darcy_3000 » January 18th, 2017, 1:03 pm wrote:
Just wondering whether anybody knows of any good books/resources for design strategies that mimic nature.
If anyone knows of any authors/books/journal articles that focus on this subject that are not overly mathematical/technical so as to be unreadable by a layperson that would be Tao! :-)
Look no furtherPermaculture
Definition: A design system for sustainable human habitats
Permaculture will answer everything you ever wanted to know about optimum design systems.
The Permaculture movement was started by Bill Mollison and it is a design system based on 5 zones. You are zone one, your home zone 2, your garden zone 3, the neighbourhood zone 4 and the wider community zone 5. There are Permaculture principals the most appealing of which is ‘minimum input maximum output’ and also minimum interference. It is all about applying the principles of organic gardening to your whole life and immediate environment and getting the best out of it with the least harm. There is a community, courses, an excellent magazine and a designer’s manual. I’ve put a link to the manual but there may be an updated one you can get through the magazine. The first link is a film all about it. The second has an example of permaculture applied in Cuba. Enjoy :)
In Grave Danger of Falling Food - Bill Mollinsonhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JrtJbk8_GY8
Around the world in 80 Gardens – Monty Don - Cubahttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZqIf3Ui6yzw
Permaculture: A Designers' Manual by Bill Mollisonhttp://tinyurl.com/zmtzhuh