PERMACULTURE: A DESIGNERS MANUAL, by Bill Mollison.
Bill Mollison is an ecologist of the first rank. In 1981 he received
the Right Livelihood Award--the Alternative Nobel Prize--for his work in
environmental design. He and David Holmgren coined the word permaculture;
Mollison has devoted his life to teaching the concept. Permaculture is
humans working with, not against, nature. It's about causing land, water,
plants, and animals to synergistically cause multiple benefits and to improve
an ecosystem simultaneously. It maximizes functional connections. The many
parts become a whole. To create permaculture design is to make the strongest
possible statement of our eco-values, a resounding vote against current
agribusiness practices. I have four of Mollison's books. This one has it
all plus 129 color photos and a gazillion drawings by Andrew Jeeves. It
gives you complete knowledge to create your own personal permaculture,
a place to work and live in harmony with nature, a place that will nuture
your body and your soul.
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PERMACULTURE: A DESIGNERS MANUAL
A PATTERN LANGUAGE: TOWNS, BUILDINGS, CONSTRUCTION,
by Christopher Alexander, Sara Ishikawa, Murray Silverstein, with Max Jacobson, Ingrid Fiksdahl-King, Shlomo Angel.
There are certain design principles that are self-evident truths, commonsense
but uncommonly applied to modern towns and buildings, painfully evident
in characterless and cheerless houses. Most of us have these evolved truths
deep within us but we rarely think of them. Given here are 253 patterns,
each consisting of a design challenge, discussion, illustration, and solution.
Your knowledge of these patterns can help you to create a home that is
a pleasure to live in, one that is imaginative, inspiring, healthful, and
psychologically satisfying as well as fully functional. I cannot imagine
designing any building without refreshing my memory of these wonderful
patterns. First published in 1977, this book has already attained the status
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