Design Concepts

Sustainable design positions that are independent of architectural aesthetic.

System design

Open System

Input

function/ action

output

System design

Closed System

Input

function/ action

output

System design

Closed System

System design

Holistic design

The search for the 'supermodel'

Everything you do has positive and negative impacts....

Scale

Design is 'scaleless'

Patterns

Observation of/ from nature

Patterns

Observation of/ from nature

Chaos/ Fractals

Dynamic systems
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Weather patterns Natural Systems

http://local.wasp.uwa.edu.au/~pbourke/fractals/

Permaculture

Derivative term:
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Permanent Culture Permanent Agriculture

Permaculture
Permaculture is about designing sustainable human settlements. It is a philosophy & approach to land use which weaves together •microclimate •annual & perennial plants • animals •soils •water management •human needs... into intricately connected productive communities.
- Bill Mollison, Introduction to Permaculture.

Permaculture

'Value Adding'
each component, its position, & relationship with adjacent elements augments & adds value to the whole.
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Scale Pattern System

Permaculture
• Think about the long term consequences of your actions. Plan for sustainability • Wherever possible use species indigenous to your project site, or those naturalised species known to be beneficial. • Design for small scale, energy efficient intensive systems, rather than large scale energy consuming extensive systems. • Design diverse, polycultural systems. • Use low energy environmental & biological systems to conserve & generate energy. • Bring food-growing back into cities and towns where it has always been traditional in sustainable societies. • Assist people to become self reliant, and promote community responsibility. • Restore fertility to the soil • Use everything at its optimal level & recycle all wastes. • See solutions not problems.
Bill Mollison, Introduction to Permaculture. pp.3

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