Built Environment

Presenter: 
Eileen Sutherland

The pool of natural builders in the UK is small. In 2014 Straw Works took the initiative and established the School of Natural Building (SNaB) to improve the situation.

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Presenter: 
Kat Wall
Emilia Melville

How do we make change happen? Come to this workshop to learn and develop tools for identifying effective actions for systems change at intersecting scales.

Presenter: 
Marsha Hanzi

How we transformed 7 hectares of white sand into a vibrant center for agroecology in the Brazilian Drylands.

Presenter: 
Paul Kearsley
Dave Boehnlein

During this double-header we will discuss the role of aesthetics and educational design for permaculture landscapes. Then we will head outside to practice designing a space with these considerations in mind.

Presenter: 
Paulo Bessa

We are designing a food forest in Portugal, which aims at becoming a heaven of biodiversity and an educational research center. We want to reach 100% food self-sufficiency, thus we are planting both annuals and perennials, in a multi-layer, multi-habitat system.

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Dr Wendy Seabrook

Nature has had billions of years to fine tune the design of sustainable, resilient and self-maintaining ecosystems, the basic functional units in nature. Our human-modified systems, while mostly ecologically dysfunctional are still subject to the laws of nature, and operate as ecosystems. Ecosystems therefore provide a logical framework for redesigning our own systems, whether they are gardens, farms, businesses or communities, to be more sustainable and self-maintaining.

Presenter: 
Albert Bates

The scientific consensus of climate change is unequivocal. We must cut emissions of greenhouse gases by 80 to 90 percent within the next decade in order to avoid catastrophe. The Global Ecovillage Network has been pointing the way in this direction for the past 20 years. Launched formally at the UN Habitat-II conference in Istanbul in 1995, GEN existed as an informal network for some years earlier, with at least one of its member ecovillages having been around for 85 years, and others for 40 years or more.

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Jeremiah Kidd

Climate Change presents humankind with immense challenges, how will we adapt in an abundant & resilient manner? Permaculture offers the solutions for whatever our future holds! I will offer hope & resilience with examples from incredibly productive projects that receive less than 35cm of precipitation!

Presenter: 
Jerome Osentowski

Humans work hard to hold back succession - mowing, weeding, plowing, and spraying. If the successional process were the wind, we would be constantly motoring against it. Why not put up a sail and glide along with the land’s natural tendency to become forest?

Presenter: 
Alison Taylor

In this workshop we will look at how we can rise to the challenges of living together in an urban setting. How do we overcome isolation, poor quality and insufficient housing, while encouraging support of the natural environment and service provision?