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Green Street Permaculture Design Project

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Transcript of Green Street Permaculture Design Project

Sector and flow analysis
Zones
Elements
Base Map
Photos
Needs
•Labor (initial and management)

•Light catchment

•Water direction and catchment/use

•Plants

•Soil test and accompanying necessary inputs

•Protection from trampling young plants

•Identification of sprinkler lines

•Mulch to get rid of current unwanted plants\
•Wind block

•Guides for foot traffic

•Access points into space

•Noise blocker

•Places to sit

•Educational tools and resources (signage, working demonstrations, etc)

•Ways to discourage theft of food/plants

•Imagination and creativity

•Funding?

•PSU's commitment to longevity

•Connect to Ecodistrict plans for two block range

•Diversity

•Continuity and project memory

•Knowledge of underground utilities (electric lines, gas lines, water lines, telephone lines)

•Define and engage stakeholders
•Gathering space/social space

•Food

•Space for rest, reflection, recreation, eating

•Beauty

•Air cleaning

•Water cleaning and catchment

•Student engagement

•Education

•Collaboration opportunities

•Real-world implementation of permaculture principles (both for our design group and for students who manage the site)

•Connector between east and west parts of campus

•Conversation piece

•Connect PSU to city of Portland

•Empowerment facilitation

•Living laboratory

•Urban green space
Yields
•Walls close in space and close out pedestrians

•Muddy

•Shade

•Pillars

•Unhealthy soil

•Visually unappealing

•Uninviting

•Space is kind of invisible to passers-by right now

•City already has a plan they like

•Economic barriers

•Doesn't feel safe or inviting
•Large space

•Central

•Currently unused

•Accessible

•Part of ecodistrict

•Near SMSU, Urban Center, Rec center, SLC, proposed location for Sustainability Center, one block from most frequent destination for TriMet users

•Receives partial and full sun

•Sloped to aid in irrigation

•Strong stakeholder support for permaculture design for this site, including various decision-makers

•Interesting shape: stands apart from the grid
Challenges
Positives
Site Assessment
Vision
Mission statement
We aim to design an urban green space that is functional, educational, amenable to community use and embedded into the larger Green Street initiative and that is a living demonstration of permaculture design principles.
Permaculture elements:

•Water catchment

•On-site energy production

•Community cultural spaces

•Money-catchment systems

•Food production
Client elements:

•Native plants, creating Pacific Northwest look

•More learning opportunities

•Farmer's Market food carts possibility

•Greenwalls

•Canopy-like plants
Design-team elements:

•Plaza and walkways

•Sunflowers

•Guilds

•Drought-resistant, native crops

•Nitrogen-fixing plants

•Herb garden

•Solar/rainwater catchment feature

•Biodiesel production via algae?

•Signage

•Gravity-fed drainage system

•Boy Gorilla Coffee spot

•Permeable spaces

•Tool storage

•Living wall or other barrier for wind and noise

•Benches

•Mycroremdiation
Community elements:

•Develop lots of art

•Stacking functions

•Close down street to cars

•Gravity-fed watering system

•LED lights

•Kinetic energy production

•Light catchment
Design
Food and horticultural systems
Stacked Function Element
Sustainability Education
Waste management / Remediation
Energy
Water Catchment
ART!
Education
Economic Offsets
STACKINg Functions
create a space for people to gather, socialize, eat rest and recreate.

Create a functional educational site/ living laboratory

Connect People to nature

Make an urban greenspace that is accessible to all

Bridge the east and west part of campus

Provide food

Identify and collaborate with stakeholders to identify needs and yields

connect our group's design to the larger greenstreet plan.

Make the space more inviting
Providing interdisciplinary Opportunities
GOALS
Main
Combining Pool
Educate about and through permaculture principles
Site as educator
Stacking functions
Incorporate sustainability and real-life learning into virtually any class
Interdisciplinary opportunities
Service learning and community-based learning
Community education
Guild 2:
Service Berry
Oregon Grape
Salal
Oregon Iris
Wild Ginger
Guild 1:
Hazelnut
Red Flowering Currant
Evergreen Huckleberry
Columbines
Tigerlilies
Guild 3:
Edible Sun Garden -
Currant
Blueberry
Aronia
Elderberry
Camas
Kinnickkinnick
Forest Strawberry
Guild 4:
Shade Garden -
Evergreen Huckleberry
Maidenhair Fern
Longleaf Oregon Grape
Salal
Wild Ginger
Sword Fern
Inside-out flower
Bunchberry
Guild 5:
Pond Garden -
Wapato
Miniature Cattail
Miniature Horsetail
White Pond Lily
Permacultural design reduces waste at the site

Bioremediation

Fertilizer production

Worm Bins

Mycoremediation Site

Mushroom composting

Educational Component to all elements
Community interaction
Looking to William Whyte's Social Life of Small Urban Space
Sitting space
people sit where there is a place to site
Sun
people go for comfort
Trees
multi-functional
Street
where the action is
Food
brings people in
Triangulation
certain stimuli create bonds
Water
people want to touch it
Green Street Garden Design Project
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