Our planet, on which we are living, is a big encompassing ecosystem that again is composed of smaller ecosystems. In this ecosystem also known as Gaia all the participants work together in a way that the survival of all and the functioning of the ecosystem earth is ensured. This system has now functioned for millions of years following some basic ecological rules: matter is cycled, there is no waste in a continual cycle management, and the sun serves as energy source that is used wisely and efficiently. Related ecosystems support each other; in the course of the development, ecosystems with few "members” and few relations become sophisticated ecosystems with a multitude of diverse participants who are connected within the net of mutual relations. Such sophisticated ecosystems however are not completely independent but attain a high level of stability through a high level of independency and flexibility.


Since the development of agriculture and technology and especially since the industrial revolution the influence of man on ecosystems has increased as well as the number of technical-cultural ecosystems such as villages and towns. The long-term survival of man and his part-ecosystems is only possible if he allows them to reasonably blend into surrounding ecosystems and also if he observes planet wide valid basic ecological rules. It is therefore of major importance to develop positive examples of settlements, that to a great extent follow basic ecological rules and also as new ecosystems harmonise with the already existing ecosystems. For this the campus of a new university offers a variety of possibilities for implementation.