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Chapter 3. Permaculture design strategies and techniques

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To design is to create, plan, invent and arrange. It is how permaculture takes different elements and brings them together as an integrated, whole system, the same as a natural ecosystem… more

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To design is to create, plan, invent and arrange. It is how permaculture takes different elements and brings them together as an integrated, whole system, the same as a natural ecosystem.

Permaculture design looks at ideas and methods for creating long-term, sustainable, self-maintaining systems for agricultural land, animal systems, houses, projects and communities.

Different design approaches included here are needs and products analysis, site analysis, zones and data collection as well as in-depth information about key techniques such as water and wind management, micro-climates, multifunctional approaches, and designing with time.

Contents include:

  • Permaculture design
  • Design techniques
  • Analysis of elements
  • Zones
  • Observation and data collection
  • Design techniques
    – Multifunction
    – Microclimates
    – Imitating natural ecosystems
    – Catching water: swale and terrace systems
    – Windbreaks
  • Designing steps and stages
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