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MASTER IN GEOPHILIA

Module 8

 
COMMUNITY DESIGN
AND PERMACULTURE

Welcome to the eightth module of the Geophilia Master!

Going deep into the philosophy of permaculture and guidelines for designing harmonic communities 


In this module you will learn how to design architecturally, socially and economically a community with the principles of design of Sacred Geometry, Biomimicry, Permaculture and Regenerative Design.
There are some very few examples built on the planet of human settlements designed based on the principles of Biological Architecture and Sacred Geometry, and we will study them all. 
A village is a human settlement that meets certain characteristics of infrastructure, services and equipment. An ecological construction is one that is made with the materials of the area as far as possible and has a low environmental impact on the use of its resources.
An ecovillage is the sum of both concepts, a human settlement rooted in an ecological construction. If we add to this the use of fractal geometry in its design we have a fractal ecovillage. However, the human, social component arises. It is not the stacked bricks that give meaning to a village but the task and social purpose what determines it in its daily functionality. A real ecovillage is not only to protect from the environment and connect people socially, but to generate an awakening of the increased capacities of human consciousness, specifically the capacities that correspond to the superior intellect, superior emotions and superior sexuality. Your task will be to implement one as an exercise for planting the seeds for the new towns to be built.  


LESSON ONE.




Global examples of fractal communities and alternative settlements . Schemes of legal constitution and social order. Geometric organization of the management and use of power. Geometric designs and what they mean. Alternative technologies to live in a self-dependent way. Permacultural design synthesized. Permaculture definition.

LESSON TWO.




 State of the World. Permaculture ethics. Permaculture design process overview. Scales of Permaculture systems. Pattern understanding: the watershed. Site analysis content. Site analysis documentation and presentation.

LESSON THREE.




Permaculture design principles . Permaculture design methods. Scales of permanence. Permaculture design for drylands. Permaculture design for tropics. Permaculture design for temperate and cold climates. Holmgren’s 12 Principles and their correlation to Mollison’s Principles. Climates, Biogeography and Microclimates. 

LESSON FOUR.




Design Methods and Process. The Home System. Water: the hydrologic cycle; Conservation, water’s functions, matching quality to use; Water harvesting and storage in built containers, in ponds, and in ground; Tropical, arid, and temperate strategies; Earthworks; Keyline design, micro- catchments, gabions, and check dams; Use of levelling instruments and construction of swales; Design and construction of earthen dams and ponds. Soils: Soil biology and function in the ecosystem; Soil texture, structure, classification, and testing; Fertility management and soil repair. Trees, Forests, Plants, and Cultivated Ecologies: Architecture, growth, and function of trees; placement and role of forest; Agroforestry, tree crops, multifunctional hedgerows, and orchard design. Animals: Designs that integrate plants and animals (alley cropping, rotational grazing, etc. Roles and habitats of small and large livestock; General husbandry: Food, hygiene, health care, protection, reproduction; Breed selections: Needs, yields, and characteristics; Land management. Aquaculture: Aquatic ecology: Trophic food web, limiting factors, and design criteria; Chinampas and other cultivated aquatic ecosystems; Aquaponics; species choices

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