Ecological Adaptation by Human Settlements


Title change

The original title was 'Ecological adaptation of human settlements'. However, later I realized that it was the way the human settlement acted in the ecosystem that was the important issue. Then I changed the title to the one above.

Discussed in section
Thermodynamic basis Principles of living systems
  Nested systems

Ecological development

driving forces
general changes


Ecological systems are our best models for sustainable systems
Ecological adaptation - how?
To be a supportive part of your supportive supersystem is a good survival strategy
(Ecological adaptation - why?)
By that, you can set up some basic rules for sustainability
Sustainability, like other forms of functionality is a multi-leveled quality. Some of the constituting qualities are more basic than other. If a basic quality is not fulfilled, the fulfilment of other qualities is not enough.

Serious problems for sustainability:

Dependence on energy storage
Breaks rule 1a


Possible methods for (ecological) survival Permaculture, taking an active part in the development of your supersystem
  Increasing nutrient recycling capacity
  Decreasing dependence on energy storages

These changes can be undertaken in a different settlement structure  

Ecological settlement

Structure is not enough, however. Lifestyles must also be looked upon
Then, you might find methods to a prosperous way down
Some combination of the qualities lifestyle and settlement density might give higher sustainability, as in the upper right corner A large part of the current population, however, exists in the lower part of the square
Ruralisation, indicating both lifestyle and settlement density changes, might be a road to higher sustainability

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