Synergetic Press is a division of Global Ecotechnics, an international organization created to develop sustainable projects around the world to deepen our understanding of the interconnections among the biomes of the planet’s various key regions.
Our most well-known project is Biosphere 2, the world’s largest closed-system laboratory for the study of global ecology. This 3.15 acre airtight miniature world features a coral reef, mangrove marsh, Amazonian rainforest, savannah grassland, a fog desert, tropical agriculture system with a farm and a human habitat with living quarters, kitchen, offices, and recreational spaces. It is currently being operated by the University of Arizona.
Birdwood Downs was established in 1978 as one of a series of programmes to harmonise ecology and technology with hands-on training to demonstrate pastoral regeneration of overgrazed and eroded land in the savannah.
The R.V. Heraclitus has sailed over 250,000 nautical miles studying oceans, coral reefs, rivers, lakes, estuaries and exploring the origins and futures of human cultures since it was built by the Institute of Ecotechnics in 1975.
October Gallery, London has been instrumental in bringing to worldwide attention many of the world’s leading international artists, including El Anatsui, Rachid Koraïchi, Romuald Hazoumè, Nnenna Okore, Laila Shawa and Kenji Yoshida. The Gallery promotes the Transvangarde, the best in contemporary art from around the world, and also functions as a creative hub in central London for poets, writers, intellectuals and artists.
Les Marronniers is a model ecological farm that is ecoscaped around an 18th century manor house and designed to demonstrate the efficacy of a total systems approach to the ecological management of small farms in a region where such facilities are under mounting economic pressure from nearby industrial and urban development. The facility is run seasonally as a conference center, utilizing much of the produce from the farm for its guests.
Las Casa de Selva
Las Casas de la Selva (the Houses of the Forest) provides a protected habitat for Puerto Rican native flora and fauna as well as a long-term study site for research and limited public and student familiarization in the areas of ecology, botany, forestry, horticulture, soil, ethnobotany and other related environmental disciplines.
Synergia Ranch in Santa Fe, New Mexico serves as the headquarters of Global Ecotechnics Corporation, the work of Biospheric Design on Laboratory Biosphere, a closed ecological system a research facility and Wastewater Gardens, in addition to housing the offices of Synergetic Press. Additionally, it also serves as a retreat and conference center attracting multidisciplinary workshops from around the world, and an organic farm, providing organic produce to the Santa Fe community.
Directed by Dr. Mark Nelson, PhD, author of The Wastewater Gardener, Wastewater Gardens designs and installs constructed wetlands inland and by the sea. Working with the Center for Wetlands at the University of Florida and the Planetary Coral Reef Foundation, Wastewater Gardens are now operating at over a hundred sites in Mexico, Indonesia, the Bahamas, Belize, Algeria, Poland, Spain, Portugal, France, the United States and Australia.