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Permaculture: A Designers’ Manual 2016-12-13T11:05:39+00:00

BRIEF OUTLINE OF MOLLISON’S PERMACULTURE: A DESIGNERS’ MANUAL

Bill Mollison’s Permaculture: A Designers’ Manual is the definitive work authored by the founder of permaculture. Below are snapshots from each of its 14 chapters.

Chapter 1

Introduction

Permaculture’s philosophical foundation is based in ethics which define positive design requirements for landscape and society that lead to abundance.

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Chapter 2

Concepts & Themes in Design

The conversion of principles into actionable directives following ecological principles leveraging niches in both space & time that facilitates systemic evolution to maturity.

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Chapter 3

Methods of Design

The creation of practical, functional, self-regulating design gleaned from an observation of nature, through an analysis of individual components as assemblies that store and move energy.

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Chapter 4

Pattern Understanding

Constant universal orders and forms allowing for the expression of energy via storage and transfer while minimizing entropic dissipation with the formation of edge interactions resulting in species richness.

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Chapter 5

Climatic Factors

Examining how an appropriate understanding of climate informs site choices for plant, animal, and structural assemblies – creating opportunities for optimizing design effectiveness & yield potential.

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Chapter 6

Trees & Their Energy Transactions

Understanding the importance of trees as essential design elements utilizing energy to create organic matter & biomass, habitat for various species, and service as a critical component in the biogeochemical cycling of natural systems.

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Chapter 7

Water

Ensuring access to water by design without deficits, misuse, waste or pollution; as a primary element of life we can direct, soak and store more water than we need.

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Chapter 8

Soils

Improving soil quality & increasing soil quantity while simultaneously in production through a functional understanding of how to stimulate soil life, providing the conditions needed for it to flourish.

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Chapter 9

Earth Working & Earth Resources

Terraforming & soil conditioning as an extension of our human responsibility to benefit and care for all life; effectively & efficiently using energy in the construction of permanent features extending and improving fertility over time.

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Chapter 10

Humid Tropics

The most species rich and rapidly developing ecosystems, but with poor and shallow soils; specifically design to meet the challenges of excessive moisture & leaching of nutrients.

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Chapter 11

Dryland Strategies

With a focus on anti-evaporation design strategies, a premium is placed on prioritizing shade, shelter from harsh winds, and humus creation to increase comfort, reduce the chances for damage, and to take full advantage of rare rain events.

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Chapter 12

Humid Cool to Cold Climates

Attention paid to extending yield potential throughout the year – especially with short, cold winter days with low solar exposure; food, fuel and energy storage are critical design factors; deep, fertile soils provide unique productive capabilities.

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Chapter 13

Aquaculture

The most productive and functional potential is afforded through the well-considered design & use of water; gravity becomes an essential integrated design component for facilitating transport, storage, soil creation and overall yield capacity.

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Chapter 14

Strategies of an Alternative Global Nation

The development, aggregation, and distribution of natural capital are undeniable indicators of real wealth for a nation and its people.  We can design our way into an equitable, permanently abundant present & future.

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