Iterative Design Process

Simple in it’s form, complex in it’s function. The iterative design process (IDP) works recursively and is best used fractally. Fundamentally it is observation of all interacting parties to find leverage points that move us in the direction of goals, the greater the depth of the observation the more accurate the design. Goals & Ethics […]

The Permaculture Flower I

So I’ve been working with the GLPDC to create lectures for our ongoing PDC. We’ve adopted using the permaculture flower, by David Holmgren, as a landmark for each topic but I’m thinking it works differently than we initially understood. Before we thought that a topic, say water, would manifest certain petals of the flower. Now I think […]

Permaculture Design as Meditation

There are many different takes on what real “permaculture design” is. Maps and surveys, hours spent fussing over the contours and placement. Charettes, meetings, and design methods with silly acronyms like O’BREDIMET give us a form and a process to follow. What actually happens through that process? What do the circumstances tell us is most […]

Conversations with Jesse and Milton – City Permaculture – Energy

Jesse Tack and I have been sitting down and filming ourselves in conversation. Our first session was wide ranging on the theme of social permaculture. This, our second, was much more focused as we talked about ways that we could address the design deficiencies of our current living situation. Strategies that we can easily implement […]

Conversations with Jesse & Milton – Food

Jesse Tack and I have been sitting down and filming ourselves in conversation. Our first session was wide ranging on the theme of social permaculture. This, our second, was much more focused as we talked about ways that we could address the design deficiencies of our current living situation. Strategies that we can easily implement […]

Conversations with Jesse & Milton – Water

Jesse Tack and I have been sitting down and filming ourselves in conversation. Our first session was wide ranging on the theme of social permaculture. This, our second, was much more focused as we talked about ways that we could address the design deficiencies of our current living situation. Here we discuss some of the […]

Conversations with Jesse & Milton – City Permaculture

Jesse Tack and I have been sitting down and filming ourselves in conversation. Our first session was wide ranging on the theme of social permaculture. This, our second, was much more focused as we talked about ways that we could address the design deficiencies of our current living situation. Permaculture is an operating system for […]

Jesse & Milton Talk Community Design – A Conversation On Social Permaculture – (Part 1)

Here’s the first part of a conversation that Jesse Tack and I had early in January at the Ugly Mug Coffee Shop in Ypsilanti, MI. Jerusalem Artichoke Pickle Makes one Gallon  5 lbs. – Jerusalem Artichokes 3 tbs. – Sea Salt  1/8 c. – Cumin Seeds Clean and shred (or cut into 1/2 inch cubes) […]