that they require, but a social benefit that enhances their brand image and a capacity to work directly in the formation of the EOS.  In many cases, it would allow these companies to expand their capacity to directly engage in the coding of space.  Ultimately, it would increase the possibility that our entire energy consumption might be digitally rendered, networked, analyzed, and made efficient.

            In coming to address the huge scale of the land, the Modular Building EOS would have to offer products that were suited to retrofitting local buildings in order to make them energy efficient while at the same time offering products that can bridge larger distances.  In this sense, it would be important to consider additional typologies and programs such as long walking paths connecting small towns, corporate commerce, racetracks, biking routes, and large scale art installations among others.  These typologies would compliment dwelling, recreation, and gathering typologies that have been specifically tailored to their introduction in the town setting.  Such typologies would lead to additional products that might ultimately be manufactured locally.

2) Town EOS – The Health of the Economy and Ecology

These innovation centers will lead to an improvement in the ability to find sources of investment for new projects within these towns.  Moreover, they will direct attention at these spaces and make the argument that more time should be spent just looking at the space that we inhabit – getting to know the city, state, region, and country in as much detail as possible.  As a result, focused attention will be  created that supports an opening to new ways of developing and managing space.  In many ways, it will be a generous offer of support from companies that have in some cases contributed to the decline of the viability of small towns.  It will be an offer of assistance from those involved in developing the Urban and Suburban EOS.  The result will be an enhanced investment structure that reduces the tension between different locations that so often are represented as at odds by the media.

We will offer the actual residents of these towns access to an EOS that is designed to understand their needs and desires.  The result would create new coalitions of local individuals and external investors who together could break the dominance of a particular corporation over an area.  The EOS would help to re-introduce a local economy of production and small business owners.  Although we are creating a bridge from large corporate structures, this process could be financed by the very structures that these new companies will replace.  It would allow for a gradual transition from large farms to family farms that support a group of people and are invested locally in the stewardship of the land.  This process will be facilitated by the management services provided by the EOS via a catalog of goods and services that provides access to the tools required to thrive in this new economy.  It would ultimately support a broader regional interest that might provoke wealthy urbanites to take a trip downstate to have a memorable dinner on a farm sponsored by a Google campus.

3) Town EOS – The Social Character

The exchange between larger corporations and small towns might break the relative homogeneity of these towns and create opportunities for those who are unhappy or ill-suited to living within these towns to thrive elsewhere.  In doing so, we will infuse the entire space with new energy.  This will require a digital interface as a Community Organizing EOS that is capable of providing a wide range of services and skills across a large area.  It will create a network of locations that support the physical aspect of acquiring these services.  It will lead to a high degree of accountability for those who are working to improve their capacity to work and learn.  In this sense, the EOS would create a long-term career management system for workers.  Such workers would be organized based on their interest and course of education rather than via some adherence to a conceptual framework that exists at the level of the superstructure.  This would allow us to create a renewed capacity to share in collective knowledge and to organize the distribution of these services so that they are not devalued, alienated, and appropriated.

4) Town EOS – The Energy Behind the Space

Industrial farming and its supporting companies, big box outlets, and regional infrastructure companies, are currently the predominant energy that inflates the broad land mass.  Little energy is going into supporting the continuation and development of town centers that contribute to an ability to live a vivid and compelling life.  The story that once made these spaces inspiring has all but ceased to have any purchase.  Moreover, it has become increasingly rare for small towns to produce artists whose works resonates nationally and internationally.  As a result, we need to create programs to reinvest in imagination.  Such investment could occur via a Town Entertainment EOS that takes particular advantage of the open space surrounding these centers.  Ultimately, the through-line of these stories might be guided by a documentation and elaboration upon a return of control of the land to a new set of local entrepreneurs.

The demand for this EOS would be supported by the investment being made in new innovation centers as well as by the interest that urban and suburban communities might have.  Just as was the case with the suburbs, it might be possible to refine the image of the town such that it is reduced to a set of historically relevant elements that anchor a new story in the poetic remnants of the past.  A reduction of the inefficiencies that have come to define the present mode of living might, in turn, anchor a new narrative that aims to teach people how to live with less reliance on unsustainable sources of energy.

5) Town EOS – The Jobs and Industry

The innovation centers that might be created by large corporations would be the primary source of new jobs.   These innovation centers might become focal points for other companies that want to test new agricultural, biological, artistic, commercial, or industrial products.  The quiet context outside of the city would make them attractive sites for companies that want a focused workforce.  At the same time, their isolation would be ideal for testing products that a company is not ready to introduce to the broader market.  The introduction of these new jobs would help support existing industries as well as serve to revitalize the demand for local housing.  In addition, the retrofitting of these homes with the Modular Building EOS would support jobs in urban centers where those parts are manufactured.

6) Town EOS – The Demographics and Densities

            The capacity of an EOS to represent and enhance the historic character of a community could be used to support the core demographic as custodians of this character.  It might do so by creating vehicles to record the specific attributes that define this character while creating ways for this character to thrive by understanding the specific capacities for work and insight that are associated.  In doing so, those who are seen as the positive aspects of this character might be encouraged to teach others while those who are a negative force might be encouraged to embrace these local education opportunities or find opportunity elsewhere within the EOS.  In this sense, it might be the case that densities increase as the chronically unemployed and children migrate to denser settings with greater opportunities.

At the same time, the introduction of an EOS to the town is a chance to deploy the various sub-systems in their most utopian form.  The result would be a space that is attractive to – and even generative of – a very different demographic than currently lives in these towns.  Part of this would occur through the introduction of innovation centers that attract people who might otherwise be prone to live in a city.  Such a utopian deployment of the EOS would cover territory in a strategic and expansive manner.  It would introduce an elegant contemporary system that cuts through and preserves the rigid lines of the historic architecture.  It would support new vistas that literally attract and allow for a new demographic to see a large tract of land in order to think at the scale of the city.  The ability to think at this scale will support innovation that is impossible to conceive within a closed laboratory or technology incubator.  By connecting these spaces to the broader support system of the EOS as comprised of industry leaders who were drawn together in order to intervene in dire urban and sub-urban conditions, the ideas that emerge will have a route by which they can become new products and services.

7) Town EOS – The Overall Capacity

The capacity of the town EOS is tied to the implications of shifting to a scale that ultimately encompasses all the various elements that support urban life.  It is tied to the ambition of creating a systematic EOS that accounts for the production and inhabitation of space at the scale of the city itself.    It represents the very possibility that capital could be mobilized at this scale.  The result of this accounting for the surface, space, and their construction is an ability to support increased integration of the country that embraces difference and eliminates inefficiencies.

The EOS as a whole becomes a resonant surface that makes it possible for an event to echo across and between levels and spheres of investment and operation.  Through this integration across scales, the EOS maximizes its potential to take on meaning and lead to change.  At the same time, it is understood and manipulated via how it is divided as part of a much larger space and via what that broader space is thought to be and what it is capable of.  At the same time, it marks the capacity of the system to be applicable to everyone who currently contributes either positively or negatively to the economy.  It is a system that is primarily a leveling device and that earns its reason for existence and primary support form this capacity to open a new exchange that ultimately will lead to a new efficient market for products and systems.

IV. Regional EOS

Shifting to the scale of the region involves accepting a new expansiveness.  It points to an inherent abstraction that is the result of land that is often uncultivated on the surface, the limited human inhabitation, and the extreme cost of making investments that have implications at this scale.  It marks a shift in the quality of our investment from housing, gathering, and production spaces to connecting arteries such as trains, electrical lines, rivers, roads, airports, telephones, internet cables, and satellites.  Together, these arteries deliver the life blood of all the interiors that have been described in the sections about the City, Suburb, and Town.  In many ways, these arteries are responsible both for the existence of the various nodes at the particular locations at which we find them and for the gradual demise of the viability of those locations.  The result is a need to re-imagine how those lines are activated, where they lead, how they are connected to a global condition, the types of vehicles that travel along these lines, and how they are connected to the generation of a broader image.

1) Regional EOS – The Size of the Land

The viability of the lines of connection need to be strengthened.  An EOS should be able to accurately describe the energy involved in each line and how that energy relates to the broader economy and ecology.  This capacity would allow us to balance the relationship between water, rail, road, and internet in order to reduce the burden on certain pieces of infrastructure while creating new opportunities to invest in more efficient means of supply and distribution.  In doing so, we should actively look for new companies in order to make the process more efficient.  Such companies might come to include those that enhance the longevity and strength of existing and new arteries.  At the same time, we should look at what routes could be eliminated through producing products at a local center of production.  The result would be to reduce strain and maintenance.

At the same time, we must acknowledge the regional scale as a natural condition that exists beyond our need and capacity to control it.  In this sense, a Regional EOS should help us to understand the simple existence of the landscape that we have inherited.  It is an ecology that we can live alongside and off of which we can live peacefully.   In this sense, we should encourage regional community organizing and housing systems that help to educate and support an aspiration to live off the land en-mass.  Although this might lead to general seclusion, such dwellings would be connected to a network of those engaged with this lifestyle.

At the same time, the regional scale introduces the source of the mineral wealth that goes into so many of the products that fuel the broader system.  It fuels  the various factories that propel the transformation of raw material into something that can be used to build a future city.  In doing so, we should rely on the stakeholders that control these sites of extraction and refinement to contribute to a representation of these spaces within the EOS.  In doing so, we would gain a better picture of what actually constitutes the economy instead of merely relying on data that describes jobs, wages, quarterly earnings, sales, exports, imports, capital holdings, reserves, etc… as a means of measuring the health of the economy.  From this picture, we might be able to understand how inefficiencies and redundancies can be eliminated and how re-investment in new initiatives might occur in the process.  For this process to be successful, the Regional Community Organizing EOS would have to create a network and coalition of these stakeholders before securing their commitment to a process of re-imagination that might ultimately intersect with a Regional Entertainment EOS.

2) Regional EOS – The Health of the Economy and Ecology

            Regional health is largely contingent on the wealth of the soil, the extent of mineral deposits, the ability to take advantage of the wealth of the soil and deposits, the regulation and subsides that influence the process, the health of nodes within the region, the health of the local workforce, and the overall health of the nation in which the region sits.  As the climate continues to change, regions face increasing pressure to adequately irrigate the land and must look for new means of retrieving mineral resources while at the same time looking for alternative means of producing energy that is less expensive and more beneficial to the environment.  We should utilize systems that increase the efficiency of extraction and utilization of the land.

            In order to so, a Regional EOS should take into account the long-term depletion of resources in order to support a gradual transition to a new economy that would ensure the viability of the region.  The EOS would register and guide a transition that will reinvest capital that is tied to current extraction structures.  The EOS will seek to understand how extraction can occur in a strategic manner such that the products that are created as a result are themselves increasingly used to support new efficient means of production.  The result would be a system that is better suited to mapping the real mineral resources that are available in order to create an accurate picture of the latent wealth of a region, the cost of transforming that wealth, and how this transformation has real benefits for as many people as possible.  This picture might then be used to allocate resources and drive the location at which people live.

            At the same time, a Regional Recreation and Entertainment EOS might support a renewed interest in visiting regions of a given country.  Such regional tourism would encourage an inspection of the wealth and resources of a region by those who might live a great distance away.  This inspection would at on one hand increase the oversight of large corporations who might be engaged in activities that are detrimental to the long-term health of the region.  At the same time, it might create opportunities for individuals to imagine new uses for such resources.  It would allow them to crisscross the region and indulge in stories that might arise out of traveling over compelling land that is gripped with the gradual introduction of these various operating systems.  These activities might loosen a solidification of industry in particular locations.  They might create room for new regional identities based off of new industries that arise to fill demand created through the EOS.  They will lead to regional identity and valuable narrative content.

3) Regional EOS – The Social Character

            A new social character will arise within regions that introduce an EOS.  It will be derived from having founded a new collection of industry and commerce that anchors the region and supports new jobs.  This new regional character will be closely related to how each regional character existed prior to the introduction of the EOS.  Ultimately, it will drive the configuration of the regional entertainment system.  Such an Entertainment System would itself be driven by a shift away from passive entertainment and to active entertainment.  Together, the various sub-systems of the EOS would support a new level of confidence within the region that would allow residents to relate more effectively to each other and to other regions within the nation.

4) Regional EOS – The Energy Behind the Space

            Historically, regions have been driven by a dynamic relationship between individual families and corporations who support the industries that anchor jobs and drive growth of the social, political religious, and cultural institutions that create a full life for those living within a region.  This dynamic relationship holds the territory together.  These power structures are present at all the other levels in which the EOS might come to exist, but they are buried behind more immediate and smaller scale power structures that constitute space.  It is at the abstract level of the map of a region that these structures are brought into focus.  In large part, the reduction to the language of the map and to the language – often rhetorical – that structures power relationships through laws, codes, and traditions allows for a stronger understanding of how the land the systems that sustain them relate.  This relationship highlights the influence of legislation in structuring the energy and power that supports a particular region.  In many cases, legislation at the regional level has a profound influence on the nation itself and what occurs at the urban, suburban, and town scales.

            If we are to introduce a regional EOS, it might at once seek to honor this tradition, while at the same time looking for ways that the EOS can make the process of legislating the production of space more efficient.  Such a system might go so far as to offer local politicians a digital political platform as part of a redevelopment package.  In the context of the region, such a system would account for a large territory that might become subject to specific regulating agreements that govern how the region is used.  Such treaties and codes of conduct would not necessarily be new and the political platforms that arise might remain quite similar to those existing prior to the EOS.  What would change, however, is the capacity to make those codes visible via a platform as a shared space of representation.

            At the same time, we should use an EOS to represent those power structures that have historically supported the region.  Doing so would insist on the general image of a country as an anchor and reserve on which a future can draw.  This image offers a wealth of knowledge for anyone who takes the time to venture deep into a particular corner of history.  It would sustain an identity that is not caught up in attachment to who we are right now, but a nuanced understanding of the experiences and lessons that took place along the way.  Ultimately, it would create the anchors for the space that we inherit.  It would set the locations of the factories in relation to the reserves and the mansions that those factories constructed.  It would allow us to build a narrative space around this legacy that describes who we are and where we are going.  At the same time, it would allow the heirs of this legacy to discover the EOS and how it presents a catalog of new investment options that appear to create profound change and offer a strong return based on novel and yet increasingly applicable economies and aesthetics.  In this sense, the regional EOS would provide an opening to a space where we might reflect on value, understand knowledge, contemplate our future, and probe our origins.  It would, in other words, be a platform supporting philosophy as the discrouse that allows us to make sense of nature and the image that represents it.

5) Regional EOS – The Jobs and Industry

            The Regional EOS will lead to new jobs ­and a representation of all the jobs and the energy that is being expended within the region.  Many of these jobs would be generated through creating transportation vehicles for goods and services that link different parts of the region.  In addition, they would be derived from new ways of building these arteries.  It would, in turn, lead to a new way of representing the country.  It would present news geographically rather than as an extension of entertainment.  It would lead to greater continuity that is ultimately more inclusive.  It would eliminate any energy – especially political – that is being wasted on prejudice and transform that capital via the filtering structure of the EOS into investment capital that can be used to create opportunities for experimentation.  It would increase the capacity to play and to imagine a future.

6) Regional EOS – The Demographics and Densities

            Historically, regions have been southern, northern, hilly, mountainous, desert, arid, marshy, islands, oceanic, tropical, arctic, rich, barren, fertile, beautiful, ugly, and sublime.  These geographic characteristics have led to particular ways of living that are ideally tailored to the local conditions.  The people within the region took on particular characteristics as a result of what had to be done in order to survive.  Moreover, they took on particular characteristics that were a result of the breeding of the generations of people who lived there.  Recent trends in migration and ability to condition the land and environment have led to a drastic alteration of regional identities. 

            In this context, it is important to consider the local knowledge that might be lost along the way and the merits of supporting activities that preserve regional traditions.  Such preservation might take place via a Regional Community Organizing System that allows regions to stand alongside each other in a space at a scale somewhere between the individualized space of social networks and the nationalized space of the State or Federal Government.  This space might be akin to a museum or archive that spans a region and creates opportunities to consider what might be installed in the world in order to preserve the history and write the future.  In this sense, it might be the launching ground for socially engaged artworks that occur at a regional scale.

            A new group will be created in close proximity to the existing regional demographics and as an extension of those working towards representing and increasing efficiency within the region.  Such a group will take attention away from existing points of confrontation or identification that are divisive.  They will relax an allegiance to a broader superstructure that in the end only prolongs and enhances suffering.  The result will be a system that is more attentive to who people and what they can do locally through organization facilitated by the EOS and at a regional and national level.

7) Regional EOS – The Overall Capacity

            The introduction of a Regional EOS will lead to a set of blocks that have a renewed capacity to thrive and support each other through how they are networked.  Regions using an EOS would have increased power on a national stage because of the resulting autonomy and health of the economy.  This enhanced capacity would allow leaders to argue that attention and investment should be directed internally at these renewed capacities rather than to tragedies and repeated signs that progress is stagnant.  Such a focus would be anchored in the successes that this system results in.  Beyond the region, it would set the tone for other countries that might be encouraged to look inwards.  It would encourage a global intensification of investment.  It would convert unproductive dormant capital into projects that might lead to real jobs that might begin to break ideological deadlocks elsewhere.

V. National EOS

An operating system that exists at the scale of the nation cannot, as has been the case in the past, draw its cohesive force from the distribution of uniform spaces, types, materials, objects, and programs across a vast distance.  Moreover, it cannot rely on controlling an integrated network of extraction and consumption.  Instead, it must rest on a restoration of the validity and strength of the historical narrative that defined these spaces to begin with.  It would not do so in an absolute sense, but in how it is sold and the active terms that are engaged through the perseverance of the current players.  Moreover, it would not occur as a vulgar advertising image, but as a genuine World Image as a capacity that is inaugurated at the regional scale and matures at that national

A National EOS would be the primary means of recognizing the diversity of spaces that compose the country.  This diversity is often obscured by the mediated image of the world.  A National EOS would generate a nuanced world image.  Such an image would counter trends of homogenization and instead reflect a deep and differentiated collection of spaces, people, and activities.  It would exist in different media and at different scales.  In many ways, such an image would be a rediscovery of historic sources and methods of describing the world.  It would allow us to build a future image through the image of the past, rather than via a distorted present.  In order to do so, we would have to carefully look for opportunities to restore some of the ways of living life and making things.  This is in no way to suggest a return to isolationism.  It is merely to consider how techniques that were prevalent before globalization took hold might be reintroduced as part of a global network.  We would have to look for ways of putting the land to work towards the benefit of subscribers of the EOS rather than of subscribers of a broad corporate structure.  Part of this effort would involve reclaiming land that has been lost to concrete and decay.  In doing so, we would create opportunities for a new generation of people to become involved in shaping the country. 

A National EOS must be actively engaged in not just representing energy, residents, products, services, communities, and entertainment, but of broad interest groups that exist at the scale of the nation.  In this sense, we must begin to actively invest in large-scale representation structures.  We must make them more efficient and increasingly locally distributed.  The result would be a National EOS that is fueled by manufacturing modular systems to retrofit the built environment, agricultural systems that make better use of dormant land, digital control systems that support organization and management of resources, representational systems that visualize the process, entertainment and recreation systems that enhance the joy that citizens get from the space they live in, and funding systems that propel the process.  Such a network would support the integration of space and the differentiation of how that space is used through actively representing the process.  It would lead to a system equipped with a platform that would render a world image that reflects the real time production and health of the economy and ecology.  This system would be capable of challenging the dominance of current representational systems.  As existing stakeholders migrate their interest to an EOS, it would come to play an active role in how the country is shaped and, in doing so, take some of the burden off of systems that are overloaded and ill-equipped to manage the present situation.

1) National EOS – The Size of the Land

A National EOS should enhance the activities that occur at nodes across the country.  It should fight consolidation of these nodes by creating and supporting the large infrastructure that the various localities need.  This support should occur beyond the physical infrastructure that might be supported at the regional level.  Instead, it should occur via support that is built up through inter-industry alliances that gather knowledge, build robust funding and management alliances, and contribute to the ability to build on past success of competitors rather than remaining secretive and locked in intense competition.  An investment bank, accounting firm, or production studio might facilitate such expertise.  An EOS should specifically support these groups such that they are not strictly driven by immediate profit, but instead earn their wages via benchmarks that measure the progress of the country that the EOS serves.  In many ways, these groups would serve as a regulating force that operates behind the operating systems at other scales.  It would be the realm in which deals would be negotiated, alliances would form, and the connections that of the country enhanced and broadened.

These regulating and financing groups would ultimately constitute a National Community Organizing EOS.  The members of the groups would collaborate in drawing the big lines on the map that clarify boundaries and organize space so that it can be used efficiently.  They would have to seek to stem the sprawl that has taken the force and capacity out of space to sustain humans directly.  These efforts would begin to rebalance the unfettered free-market mentality that has driven economic development of the last half century with the need to create protected zones in which products and services that have tremendous potential to benefit a local community can thrive.  At the same time, the broad lines that are drawn on the map would come to represent the flow of goods, people, ideas, stories, traditions, and power.  They would reduce the opacity of how a country works and create more opportunities for people to offer insight as to how it might work better.  In this sense, they would facilitate and describe a real social network of people that hold the space of a nation together.  Such men and women would be brought together as they become friends who collaborate on creating an EOS.  They would be drawn together by the noble nature of this pursuit.

2) National EOS – The Health of the Economy and Ecology

The National EOS should be driven by a commitment to improve the health of the current national system.  It would account for resources and energy.  Moreover, it would inaugurate increased information sharing.  This information would be linked to  the manufacturing of the modular components that are used to retrofit and build out the various spaces of the EOS.  The result would allow the EOS to become increasingly efficient through influencing every level of production and consumption via the information that is gathered along the way.  In this sense, the National EOS is an extension of the Modular Building System.  At the scale of the Nation, however, the limits in which the system operates run from one coast of the country to the other.

            In this sense, the National EOS would support future initiatives that draw on a long tradition of building projects funded by the Federal Government that have consequences at the scale of the nation.  Dams, military bases, roads, space programs, and national parks might all be the inspiration for future initiatives.  Unlike these infrastructure projects funded by a government, future projects might be less focused on energy and defense, and more on supporting happiness and understanding that provide the reason for men and women to want to defend a country and expend energy.  In this sense, they might support the revitalization of the parks system via private initiatives, entertainment events that occur at a national scale, and increasing connectivity between educational and cultural organizations in order to share knowledge and eliminate redundancy and inefficiency.  At the same time, it might support initiatives such as space exploration or scientific research whose immediate aim and guarantee of success is not clear – and thus difficult to support via a deadlocked government – but that nevertheless supports our capacity to dream and may even lead to unexpected discoveries or new technologies.  It would result in alleviating the unnecessarily high burden that we place on the government.

The National EOS would lead to a new managerial capacity that could influence how other sectors are managed and the capacity for those sectors to provide compatible data.  It would ultimately make it possible to model the economy in real time.  This would occur not just through how stocks are doing or via quarterly profit or units sold, but directly via material transformation that runs form extraction through installation in the home.  It would be aware of all the sub-processes that are sponsored along the way.  In this sense, it would account for the jobs that are created, the profit that results, and the purchasing power that is generated in those who are employed by these processes.  Such a system would make it possible to consciously opt for ways of doing things – setting up or reducing boundaries, choosing one route versus another, making the product with one material versus another, etc… – that lead to more processes and jobs.

3) National EOS – The Social Character

The social character generated by the National EOS ultimately relies on the macro stories that go far beyond the specific encounters that drive local exploration and re-imagination of a world image.  Such stories are derived from family histories and larger than life personalities that captivate a nation’s imagination.  These stories come together via a National Entertainment System that like those of the urban, suburban, town, and region will support a trend away from passive consumption of entertainment and to active consumption.  This shift will enhance the imaginative capacity of the individual, increase their physical exercise, and get them out of the house and into the world where they can engage each other and products that they might consume.  In order for this system to work, it must take on increasing prominence and publicity.  It should expand from the existing structure of national holidays in order to create new opportunities for exhibition and participation that would be expressed in multiple languages, styles, and scales.  Such events would echo across the surface of the world image.  They would resonate in the cultural and general economy in order to provoke motion, attract energy, and generate unexpected products, services, and places.

A National Entertainment EOS might unite groups of people beyond social and racial tensions.  It might eliminate energy otherwise wasted on prejudice.  In this sense, it would support the descent of a superstructure – the representation of that prejudice via media – that has been invested with considerable energy and capital that proliferates prejudice by fueling the need for this mediated image to continue.  It would allow various groups a greater capacity to control this representation through how the media appears, who makes the media, where it is made, and how it is packaged for consumption.  It ultimately would lead to a revision of television, film, and theater networks towards a more participatory form of entertainment.  Such entertainment would not necessarily have to favor amateurism.  Major studios, celebrities, and style companies could remain involved in the production of this spectacle.

4) National EOS – The Energy Behind the Space

Exploration, dwelling, and war have been the primary needs that have driven the requisition and expenditure of energy at a national level.  In doing so, a particular identity attached to a nation is created.  Today, we should rely on the image of a carbon neutral lifestyle as the anchor of our identity.  This image should permeate every aspect of our life and policy.  It should drive how we relate to each other and to other nations.  A National EOS should actively paint a picture of a nation as the guarantor of this style of living as well as the economy and ecology that results.  It would support peace and create a clear and transparent logic of how non-citizens can gain access, participate in this attractive image, and ultimately represent how the number who can come on board is contingent on the proliferation of the EOS within and beyond the limits of a nation.  The capacity to support life is contingent on the extent to which the EOS eliminates inefficiency of energy expenditure.  This need is particularly evident in the context of maintaining conflicts that show little chance of resolution and that are in large part merely placeholders that maintain a material representation of a power relationship – both social, artistic, and economic – that would vanish if the conflict ended.  Such vanishing would likely not lead to the appearance of a new relationship, but instead general chaos.  These situations are waiting for a viable alternative as a new logic of representation. 

This logic of representation should be guided by aesthetics rather than politics.  In this sense, a National EOS should promote opportunities for socially engaged artists to work within conflict zones to see through the opacity of entrenched positions in order to increase efficiency.  The presence of these artists would extend from the fundamental role that artwork plays in the other scales at which the EOS is manifested.  Such a system would be negotiated outside of the strictures of power.  It would account for the new spaces devoted to art that would anchor new relationships.  These works of art would constitute a network of capital that would support an added level of value created by an EOS.  Such a system might go so far as to promote the distribution of art by notable artists directly through urban development.  It would seek to propel an interest in culture by creating new strategies for increasing proximity to artworks.

5) National EOS – The Jobs and Industry

Managerial, research, and academic jobs will result from the national EOS.  They will strengthen the style and luxury consumer industry by creating more reasons for “artists”, “managers”, and “designers” to come together in order to eat, drink, and build the systems.  This convergence will occur in a realm that is distinct from the new space that is being generated.  This space would be an extension of those spaces that are considered attractive and desirable.  It would be a space that functions as a repository of valuable material culture that already stands outside of the flow of reality that most have access to, but that nevertheless is a primary point of interest and driving force for the rest of the world.  As a result, a National EOS should not only retain, but enhance this international space of luxury.  Ultimately the EOS might do so through an increasingly elaborate constructions of such spaces and ability to transcend them.

6) National EOS – The Demographics and Densities

A National EOS will strengthen different demographic groups and contribute to their capacity to connect and be productive together.  It will help them to achieve goals that can only be accomplished at the scale of a nation.  The National EOS will have a particularly profound effect on the group that keeps the system together. The result might be a Community Organizing System that provides a private digital and physical space for these individuals to socialize and collaborate.  It would contribute to their capacity to be seen as a representative model group of the EOS and the nation that utilizes it.  It would lead to a capacity to balance demographics and entities through the ability of the EOS to cover an unprecedented territory, media, and materials.  It would go far beyond any current system by insisting on an unprecedented integration of people, information, and services.  The result would support an optimal allocation of resources based on distribution of people and material.

7) National EOS – The Overall Capacity

A National EOS would lead to a way of systematically assessing the productivity of space.  Moreover, it would support means of enhancing this capacity.  This capacity will ultimately be driven by internal motion propelled by interest in a story of an alternative ends – and catalog of “props” to play a part in that story – that leads a large number of people to participate in activities that lead to those ends.  Doing so will take away some of the burden of relating to and relying on other nations while at the same time contributing to our ability to have more goods and expertise to offer when it does come time to trade.

A National EOS would create relate the policies and decisions that occur at the level of the city, town, suburb, and region to the national and international level.  It would remap the power structure of the country by moving away from waning sources of power and antiquated means of representing the country, producing goods, and organizing space.  An EOS would take past structures in their deepest and most narrative capacity in order to drive new understandings as to how things might be created based on a reserve of knowledge. 

We are currently unable to decide in which direction we ought to go.  The process of creating an EOS will lead to a more transparent picture of what is working so that barriers to its success can be eliminated.  It will help to ensure that politics does not hinder progress.  In this sense, the new enhanced capacity ultimately would rest on our ability to create boundaries that demarcate spaces and variables that lose efficiency when confused with others variables and with politics in general.  At the same time, it would support free operation with respect to the demand and availability of materials that are reflected precisely by the gradual proliferation of the EOS at different levels and in different spheres.  The result will enhance the generation of monetary and aesthetic value as well as their relationship via a world image that supports an efficient economy, culture, and ecology.  In doing so, we will begin to solve the paralyzing crisis of judgment that defines the present moment.