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TREExOFFICE

a co-working space, with high speed internet and local generated renewable energy system that is OWNED and OPERATED by the TREE (see legal precedent: TREE-THAT-OWNS-ITSELF, ATHENS, Georgia)

+ to transform contemporary work practices into performance and lifestyle experiment that explores:

  • Tree-as-landlord
  • Rights of Nature
  • Mutualistic systems design
  • Business models for non-humans
  • Ecstasy of the commons
  • Texting with a non-human
  • Contributing to tree, pollinator, and local environmental health

+ provides an experience of locally generated power

+ translates the RIGHTS of NATURE MOVEMENT into contemporary co-working terms legible to urban context; facilitates alliance with and participation in this indigenous peoples-led local global movement to extend rights to non-humans; and so doing provides a remote but viscerally powerful platform for participation in the COP21 in PARIS 2015

+ defines a new space of political participation in the GREAT DESIGN CHALLENGE of C21ST: redesigning our collective/urban relationship to natural systems

+ provides an alternative to the “environmental services” approach to valuing natural systems; introduces the BENEFITxBENEFIT analysis of mutualistic systems design that documents the benefits to trees, people, birds, insects


Design Requirements

general:

+ this structure demonstrably benefits the trees, people, birds, mammals, insects, mycorrhiza,  soil microbial diversity, and other intelligent creatures

+ designed to be revenue generating; revenue and project both promotes the interests of trees; the 200-600 organisms directly dependent on the tree; and the human health benefits associated with a healthy urban ecosystem

+ defines a space without enclosing it (i.e. not a tree house; not for domestic privacy but for public activity of actual work; celebrates and promotes transparent work practices; convivial learning and cross sector and species networking)

+ any loading on tree (via TreeHugger technology or similar) is compressively loaded and does not restrict the natural movement of the tree

+ promotes visual access from under/thru and around the tree (e.g. grating floor and desk surfaces; transparent facade and sidings; transparent rain guard and water guide)

+ provides privacy and quiet work space by lifting at least 7ft off the ground (vs walls)

+ minimally one level but if suitable tree can be multiple level; designed for

extension (non maximized FAR)

+ provides immersion in sensual experiences of the tree (i.e. not climate-controlled; promotes ecosexuality)

+ provides rain and wind protection without enclosing or obscuring visible access to work, tree or natural processes

+ increased visibility of unseen/overlooked natural processes; facilities pollination; propagation and/or augments habitat provisions (e.g. additional TREExOFFICES scaled for birds or squirrels:  provides leaf litter habitat for caterpillar and other organisms dependent on this)

+ generates significant profits for the tree (see membership and revenue models) which are spent in the interests of the tree

+ incorporate xCLINIC brand to promote, extend and signal the environmental health improvements

+ becomes know as the best office in east London? the most sought after office space in London?

design to accommodate additional programming:

+ can be adapted for aerial yoga classes (profits-sharing between yoga teacher and tree; tree hires yoga teacher; or yoga teacher pays rent)

+ reduces compacting of soil around tree

+ provides a garage-space earth-room for ground level production and ground based programming

+ can be extended to incorporate a community kitchen demonstrating closed-system waste-to-energy process that are harness for food preparation (including anaerobic digester; biochar pyrolysis) in addition to other THE KITCHEN IS CLOSED

installation/deinstallation requirements:

+ can be installed/de-installed without heavy equipment (to minimize soil compaction and root damage)

+ (ideally) some or all of the can be installed/de-installed  by CHILDxLABOR in choreographed musical installation process

+ has net positive impacts; promotes habitat and environmental health

workspace requirements:

+ high speed internet (supplied to whole park area courtesy of tree); ( scheduled internet free times for offline unpack work)

+ supplies dc power for 7-15 laptops and cellphone

+  power generation visible/legible so people understand how and from where the power in generated

+ ideally a variety of workstations that encourage dynamic ergonomics and active working positions (e.g. saddle on branch; standing benches; BIRDxSTUDY (22deg lean station)

+ can be configured for small group/conference presentation/discussion and individual work

+ maximizes profits and other benefits

+ optional projection screen suitable for shared display and teleconferencing  (see MOTHxCINEMA)

+ recognizes the Internet of fungus

+ active in promoting Internet-of-LIVING-things

+ may recruit testimonials and/or participation from humans and other intelligent creatures to evaluate the benefits of working in a tree (vs conventional work spaces)

Revenue Models (see Business Model Canvas):

+ “gym membership” models with peak time pricing

+ online booking and profits are allocated for the benefit of the tree

Promotional requirements and human job descriptions:

+ xCLINIC promotions that demonstrate mutualistic systems design by cross-promote business, public sector and natural systems simultaneously

+ lists job advertisement for Lorax 2.0,: “then next generation Lorax is entrepreneurial and encouraging, positively engaging co-workers

+ and uses ongoing social media tree tweets to cross-promotes the redesign and re-imagination of our collective relationship to natural systems

+ Promotes the development of TREExOFFICExPARK using this as a model;  e.g. NY TREExOFFICExPARK is a series of TREExOFFICES on the perimeter of INWOOD HILL PARK, Manhattans only remaining original woodlands, and accessible to the A-train

+ Promotes TREExOFFICE as a platform for participation in the COP21 in PARIS 2015, this provides a facility to OCCUPY TREES

Readings on the TREExOFFICE, a Public Experiment:

http://www.rightsofmotherearth.com/trees-standing/

http://isites.harvard.edu/fs/docs/icb.topic498371.files/Stone.Trees_Standing.pdf

Mother Earth Universal Declaration

http://therightsofnature.org/universal-declaration/

Full text to the rights of Mother Earth Universal Declaration available here:  therightsofnature.org/wp-content/uploads/FINAL-UNIVERSAL-DECLARATION-OF-THE-RIGHTS-OF-MOTHER-EARTH-APRIL-22-2010.pdf

Trees in trust

The Tree Project, and New York exhibition:

http://www.nycgovparks.org/trees/tree-care/ny-tree-trust
//www.treesintrust.com/

Overview summary of ClientEarth: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HKCxc-PRjZY

Nonhuman Rights Project  

Stephen Wise – http://www.abolicionismoanimal.org.br/cmbde2010_congresso.php?cod=29

http://www.nonhumanrightsproject.org/2012/09/14/steve-wise-honored-at-brazil-conference/

The Nonhuman Rights Project is the only organization working toward actual LEGAL rights for members of species other than our own. Our mission is to change the common law status of at least some nonhuman animals from mere “things,” which lack the capacity to possess any legal right, to “persons,” who possess such fundamental rights as bodily integrity and bodily liberty, and those other legal rights to which evolving standards of morality, scientific discovery, and human experience entitle them. Our first cases were filed in 2013.

It took 50 years

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/it-took-50-years-part-ii

Rights of Nature Tribunal – Shannon Biggs

Parallel to the UN FCCC December 2014 meetings in Lima, the Global Alliance intends to host its second International Rights of Nature Ethics Tribunal. The intention is to adjudicate a small number of cases aligned with the UN FCCC COP 20 priorities. Cases under review address the impacts of Climate Change, threats to the Great Barrier Reef, destructive oil and mineral extraction in Peru and South America, and protection of Defenders of the Earth such as the Bagua massacre that is on trial this year in Peru.

http://therightsofnature.org/lima-2014-tribunal/

To book your time slot at TREExOFFICE here.Live tweets from TREExOFFICE via @HOXTONxTREE
Tweet us at @HOXTONxTREEusing the hashtags #TREExOFFICE #2DegreesFestival #parkhack

TREExOFFICE, Civic Action, Environmental Health Clinic
www.environmentalhealthclinic.net/civicaction/treexoffice2 Degrees Festival, 2015
www.artsadmin.co.uk/projects/2-degrees-festival

Press Coverage
BBC News – ‘Hoxton workers to hang out in ‘tree office”
Time Out – ‘Hoxton Square is getting a ‘tree office”
London On The Inside – ”Tree Office’ Hoxton Square’
Huh Magazine – ‘A ‘Tree Office’ Is Opening in Hoxton Square, East London’
East London Lines – ‘Co-working ‘tree office’ to open in Hoxton Square’
Dalstonist – ‘Hackney Council is building a ‘tree office’ in Hoxton Square’
Hackney Council – ‘Hackney’s ‘Tree Office’ – a solution to London’s work space shortage’
Hackney Citizen – ‘Hackney’s ‘Tree Office’ is a solution to London’s work space shortage, says Council’
Architects’ Journal – ‘Tate Harmer builds pop-up office in Hoxton Square’
Stylist – ‘The pop-up office in a tree coming to London this summer’
London Evening Standard – ‘Office to be built in canopy of a tree in east London square in latest bid to boost tech revolution’
Architectural Digest – ‘London’s newest co-working space is a treehouse’
Motherboard – ‘At This Office, Your Landlord Is A Tree’
Hackney Gazette – ‘Tree office promises radical workspace solution’ 

Hoxton Square is getting a ‘tree office’ http://t.co/29CeheIa6Rpic.twitter.com/VioyNjTrp2

— Time Out London (@TimeOutLondon) May 25, 2015

A “tree office” is being built in Hoxton Square http://t.co/pOjOHF6abypic.twitter.com/xAI3H6E9b2

— HUH. (@huhmagazine) May 18, 2015An office in a tree house? Yes, please! http://t.co/SbvgKVlbxNpic.twitter.com/uUhDf7k3TK

— Architectural Digest (@ArchDigest) May 31, 2015

Co-working ‘tree office’ to open in Hoxton Square: Hackney will open London’s first ‘tree office’ in Hoxton Sq… http://t.co/LtRSs4rcUp

— EastLondonLines (@eastlondonlines) May 26, 2015

Tree office promises radical workspace solution – Hackney Gazette http://t.co/z0NETSwcPl#Hoxton

— Hoxton Blogger (@Hoxtoner) May 22, 2015

News: Tree office promises radical workspace solution: London’s first ever ‘tree office’ in the heart… http://t.co/YYfRBOeB9M#Hackney

— Hackney hyperlocal (@EastEndHackney) May 22, 2015

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