Weekends One & Two
Weekends Three & Four
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
Indicators of Sustainability
Design Methodologies, Sectors & Zones
Weekends Five & Six
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
Soils, Compost & Mulch
Conservation of Energy
Passive Cooling & Heating Techniques
Strawbale, Cob and Adobe Buildings
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.
Eco-neighborhoods and Intentional Communities
Business Guilds and Cooperatives
Alternative Banking and Economic Strategies