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The Manuals is a set of instructions for a new culture, where humans build ecosystems by reappropriating objects and infrastructure to provide for other species






What is The Manuals?





The Manuals is a long-term project that writes instructions for a new culture, where humans build ecosystems by reappropriating the objects, infrastructure and systems that underpin human civilisation.

Together, we will assemble a book that acts as both a practical and philosophical guide. The Manuals contains open-source blueprints and how-to instructions for transforming our man-made surroundings into new landscapes that provide for the other 8 million species who inhabit the planet.
A book that acts as both a practical and philosophical guide

Open-source blueprints for transforming our man-made surroundings into new landscapes
Right now, we think, build and behave in ways that support humans’ way of life, alone. But this planet is home to so many other beings. How can they prosper in a world of industrial farming and mega-cities? How can a change of landscape and mindset turn the tide of mass destruction into mass construction that reconnects us with the natural world in the process?

After hundreds of years of industrial civilisation, there’s no way to start from scratch to confront the mess we’ve made for ourselves. We have inherited a world in flux and this is what we urgently need to fix. So, let’s start work with what we’ve already got.

The Manuals begins to unravel how the objects we use can be adapted to provide the foundations for a new culture, which reframes nature not as an exploitable commodity but as part of our own life-systems.


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How can I be involved?





The Manuals will keep evolving with ideas added and adapted from regular people and experts across the world. We’re seeking out the specialist knowledge of every amateur gardener, professional scientist, farmer or allotment-owner, aspiring builder and architect, houseplant-planter or animal-lover, young insect-hunter or adult birdwatcher, aquarium-keeper or artist.

The project is grounded in the belief that there is no bar of expertise that must be crossed before we can make a better society. Every person has ideas that can be developed through communal effort to produce ecologically informed and beautifully realised blueprints for a more natural world.
Contributors       

Andrew Merritt,
Something & Son
Matthew Ponsford,

Journalist
This site and the book will act as an imperfect masterplan: we have a clear vision for the high-impact and influential new creations that Something & Son have already begun to develop in London and across the UK. But we acknowledge that mistakes happen, approaches must change, and our first steps will not be our final actions.

In building and adapting the blueprints contained in The Manuals, we hope you will be able to improve these plans and begin new projects.

For those of us who have launched this project, we have made the commitment to, if possible, dedicating the rest of our lives to developing this guide, ensuring that it continues to collect together the best knowledge for how we can build a new civilisation and drawing up instructions to help this project go further. This work, guiding us back to nature, will be on-going.