Permaculture: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability

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Overview

David Holmgren brings into sharper focus the powerful and still evolving Permaculture concept he pioneered with Bill Mollison in the 1970s. It draws together and integrates 25 years of thinking and teaching to reveal a whole new way of understanding and action behind a simple set of design principles. The 12 design principles are each represented by a positive action statement, an icon and a traditional proverb or two that captures the essence of each principle.

Holmgren draws a correlation between every aspect of how we organize our lives, communities and landscapes and our ability to creatively adapt to the ecological realities that shape human destiny. For students and teachers of Permaculture this book provides something more fundamental and distilled than Mollison's encyclopedic Designers Manual. For the general reader it provides refreshing perspectives on a range of environmental issues and shows how permaculture is much more than just a system of gardening. For anyone seriously interested in understanding the foundations of sustainable design and culture, this book is essential reading. Although a book of ideas, the big picture is repeatedly grounded by reference to Holmgren's own place, Melliodora, and other practical examples.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780646418445
  • Publisher: Holmgren Design Services
  • Publication date: 12/28/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 233,187
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.52 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Meet the Author

David Holmgren is best known as the co-originator with Bill Mollison of the permaculture concept following the publication of Permaculture One in 1978. Since then he has written several more books, developed three properties using permaculture principles, conducted workshops and courses in Australia, New Zealand, Europe and Japan. Within the growing and international permaculture movement, David is respected for his commitment to presenting permaculture ideas through practical projects and teaching by personal example, that a sustainable lifestyle is a realistic, attractive and powerful alternative to dependant consumerism. As well as constant involvement in the practical side of permaculture, David is passionate about the philosophical and conceptual foundations for sustainability, which he explored in Future Scenarios: How Communities Can Adapt to Peak Oil and Climate Change (2009), and Permaculture: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability (2003). With an increasingly high profile as a public speaker, David Holmgren provides leadership with his refreshing and unorthodox approach to the environmental issues of our time.

David lives with his partner Su Dennett and their son Oliver at "Melliodora", a one-hectare permaculture demonstration site at Hepburn Springs, Central Victoria, Australia. Visit his web site at www.holmgren.com.au.

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Table of Contents

1. Ethical principles of permaculture
2. Observe and interact
3. Catch and store energy
4. Obtain a yield
5. Apply self-regulation and accept feedback
6. Use and value renewable resources and services
7. Produce no waste
8. Design from patterns to details
9. Integrate rather than segregate
10. Use small and slow solutions
11. Use and value diversity
12. Use edges and value the marginal
13. Creatively use and respond to change
14. Postscript: After September 11

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2006

    Eco Philosophy

    Holmgren's initial idea of Permaculture is brought into the 21st century as he grows it from a complicated means of edible landscaping to a far reaching philosphy to sustain us in a culture of declining energy. Holmgren writes with the palpable passion of Jaspers and Frost in the mid 20th century as a Great Mind confronting the prospect of the mass of Mankind doing its best to destroy itself. Not a gardening book!

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