Why use Permaculture in Urban Developments
Our Vision is to implement the UN sustainable development goals into urban settlements by using the permaculture design principles.
Expand, share knowledge and competency, through documentation and research within the company as well as outside through education, partnerships, training and motivation to replicate.
The 12 Principles of Permaculture
Permaculture gives us a range of practical solutions for a better world. To help us understand how permaculture leads us to a more ethical and sustainable way of life, it’s useful to look at a list of twelve design principles.
- Observe and Interact
- Catch and Store Energy
- Obtain a Yield
- Apply Self-regulation and Accept Feedback
- Use and Value Renewables Resources & Services
- Produce No Waste
- Design from Patterns to Details
- Integrate rather than Segregate
- Use Small & Slow Solutions
- Use and Value Diversity
- Use Edges and Value the Marginal
- Creatively Use and Respond to Change
Why use Permaculture?
You can use the force of nature to your advantage and reduce your environmental impact!
Live within the ecological systems instead of exploiting them. Reclaim and regenerate already damaged areas. It will create beautiful landscapes.
Permaculture combines three key aspects
1. An ethical framework: earth care, people care, fair shares
2. Understandings of how nature works
3. A design approach
This unique combination provides a toolkit that is used to design regenerative systems at all scales - from home and garden to community, farm and bioregions around the world.
Benefits of Permaculture Design
Permaculture is an attractive option for urban developers and landowners because of its numerous benefits. Just some of the benefits include:
→ Less waste - Everything within the permaculture system is utilized; like using garden waste as fertilizer. The use of waste and by-products is one of the reasons why permaculture is sustainable.
→ Saves on water - Permaculture also involves utilizing rainwater and wastewater, making it more efficient and cost-effective.
→ Economically feasible - It is cost-efficient since permaculture systems require less maintenance.
→ Permaculture helps your property withstand the effects of climate change and answer the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
What we do
We are experts in designing and managing ecosystems in a way that work best for tenants and the environment. Our design approaches vary from client to client depending on individual goals, land context, and desired and existing enterprises.
We approach all designs with a regenerative mindset and commonly employ techniques and a toolbox in permaculture design.
We design landscapes to be healthy and productive for the long term.
We use the right plant at the right place and choose indigenous and endemic plants that are naturally sustainable and resilient and not susceptible to pests and diseases. We don’t use synthetic chemicals and make our own organic pesticides and fertilizers.
We are implementing rainwater absorption and catchment systems.
We are implementing a natural drainage system where planted boxes receive and absorb rainwater from sidewalks, roofs and streets. This is the Green drain. It includes several layers of organic matter and a dominant canopy tree is planted and covered with mulch. The surface of the Green drain is below the surrounding grade, which is enough to allow the water to be retained, while it infiltrates. Plants with deep fibrous roots will ensure cleaning and filtering off the water.
We use recycled materials in our landscapes from compost to construction materials.
We source materials and manpower locally to save and minimize our carbon footprint.
Jane Jacobs - Urban Planning Activist
"Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody."