Initial discussion, protocols, history of land and inhabitants, land tenure, institutional analysis (businesses), holistic goal, vision, mission, geopolitical assessment, bioregional delineation, values, objectives, goals, needs, wants, available budgets and monies.
Training in methodologies of Permaculture for representatives of all involved in the site: those that live and work at and maintain the site; this typically requires a minimum three day introduction to Permaculture methodologies and principles or full PDC.
An on-site assessment and research are completed. The designer examines abiotic and biotic factors, physical, biological and cultural attributes, landform, built environment, energy sources, present and historical land use features, activity nodes and corridors, critical habitat foundations, soil composition, vegetation composition and cover, successional pattern and plant productivity, wildlife corridors, water resources, climatological factors, the waste stream. Recommendations are made and discussed with the client based on the assessment and expressed needs, suitability analysis, and the whys and wherefores of transitioning into a comprehensive Permaculture “green” environment. A full assessment is tantamount to any further work on a project. In order to realize the most efficacious plan, based on ecosystem services endemic to a property, a full assessment and inventory of a land base is a prerequisite for making decisions for maximum health and high yield. All decisions made by the client and designers are predicated on what is already present on a site and the principle that we make the “least change for greatest affect”. This is delineated through PA Yeoman’s Scale of Permanence and through points taken from Holistic Management and the methodologies and principles of Permaculture whole system design. This phase lays the groundwork for the next phases in the design process, the design charrette and master plan. In this phase we proceed by observing, taking measurements, setting a vision and goals for the property, and creating an assessment report. We examine local climate information, geological and soil study for the bioregion, native and settlement history, local plant and animal delineation, and perform general ecological analysis of the landscape. The results of this work is documented and utilized in comprehensive plans in the next phases. The natural forces and energies flowing through a property are noted and observed with an eye to recommending ways to create high yields and comfortable living for those involved.
A Design Charrette is held with representatives of all those occupying and using the site. A design charrette is a meeting with all stakeholders; an intensive process involving one or more sessions where each stakeholder gets the opportunity to reveal and express their thoughts and goals for the project.
Create a master plan. The master plan is a concept map with a corresponding narrative and related appendices that depicts the needs and ideas of the client (and all stakeholders) and the designer’s experience in defining what is best for the land and the people that inhabit it. The master plan, built on the foundation of the assessment work completed in the early phases, begins in earnest with the intensive design charette performed in Phase IV with all stakeholders involved in the project. Subsequently, the designer reviews and collates all materials collected and works them into a master plan. The designer looks closely at code requirements, zoning, budget, and potential time lines for future implementation. A narrative and full set of hand-drawn or CAD drawings are prepared. An initial timeline for design and implementation is outlined.
Produce construction drawings, budget, action steps and an implementation timeline. Using the Master Plan as a guide, the designer and the client work with selected architects and engineers to create a full set of construction drawings, budgets, timelines for the project. We assist the client in finding qualified contractors.