Weekends One & Two

Nature teaches us the language of patterns and shows how the garden can act as a metaphor for systems design.  Observing and understanding the information presented by natural habitats reveals foundational design principles.

  • Mollisonian Design Ethics

  • The Origins of Form

  • Natural Succession Modelling

  • Biomimicry

  • Indicators of Sustainability

  • Design Methodologies, Sectors & Zones

  • Geolocational Profiling

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Weekends Three & Four

All locations and situations have a designated set of zones and sectors that determine site design decisions.  Factors that are identified and addressed include solar, hydrological, geological, cultural, and political conditions.  These conditions also inform the palette of techniques and technologies that are applied.

  • Base Mapping & Property Design

  • Reversing Erosion & Watershed Management Practices

  • Greywater Systems

  • Soils, Compost & Mulch

  • Conservation of Energy

  • Passive Cooling & Heating Techniques

  • Strawbale, Cob and Adobe Buildings

  • Horticultural Designs

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Weekends Five & Six

Site development includes a self-analysis of human dynamics, capital and socioeconomic study.  It shows methods for community-wide sustainability, creating right-livelihoods and a sense of place.  Personal and communal development pushes the designer to integrate themselves into the design, which aids in its success.

  • Micro-Economies

  • Wilderness Preservation

  • Eco-neighborhoods and Intentional Communities

  • Business Guilds and Cooperatives

  • Alternative Banking and Economic Strategies

  • Community Celebration

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