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All systems will be designed and integrated in a holistic manner, where every process will be viewed as a part of a whole closed system. These symbiotic relationships between processes are valuable for increasing the efficiency, reducing waste and costs. For example, the holistic integration of the household is shown in the diagram below. The aquaponics system is a good example of a closed loop to describe this integration. The nutrients from the fish farm feed the plants, which are then consumed by the family. Then the household scraps are then fed to worms which in turn are fed to the fish.

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Holistic integration of the household.

In a wider sense we are also considering the holistic integration of the project in the natural environment and within the existing community. Throughout all stages of the project we will be critically analysing the progress and achievements. A detailed census of the people and environment will be undertaken when the project first begins work with a community, in order to get a baseline from which to quantitatively judge development. Obviously some factors (like population) are easier to measure than others (e.g. how much a person has developed their creativity), but we plan to use many different scientific, psychological, and social techniques to get holistic feedback about the impacts (both positive and negative) of the project. Where possible these evaluations will be undertaken in the form of games and collaboration to improve social interaction rather than introducing possibly stressful “tests”. We also plan to record data from the natural environment (weather, water quality, biodiversity etc.) in order to quantify our effect on our location.