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Module 2 : Design Techniques Module




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Truly doing Permaculture is based in really designing consciously, effectively & powerfully to truly change the world, and not just copying what others have done before – but this requires understanding the process of developing a really good design.

So, we all need to be really effective designers, but what is required for that?  What truly works or doesn’t?

In this module we study the criteria of functional design, and the true meaning & conditions for designing integrated and sustainable systems,

and through the lens of Permaculture we will take a look at different ways of thinking about design, resources, human interventions in systems and integrating the social aspects with the physical, energetic and abstract components of any real-life project.



Through this module, you will explore different questions such as:

  • What is Design?  & How can we Re-Design a whole society?
  • What kind of maps and graphic representations do we have at our disposal to design with?
  • What are our real motivations behind each design? What influence does our world-view have on this?
  • And how do our daily objectives & criteria fit in all this?
  • What design structures do we have available?  And how can we use them effectively?
  • How do we ensure Optimal Resource use and best Choice of Materials, Interventions & Technologies?
  • What does observing consist of?  And how can we do it effectively?
  • How do we apply the fundamental Principles to Permaculture Design?
  • How can we Evaluate our designs, accurately and productively?
  • Which Design Techniques do I have at my disposal?  & How can I know when to apply them?

Consider your thoughts on these questions before and as you study the classes, and notice how the way you design and manage projects changes when you work with these concepts and models – or not! – and tell us all about it in the discussion forum.


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