We need accept nothing in the way of social reality as fixed
There is no shortage of opportunity to practice ecosocial design.
Analytical or Intuitive Processes?
we seek to employ sensing processes in which we feel for energies in order to intuit what is seeking to emerge and then go with that
engineers and landscape architects tend to apply analytical approaches
integration of intuitive and analytical approaches. Avoid pitfall.
Analytical pitfalls, a tendency to always think inside the box
Intuitive pitfalls, pitfalls include the possibility that the designer's intuition is clouded by unresolved emotional issues that give rise to misdirections
Ways of integrating analytical/intuitive
collect hunches, inspirations and ideas that jump into awareness in a 'wild-designs' folder.
The value of templates, cycles, procedures, rituals
we often find ourselves called to design in unfamiliar and complex situations
permaculture designers know that each and every design situation and context is unique and thus worthy of fresh thinking
The Challenge of the Too Difficult Box?
template, cycle or framework keep steady progress
1. Slope, Sectors, and aspect
2. Soils and Water
4. Existing Vegetation
5. Current patterns of use in relation to zone and sector analysis.
Frameworks, cycles and templates
Tendencies to Silo Thinking
multiple existence of such cycles, processes, templates and models across fields might alert designers to the possibility that there is common ground between them after all and that maybe they could integrate their thinking
breaking down the walls of these habitual silos
Mash-ups and Repurposing
deconstruct and reconstruct
A Family of Processes
Let client Speaking Goals and Visions
1. What is going well in your life?
1. What is going well in your life?
3. What are your long term goals and visions?
4. What are your next achievable steps towards these goals?
Analyze and Assess
"Analysis of these inputs and outputs is crucial to (generating) self-governing designs. A deficit in inputs creates work whereas a deficit in output use creates pollution".
1) Preparation is 9/10's of the job
2) Beauty and order
form (what it looks like), function (how it works) on the grounds that something that works well is likely to look good too.
Design relationship: earthbanks and islands in and around water provide many edges for plants, animals and people/ Succession :vegetation colonisation process.
The branch/ the lobe/ the spiral / the net/ the scatter/ the wave
Multiple Functions, Multiple Elements
Zones & Elevation
Unfold in succession
From thinking to doing
a big step
People who are good at both planning and implementation are valuable!
need for flexibility and improvisational skills here
Gantt Charts and Program Evaluation and Review Techniques (PERT)
1. what are the probabilities of the time and resource estimations being accurate and
2. which elements of the installation have float and which do not.
plan and actually implement several of your own design projects in order to acquire the critical feedback , improvise your way through contingency responses, and find out how close your estimates were to the real thing.
Which goals did we meet well and, which did we surpass?
Which goals were difficult and challenging to meet and were there any we missed altogether?
The design process
Designing evaluation into the project from the outset
embed an evaluation system
O'Bredimet (popular in UK)
GoSADIMET (combination of GRADLE and O'Bredimet)
Design Web for social permaculture and soft systems
social contexts (where people and communities are involved) may need different frameworks