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Permaculture: A Designers Manual Hardcover – Dec 31 1997

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  • Hardcover: 580 pages
  • Publisher: Tagari; 2nd edition (Dec 31 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0908228015
  • ISBN-13: 978-0908228010
  • Product Dimensions: 27.8 x 21.8 x 3.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
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This is the definitive Permaculture design manual in print since 1988. It is the text book and curriculum for the 72-hour Certificate course in Permaculture Design. Written for teachers, students and designers, it follows on and greatly enlarges on the initial introductory texts, Permaculture One (1978) and Permaculture Two (1979) both of which are still in demand over twenty years after publication. Very little of the material found in this book is reproduced from the former texts. It covers design methodologies and strategies for both urban and rural applications describing property design and natural farming techniques. Topics include:
design methods,
understanding patterns in nature,
climatic factors,
water,
soils,
earthworks and their use in earth repair,
techniques and design strategies for both urban and rural applications,
the temperate climates,
dry lands,
cold climates,
humid cool climates,
humid tropics ,
trees and their energy transactions,
aqua-culture,
waste management,
energy efficient architecture,
legal strategies and trusts,
effective working groups,
right livelihood,
money and finance,
ethical investment.
bio-regional organisation,
effective aid.
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I first picked up this book in 1998 and dug into it without really grasping it. After taking a 72-hour Permaculture Design Certificate course (PDC), it all gelled. The book really is the curriculum of the PDC with each chapter covering sections taught in the course.

While there is plenty of useful material for the average reader, the book is vital for permaculture students as well as anyone planning on becoming a registered permaculture teacher. Simply put, there is no book available that covers the topic of permaculture as a whole better than the Manual. If you are looking to get one book on the subject, this is it.
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This is one of those few books that when you've read it you wonder why arent we doing any of these things and why have'nt more people read it! It is a sizable volume, which may be one reason why it not more widely read, and it covers a range of issues such as homesite layout and design (and probably not the one's you're used to... ever consider an underground home?), getting maximum production from your garden in a minimum of space, and other ideas for designing your way of living in harmony with the climate and geography where you live. It does wax philisophical often but to me that was the best part of the book, it is truly and integrated way of considering how to live with your environment and not just simply in it.
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If Buckminster Fuller was still alive this is the book he would have wrote. And like Bucminster Fullers work this book is an important contirbution to science, not just farming and gardening. This book is also a must have for designers and not just gardeners and farmers. While a close "cousin" of this book on designing settlements, "A Pattern Language" by Christopher Alexander is quite often a standard text for students of software design. The chapters in this book that deal with "Concepts and Themes of Design", "Methods of Design" and "Pattern Understanding", give a much better understanding of the basics of good design than any other book that you are likely to ever read. While a "Pattern Language" shows how to create a synergy between man and the archititecture of individual buildings and their collective groupings as villages suburbs and towns.This book shows how to design human settlements that create a synergy between man and nature that is incredible in its scope, and its scalabality from the micro to the macro. If you are designing a house, a farm, or even a city or state this is the most dynamic book on the planet for urban and rural design. This books also contains many metaphors for design and tools for thought (such as decision trees) that are useful for anyone interested in design. This book is a must have if you are a serious farmer or home gardener. If you are interested in infrastructure design whether it be for I.T. infrastructure such as software or hardware design or Economic and Government Infrastructure then this book will give you a competitive advantage over fellow designers of policy. As this book clearly demonstrates noone can beat Mother Nature when it comes to designing systems that maximixe the flow and interaction of energy and information.Read more ›
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For those of us searching for an ecologically responsible lifestyle amid urban and suburban insanity, Bill Mollison has a real and exciting answer. This book is full of helpful advice presented in a very readable way. (The only problem might be getting stuck in the chapters on climates that don't concern you; just skip them until later!) The groundwork philosophy of permaculture is laid first, and the book moves from there to the practical business of actually designing one. The emphasis is on letting various plant and animal species work together as much as possible, to form a basically self-sustaining system from which people can reap a continual harvest, not only of food, but of interest and self-respect. What a prospect! It is certainly a very different one from what we young people have been taught to expect from life! This volume is much more complete in both the philosophy and the practice than were the original "Permaculture One" and "Permaculture Two." It is also much less focused on the Southern Hemisphere, which is helpful for North Americans trying to visualize their own permaculture. I can only hope that more people happen upon this book as I did and are themselves inspired to create a fulfilling life for themselves and their children.
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