26 May, 2018
This the best design process we know to guide the design of a home, garden, lifestyle block, community or business.
This day introduces the design framework and design process designer – educator Dan Palmer and his colleagues have been honing for the last decade. It’s clear, coherent, memorable and we think provides a “critical missing” to most permaculture education and literature.
The process starts with observation and works through the assessment of the people who live and work there, reading the site itself, then a general concept design, more detailed designs and finally implementation. Well, not quite “finally” as this design process often loops back around to the beginning.
This morning we’ll get into observation, analysis and assessment of the people and site involved. We’ll explore holistic decision making and interviewing skills with group exercises and role play; we’ll go outside and get a taste of reading the landscape with our bare feet, our eyes, our skin, our hearts.; and we’ll then break out the paper, pencils, and compasses to learn about base maps, topography, slope, and aspect.
In the afternoon, the design process moves onto broad concept drawings on aerial and base maps of an actual site. P.A. Yeoman’s Scale of Permanence is introduced as one of the best methods to prioritise action for complicated properties. We’ll do a lot of design exercises with pens and paper, with funny hats, inside and outside. You’ll see examples of finished design work and you can sort out what will work for your project presentation. We’ll finish discussing with the implementation and management phases of the design process.
Trish Waugh, Catherine Dunton-McLeod
“Good design is as much about the people as it is about the land. Today, Dan got me feeling confidant about assessing both. I can’t wait for the next module to understand the whole process.”
“Design is an elusive and enigmatic alchemy. Yet the magic of design lives, not in any design technique we might learn and use, but inside each one of us. The techniques serve only to connect each of us to our own living creative process. ” Jacke & Toensmeier,
Edible Forest Gardens, VII, p. 156
“Choose protracted and thoughtful observation rather than a brief period of observation followed by protracted and thoughtless labour.” Bill Mollison