Believing that Art could make our material culture, our means of production and building, be more in accord with Nature, Peter Fend plunged into the NY and international art world in the late 1970s. All major fields of activity were drawn up, modeled and even registered as corporate practice with NY State by mid 1980. Given definitions of Architecture by Leon Battista Alberti, all the work can be considered Architecture. Technologies are assembled and developed to meet four criteria for any settled area, any city or region:
(1) Clean air: zero-emissions hydrocarbons or hydrogen from marine or aquatic biomass.
(2) Living waters: earthworks to assure freshwater animal habitat near salt sinks or lakes; Duchamp-concept waterwheels for local, no-dam waterpower; conversion of wastes through hydrocarbon cycles to keratins suited for uptake by wild animals; siting of projects along migratory pathways.
(3) Low-impact cities: high-efficiency structures for plug-in modules based on animal physiology, including counter-balance, tension and gas exchange, as sought by Gordon Matta-Clark and engineered by Richard le Ricolais; incorporating sculptural probes by Serra, Saret, Luegenbuhl, Snelson and the Constructivists.
(4) Defense: processing civil-satellite observation data to warn the public and deciders of both military and ecological dangers; within basins, systematic surveillance of territory for its ecological depletion, allowing an eco-tax; conversion of all technologies described into open-field or at-sea versions, for military use. In the last field, particularly with civil satellite data, Fend has achieved--through his NY State firm--world success.
In the 1980s, Fend and his colleagues produced authoritative surveys of news and crises sites, such as the Iran-Iraq war, Chernobyl, Malvinas, mobile-missile and submarine bases, micro-algae blooms and deforestation, with release both in global TV and the international press. UN press conferences and scientific papers ensued. In the other three fields, there has been success in producing biogas from waterplants, with efficiency of an individual worker meeting all home needs within 2 hours of field work, and in the design of airfoil or aerostat suspended structures, affording vegetation-rich canopies or rapid setup foot bridges. The firm Fend founded, Ocean Earth Development Corporation, concentrates now on massive biomass-to-biogas fuel production using wide-body submarines and catamaran rowing craft. Testing of earthworks is being negotiated with a university. Although OEDC work or Fend work has been shown at Documenta and the Venice Biennale Aperto, twice, and although there have been probes afforded by the Sharjah Biennial, University of Chicago Smart Museum and museums throughout Europe, Fend seeks an industrial and functional realization.