There has been little debate or even discussion on Advanced Permaculture Design Courses. We see them advertised infrequently and perhaps do not recognise fully their value. As designer of many miles of experience in many different offices of the world and many more variations of projects coming from a professional background in Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Urban Design lucky enough to mould Permaculture with all these disciplines I specialise in Advanced Design. This is my forte. I recognise it as tremendously valuable for “Permaculture is a Design Philosophy” but where are all the designers. I can imagine that the task of designing any project is often quite daunting. And, in all seriousness it is. From someone who knows the industry inside out, I know it is a daunting task. No matter how big the project is. I have designed many at many differing scales, from small one off kitchen gardens to an 8,000 hectare new city. I enjoy the challenge and revel in it.
I have recognised there is a need right across Europe to develop our design skills and have been invited to offer my skills and experience to lead Advanced Permaculture Design Courses. These may be either a full 7 day course or be more of a Design Workshop of a long weekend. If you feel you would like to be part of these at any level either participating in one, co-teaching or convening please do let me know and we will mutually evolve these needs and serve a growing demand to again advance more real outcomes and models of excellence on the ground. Just remember any idea can involve the exercise of design. Such a project does not necessarily need to be a garden or farm, it could be any subject or project that needs support through vehicles of design. An APDC is also a very valuable follow up course for the standard accredited PDC.
Please go online http://permaculturecollege.eu/ and comment into the Permaculture College of Europe for this is yet another programme it is supporting or email me directly. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or skype me for discussion if you prefer Skype: stevenlawrencehart
Best regards Steve Hart