This course introduces students to various design methods used in permaculture, and to the design process itself. Topics include mapping techniques that can be applied to garden design, the theory behind permaculture design techniques, and the application of these techniques to actual design projects. During this course students are paired with community partners to create permaculture designs. Final projects consist of written reports (reviewing and evaluating water systems, soil systems, built infrastructure, energy systems, and food and medicine systems on a site), and mapped designs (consisting of detailed zones and sector drawings, as well as detailed maps of future recommendations for biodiverse and resilient systems).
PERM201a Design Methods, Process and Mapping – Theory
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 students to key tools and concepts used in the permaculture design process. It will get you thinking like an ecosystem – looking for connections, promoting multi-functionality and designing from patterns to details. By moving through several small-scale iterations of design processes, students will become more familiar and comfortable with the tools that permaculturalists have in their toolbox, and a sense of when they are appropriate to deploy.
PERM201b Design Methods, Process and Mapping – Practice
This is the second half of the DMPM course and builds on the knowledge gained during the prior work on theory. The course itself is a culmination of much of what the students have learned to date within this program. Students will be paired with community partners to create permaculture designs. Final projects will consist of written reports as well as mapped designs. Reports will consist of a review and evaluation of water systems, soil systems, built infrastructure, energy systems, and food and medicine systems on a site. Mapped designs will consist of detailed zones and sector drawings, as well as detailed maps of future recommendations for bio-diverse and resilient systems.
Prerequisites: PERM101 Credits: 8 Hours: 119