Village Repair: Permaculture Design Maquettes for Small Towns and Villages
Village Repair focusses on creating relationships, gathering places and habitat that promotes healthy interactions between people, animals, birds, reptiles, insects, plants, fungi and all other living and non-living links in the ecological community. As an activated social permaculture program and transition initiative, Village Repair hopes to inspire communities to redesign their own neighbourhoods into thriving, abundant and diverse ecosystems which support the web of life for all living and non-living things.
The industrial revolution, coupled with its move towards privatisation of land and resources and its focus on capitalisation, has had effects which can be somewhat imperceptible when viewed over only a decade or so, but which become pronounced and dramatic when viewed since its inception until now. While the industrial revolution has brought not a few benefits — to some at least — it has also brought a host of significant negatives. The most obvious of these negatives, of course, is that the human race is, rather efficiently, bringing itself face to face with a potential complete meltdown of planetary biological systems, or, at least, with dangerously abrupt changes to them.
But looking deeper at the problems of environmental collapse, we should quickly discern that our crisis is less about environmental systems than it is about people systems — the invisible structures that frame and facilitate the fulfillment of our needs, our ambitions and the form, and subsequent result, of the economic activity that comes from these.
Strawbale Building Workshop: With Frank Thomas of Yesterday/Today/Tomorrow Strawbale Constructions
What: Strawbale Construction Teaching Workshop
Where: AREC (Australian Rural Education Centre) in Mudgee, NSW
When: Monday 14th to Friday 18th of November 2011
Frank is one of Australia’s foremost experts on Strawbale Building and the techniques involved. He has worked on major domestic and commercial Strawbale buildings.
For more on Frank, please visit his website:http://www.strawtec.com.au