Marcin, Thanks for getting back to me so fast.
It was the Distillations and your call for help which propelled me to contact you. I've been following the project since May of last year, and have seen all the videos.
My priority in New York is to work as little as possible and spend as much time on self-directed work as I can. So I work two days a week in the most expensive city in America. Consequently I have no money to offer, but plenty of time.
You picked some pretty good places for me to start. I'll see who I can put you in contact with my agriculture and technology contacts in New York and Philadelphia, and at my alma mater, Oberlin College.
P.S. I recommended Dieste's work because it is both aesthetically inspiring and technically relevant to your work. He built double curved vaulted ceilings using traditional masonry techniques. Much like Factor e, he combined an advanced design sense with simple manufacturing and readily available materials. It is my belief that for you to involve more people in your project, especially those outside of the engineering discipline, you need to provide a compelling future narrative in words and images based in the technical reality of the project and historical examples of advanced design with simple manufacturing.
Re: "compelling future narrative in words and images based in the technical reality of the project and historical examples of advanced design with simple manufacturing."
Matthew - on this point - can you help us frame the message? That's a perennial question that we struggle with here. That requires a review of all history, plus a compelling story. Can you help us with the 'future narrative', so that we can publish compelling marketing material that others could connect to? There is many ways to go about this task. It seems that you have an idea where to start. Could you begin that process? That's part of the open source development technique - where people help on all aspects of the project. Interestingly, the way it works - I ask those who suggest something to actually do it. On our side, we have considered a large number of tasks and needs - but since we are on the ground building things - we don't have enough time for the organizational part.