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Permacultural approach to resilient communities

Summer University Fulda 2013
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Andrea Philipp

on 12 August 2013

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Transcript of Permacultural approach to resilient communities

Analyse this!
It's about resilience:
Products & services
Permaculture approach
for resilient communities

A dance with nature
in which nature is taking the lead....
Get the full picture!
The capacity of an ecosystem to respond to a perturbation or disturbance by resisting damage and recovering quickly
Earth Care
People Care
Fair Share
Food, shade, medicine, shelter, construction material, energy, oxygen etc. etc.
Natural Ecosystems
Permanent agriculture practices
Organic agriculture
- labour intensive
Permaculture
- planning intensive
Differences in agricultural practices
Conventional agriculture
- fossil intensive
Fuels for vehicles
and machines
Pesticides
Fertilizers
Weeding
Pest control
Fertilizing
Sectoring, zoning, layering
Mixed cultivation
Designing resilient systems
They are efficient, and auto-productive ! Think about trees, for example...
Fulda Summer University
Andrea Philipp, 2013
Catch and store energy
Obtain a yield
Apply self-regulation and accept feedback
Use and value renewable resources and services
Produce no waste
Design from patterns to details
Integrate rather than segregate
Use small and slow solutions
Use and value diversity
Use edges and value the marginal
Creatively use and respond to change
Data overlay
Combine and cross-reference your investigations
best through an overlay of your maps
Sectoring
Map the prevailing conditions of the space which you want to design - in case of a garden:
irradiation and shading,
resources (which can also be challenges!) like water, plants, animals, buildings
slope of the terrain, quality of soil

While you do it, consider the factor of time (variations throughout the day, the seasons, the years...)
Zoning
Map your preferences and needs to the space you want to design -
what do you want to have closest to you, what is less important?
Think in qualities, not in products!
What is it really what we need?
In a resilient system, every element fulfills several functions,
and every need is fulfilled by several elements
Compare:
monoculture fields to flower meadows for the variety of needs which they can serve
water hose to natural pond for the variety of functions they can provide
Some principles of permaculture:
Mulching
Mixed cultivation
Forest gardens
Chicken tractors
Vertical gardens
Urban agriculture
etc.
Permaculture in our society
Organic architecture
Regional currencies
Ecommony
Transition Towns
Ecovillages
etc. etc.
Permaculture:
A concept of ethics and design principles
A design tool for sustainable living
An international movement of society, community and designers
A movement against the societal crisis
Taking responsibility for us and our children
May we start the dance?
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