Permaculture Design Methods, Process and Mapping


Permaculture design is an evolving discipline that focuses on the regenerative (re)integration of ecology into human life. Plants, animals, soil, water, sun, wind – how do we work with their needs and yields to meet our own? This course is designed to introduce you to key tools and concepts used in the permaculture design process. It gets you thinking like an ecosystem: looking for connections, promoting multi-functionality, and designing from patterns to details.

This course gives students the confidence to use low-tech hand drafting as a permaculture design/communication tool. By mapping, in detail, established permaculture-inspired landscapes, students develop an appreciation for scale, geometry, function and form. In this way, permaculture design principles are explored by reverse-engineering the patterns found on existing sites, with the opportunity to work on new design layers and suggestions.

As a sister class to Applied Community Design, this class focuses on non-computer aided design work so as to build up resilient, low-tech skills that can be applied in remote places or challenging times.

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Prerequisites: – –    Credits: 2    Hours: 30

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