Release Date: 31 July 2003
Format: Paperback / softback
David Holmgren brings into sharper focus the powerful Permaculture concept be pioneered with Bill Mollison in the 1970's drawing together 25 years worth of ideas into twelve simple design principles.
Unlike previous books by David Holmgren which have highlighted practical case studies in permaculture design, Permaculture: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability brings into sharper focus the powerful and still evolving Permaculture concept he pioneered with Bill Mollison in the 1970's. It draws together and integrates 25 years of thinking and teaching to show a whole new way of understanding and action behind a simple set of design principles. This book is relevant to every aspect of how we reorganise our lives, communities and landscapes to creatively adapt to ecological realities which 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 this book provides refreshing perspectives on a range of environmental issues and shows how permaculture is much more than a system of gardening.
For anyone seriously interested in understanding the foundations for 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 patch, Melliodora and other practical examples.
o What is Permaculture?
o Popular and academic reactions
o Permaculture Principles
o Permaculture Zones and Sectors
o Sustainable Culture
o Beyond Sustainability
* Ethical Principles of Permaculture
o Care for the Earth
o Care for People
o Set Limits to Consumption and Reproduction, and Redistribute Surplus
* Design Principles
o Observe and Interact
o Catch and Store Energy
o Obtain a Yield
o Apply Self-regulation and Accept Feedback
o Use and Value Renewable Resources and Services
o Produce No Waste
o Design From Patterns To Details
o Integrate Rather Than Segregate
o Use Small and Slow Solutions
o Use and Value Diversity
o Use Edges and Value The Marginal
o Creatively Use and Respond To Change
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Reviews of Permaculture: Principles & Pathways Beyond Sustainability:
"If the 'Permaculture Principles' that David Holmgren discusses in this extremely important book were applied to all that we do, we would be well on the road to sustainability, and beyond."
Professor Stuart B. Hill
(Foundation Chair of Social Ecology University of Western Sydney)
Essential reading for permaculture designers and accessible to a wide range of critical thinkers, this book opens the door to a new and scarcely imagined world. It contribute to a growing synthesis of design with economics, society, and landscape ecology, and compels all serious advocates of sustainability to reconsider the central organizing power of the permaculture concept.
Peter Bane: Editor, Permaculture Activist USA
This book is the clearest elucidation of what [a] new [cultural] paradigm might look like since [David Holmgren's] permaculture co-originator Bill Mollison's seminal 'Permaculture, a Designers Manual' was published in 1988. It is no exaggeration to call this the most important book published in the last 15 years.
Rob Hopkins, Co-founder of Transition Town Totnes and the Transition Network
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