Before i did an actual course, i had several ideas and preconceptions of what permaculture was. Only once i had been through the 2 week process (and the further 2 week Internship) that i gained new eyes to see the world, and thus, to see the NU world. i was excited at testing the design methodology to applications other than gardens and farms, to such things as stories, games and engagements, as well as using this new ‘eye’ on the major projects and frameworks i had been developing in the last years
Within weeks of completing my Permaculture Design Course (PDC) at ‘Berg n Dal‘ , i worked with the amazing crew to help put the Garden Route Permaculture Festival together at one of the communities i had lived and worked with for some years
This adapt-and-adopt use of the permaculture design methodology has also been applied to the design and construction of a temporary tipi village that was placed in the artist village at a Festival. This was followed up by an artist in residency project in the cluster of communities around Greyton, about 150 kms from Cape Town. The Trash to Treasure Festival was centered around upcycling and recycling, working with the local Transition Town crew to design and implement the one day festival
After a few further experiments in ways to employ the design methodology including installations, events and project planning, the process switched to urban solutioning. The September 2014 world action around climate change saw a group in Durban gather to produce an event in line with global activations, once again using the perma design method to streamline the implementation
We set up an Urban Permaculture ‘Garden Party’- an experiment in community strength where we used as little cash exchanges and issued our notes to celebrate and potentially calibrate.
i got to apply this new lens in designing one of the JungleHouse projects. This house was the COP20 artivist community hub in Lima, and though most of the designing of elements and components was never used in execution, great value was extracted from the process. A blog to share my visionings and methodology was created here as part of the planning process:
During the following year, a focus began on using Natures patterns as inspiration for testing new ways to organise ourselves, present counter narratives and exercise our right to mobilize and gather on the streets. This year of 2015 was also the year of preparing for COP21 in Paris. I once again used the perma design method to design and develop integrative solutioning in the world of modern artivism and defence of nature, especially around the JungleHouse model of a temporary autonomous hub.
Once again, the distance or lack of proximity meant a lot of the ideas, projects and components planned, were not finally realised. The state of emergency that followed the bombings in late 2015 also meant many of the projected activities were disrupted and many several new plans emerged. The blog for the La’Annexe JungleHouse is documented here: