2. Design Techniques


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Module 2 - Design Techniques


PermaCulture is based in understanding the process of a good design in order to use this in a more conscious, effective & powerful way.   

We are all designers, but what characterizes  a notable design or designer?  What works?

In this module we study the criteria of functional design & the true meaning & the conditions of the design of integrated ecological systems.   

Permaculture has quite particular ways of thinking about design, about resources, human interventions in the system & of integrating the social aspects with the physical, energy aspect & the abstract.   

We learn to look & think in a new & different way.



This module consists of 10 classes or chapters:

You can see the subjects covered in each class in the programme of the slide show at the top on the first page of each chapter.     

Some of the additional materials available in this manual for each chapter are detailed here in the menu to the right >>>

Below are some more general introductory materials for this chapter.


Visions & Hopes for the Future that We are CoCreating

               Visions are the basis of any design.  In this conference we propose some tools or essential maps for creating in a conscious way, we talk about collective visions that exist nowadays, how they affect us and how to have integrity about this, if we really wish to design for sustainability. 



this is the first part (of 4) of the 2nd Class of Introduction to Integral Permaculture




Bibliography for Module 2

Permaculture, a Designers' Manual Bill Mollison 



Principles & Path to Sustainability,  David Holmgren



A Pattern Language, Christopher Alexander



Deep Green Resistance

Strategy to Save the Planet by Aric McBay, Lierre Keith, and Derrick Jensen









"There is one, and only one, solution, and we have almost no time to try it. 

We  must turn all our resources to repairing the natural world,and train all our  young people to help. They want to. 

We need to give them this last chance to create forests, soils, clean waters, 
clean energies, secure communities,stable regions, and to know how to do it from hands-on experience" 

"...the greatest change we need to make is from consumption to production, even  if on a small scale, in our own gardens. If only 10% of us do this, there is  enough for everyone. 

Hence the futility of revolutionaries who have no gardens, who depend on the  very system they attack, and who produce words and bullets, not food and shelter." 

- Bill Mollison