- Section 1: You and Your Site
- Know yourself
- Choose your site
- Identify the design brief
- Clarify the client's resources and limitations
- Section 2: Site Details
- Location and Property Data
- Observation and Research
- Sector Analysis
- Section 3: Applying Permaculture Design
- Design Concept Development
- Zone Planning and Components List/s
- Self Assessment of Design Potential
- Section 4: Demonstrate Your Understanding
- A detailed Permaculture Design
- Applying Permaculture Principles
Design With Confidence:
The first thing I’d like you to realize is that you can design with confidence. Having faithfully gone through the course material, and with the reference material you have at hand, you have all you need to create a useful, meaningful design for yourself or a client. You don’t need to aim for perfection. Remember that this is a journey, and you will get better and better over time. The aim of this exercise is to take that first step. Feel free to pull in extra reference material (e.g. plant lists) or seek advice from others in the class or experts that you have access to (e.g. irrigation experts or local earthwork movers).
Section 1A: Choose Your Site:
Next, you’ll need to choose your site. Ideally it will be a typical site in your local area. By “typical,” I mean representative in terms of landscape profiles, environmental conditions and size. For example, a typical urban block of land, small acreage, or farm land.
Section 1B: Identify Your Client’s Brief:
Once you have decided on a site, you will need to identify the goals of its owners, i.e. the client (if this is a personal project, then YOU are the client). What are their goals and priorities, and what do they want you to achieve in relation to this design? Who will it be used for? What level of food-reliance will be required? Are there specific crops desired? Privacy needs? Are there existing structures or driveways, and if so, are they adequate? What other essential needs does the client have?
Section 1C: Clarify the Client's Resources and Limitations:
Once you’ve identified the brief you will need to assess the resources available for the client to implement, establish and maintain the project. The crucial factors are the client’s time available, financial input to capitalize the project, and understanding and experience.
You will want to observe and ask relevant questions to obtain this information. What you derive from this research stage is absolutely foundational, as it will be used as the primary assessment of the site’s potential. This in turn will help guide the design process.
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