by Aranya SADIMET design process (click here to download mindmap) Limiting Factors in Design (click here to download mindmap) Methods and Approaches to Design (click here to download mindmap) Themes in Design
In this exercise, which can be used in a PDC, students try to identify and evaluate their involvement in and impact on food cycles. After evaluating the impacts, students are asked to implement an action plan to reduce the food consumption and sourcing from sustainable sources. The full description of the exercise can be dowloaded […]
by Aranya The following pattern is a guide to what you might cover during your design. Either follow this through as described, or use it as a basis for your own ideas. Observations Describe your site Explain the context of your design, where it is located, size of site etc. Show your base map and […]
by Aranya Introduction The ideal that we always aim towards in permaculture is the concept of ‘harvesting as maintenance’. In reality, if we utilise low-maintenance systems to create a design that requires less energy over time to maintain, while providing increasing yields, we’ve done pretty well.
by Aranya Introduction So now you have created your map, you need to provide your client with an implementation plan. There are several factors that can affect the recommendations you make, including costs, so lets look at them one at a time.
by Aranya Introduction This is the stage where we finally put all our ideas down on paper for then client. No design is ever going to be perfect, so don’t be afraid to make some decisions – you’ll always learn from them later, even if they don’t work out as well as you’d hoped.
A Process Explanation and Results Exploration, by Peter Cow (May 2014) This Survey was carried out in March 2013, at the EPT meeting in Vale da Lama, Portugal. Its aim was to identify what PDC subjects people considered important and core to a PDC, and which were less crucial. This work was inspired by a […]
by Aranya Introduction Now we’ll get down to experimenting with where the different elements & systems in your design might be best placed. If you already have a fixed point of focus on the site (such as a house), then you’ll be aiming to place everything most efficiently in relation to that. Most designs you […]
by Aranya Introduction So having identified the key functions that we are going to design for, we are now going to think about the best ways to fulfil them. Ideally, we only include something (a system or element) in our design if it fulfils at least three functions. Remember the ecological principle: Multiple functions for […]
Monika Frank, France, has shared some lessons plans: 1. Design Process and Elements of Permaculture Design A 90 minute session Objectives: Know different steps in design cycle / process Know why it is important to follow a design process and that it is cyclical Get the idea that permaculture design does not only mean planning a […]
By Aranya Introduction This is the stage where we identify what will be the focus of the design. We take what we have learned from the client interview(s) & determine what key functions are required (there may be many, but some will be more a priority than others). When we visit somewhere new, we often […]
By Aranya Introduction This is the part where we identify why we are redesigning the site. The following process we would ideally go through with each client (everyone involved ought to be interviewed to some degree). Sometimes, your clients will include both adults and children, though one or two may guide the process more than […]
By Aranya Introduction If you are lucky, you will have obtained a good map from your client, on which you can base your own. Maps are made for many different reasons though, and it is unlikely that even if you have, you will be holding the perfect map for you in your hand just yet. […]
This is the first article of a comprehensive series on permaculture design by Aranya. Enjoy! by Aranya 1. The site survey Introduction We are going to start our process by first surveying the area to be designed. You might not always be designing areas of land (permaculture is much more flexible than just this), but […]
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Philosophy is the study of general and fundamental problems, such as those connected with reality, existence, knowledge, values, reason, mind, and language. Philosophy is distinguished from other ways of addressing such problems by its critical, generally systematic approach and its reliance on rational argument. In more casual speech, by extension, […]
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Design, when applied to fashion, includes considering aesthetics as well as function in the final form. Design is the creation of a plan or convention for the construction of an object or a system (as in architectural blueprints, engineering drawings, business processes, circuit diagrams and sewing patterns). Design has different […]
Hand-out in workshop on Esthetics & Design in Permaculture. Patterns in Nature: Symmetry ￼ Bilateral animals, including humans, are more or less symmetric with respect to the sagittal plane which divides the body into left and right halves. Plants and sessile (attached) animals such as sea anemones often have radial or rotational symmetry. Fivefold symmetry […]
Hand-out for a workshop on Esthetics & Design in Permaculture. Patterns in Nature: self-similarity & scale ￼ Exact self-similarity: identical at all scales; e.g. Koch snowflake Quasi self-similarity: approximates the same pattern at different scales; may contain small copies of the entire fractal in distorted and degenerate forms Statistical self-similarity: repeats a pattern stochastically so […]
Hand-out for a workshop on sheet mulching. emphasis on esthetic qualities of the shape of beds/pathways/stepping stones and the different textures of the finishing top layer. An often encountered criticism of permaculture design in public space is that it looks “messy”. And frankly: it often does. Going overboard on pragmatism can lead to a neglect […]
What is the Sociocratic Circle-organization Method? The Sociocratic Circle Organization provides a way of producing and leading organization on the basis of equivalence in decision making through the principle of consent. Governing Consent The core of the method The sociocratic ‘vision’ on living together is a society in which people live and share their lives […]