Permaculture: Ecological engineering
It is sometimes wrongly thought that Permaculture is only a specific form of agriculture. However, it does not just focus on the production of food and other raw materials.
Permaculture offers many solutions in the field of water management, designing buildings, homes and public spaces, or it can be applied to restore soils and ecosystems on a large scale. Even the structuring of organizations, (local) financial systems and setting up businesses is possible. This shows that Permaculture is just as much about (new forms of) sustainable housing and living together.
Not only are these things possible, and sustainable in environmental terms. Properly designed and maintained Permaculture systems are also profitable and sustainable in economic terms.
Ancient traditions and modern science, simple hand tools and the latest technology. It is all part of Permaculture design, always at the service of people, animals, and the planet.
All elements in a landscape will be designed, placed and connected by us in a way that guarantees optimal functionality. Together these elements form one system which is more than the sum of its parts. Therefore, a good design can only come about on the basis of careful analyses.
Permaculture can be briefly described as an ecological design method that commits to an ethic:
- Earth care
- People care
- Return of surplus
In the video below you can listen to its definition by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren. It was they who developed Permaculture in the 1970s at the University of Tasmania in Australia.
“Permaculture Design is not just about having a water tank, or a duck pond, or a greenhouse, but rather about how these elements both provide for and are supported by each other.”
| Tao Orion
There is no such thing as a standard Permaculture design, because all landscapes and contexts are different. This makes every system unique and the possibilities virtually endless. One thing is for sure: Permaculture has the potential to fundamentally change every acreage, balcony and organization.
Regardless of the situation, no matter how big the problem, or how impossible your dream may seem. Don’t hesitate to contact us. Remember that all significant developments of humanity first were dreams and that problems lead to solutions. Together it is possible to transform humanity into the most beneficial element on this planet.
“People, their buildings, and the ways that they organize themselves are central to Permaculture.”
| David Holmgren