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Designing Environmental Relations: From Opacity to Textility

Written by on May 12, 2016

We are surrounded by thousands and millions of objects every day that are designed to fulfill our daily needs and often even extended versions of our original human needs. They give comfort, entertainment, luxury or work as a tool to form an identity. But what about the identity of all these things? In a world full of brands and labels, how involved are we with the material of our clothes, our technologies, our goods?

New consideration of the material culture opened a partly heated discussions about the role of things in our society. Anthropologist Tim Ingold and the design and…

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Rainwater Harvesting. Supply from the Sky.

Written by on May 5, 2016

All good things come from above. Rainwater is a gift from the sky, free of salt and other minerals, that might harm the plants. In large scale as well as small gardens it therefore makes sense to collect water. This manual gives all the needed information for a simple harvesting system as well as the more complex ones. How do you find a balance between water supply, demand and storage?

Here, each element of the system is introduced and explained, may it be the catchments, conveyance, storage in pools or tanks or at last the distribution with a pump or…


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Backyard Composting. Recycling A Natural Product.

Written by on May 5, 2016

Reuse, Reduce, Recycle! Three R’s that tell us, it’s worthwhile taking a better look at the daily waste. Learn how to turn your biological waste into rich humus, that will help your plants grow strong and healthy. Which measurements for your pile make sense? Where to locate it? How do you create the best living environment for the decomposers, considering moist, air flow, carbon- and nitrogen supply?

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Essence of Permaculture

Written by on May 4, 2016

“Permaculture is about the durability of natural living systes, but this durability paradoxically depends in large measure on flexibility and change.”

Holmgren summarizes the prinziples and concepts of Permaculture, referencing his book “Permaculture Principles & Pathways beyond sustainability”. The Permaculture Design System Flower helps understanding the holistic approach it withholds. Not only the agricultural but also educational, ethic, political and economic ideals that define the movement are further explained in twelve design principles. How do we move away from ignorant consumption towards responsible production? Acknowledge indiginous knowledge instead of imposing “civilisation”?

This article underlines the importance of rethinking culture, monoculture, value…

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Energy and Permaculture

Written by on May 3, 2016

As the ressources of fossil fuel will doubtlessy run out in near future, the debate about sustainable energy systems has found its way into the media and is probably more present then before, not at last reasoned by the climate change. The accepted and widely taught first and second laws of energy are the basis for more practical understanding of energy flows as well as a reenactment for our global environmental crisis. Holmgren introduces the work of Howard Odum, who researched about the interaction of human and environment, seeing energy as a currency. Holistically he connects human energy input…

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How to make a woodworking bench

Written by on April 23, 2016

These five pages give you all the instructions needed to build your own woodworking bench.

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Beneficial and effective Microorganisms

Written by on April 14, 2016

Chemical fertilizers are a threat, not only to the health of our soil. The danger of pesticides for humans is a fact and caused many discussions about farming and alternatives for a more sustainable solutions, that still offer a stable harvest. Teruo Higo encouraged farmers to consider effective microorganisms as a way to improve the health and quality of the soil and produce high quality crops as well. This document discusses the role of effective microorganisms (EM) and how they can give a perspective of a more sustainable agriculture.

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An Introduction of beekeeping

Written by on April 13, 2016

As we might not think too much about the origin of the tasteful honey that we enjoy for breakfast, it surely is one of the most astonishing workers, who serves us with the sweet gold. Bees not only offer beautiful products like wax or even propolis, that can help us fight the next wave of influenca, they also keep our planet alive. As researches have shown, without them the human species would not survive for long.

In only seven informative pages, this document gives you the first ideas of how to invite bees into your garden as well as recommendations…

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Trees, shrubs, and vines that attract wildlife

Written by on April 13, 2016

If you live in an urban area, you might miss out on the beauty of wildlife. This report helps you to get an idea of plants and trees, that attract different species of butterflies, birds or even squirrels. It also gives advice about the planting and suggestions about the setting of your new, lively garden. Depending on your location, further research about indiginous plants that grow well your area might be nessecary.

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Expeditious weeks of eternal days

Written by on April 13, 2016

The first sunbeam dares to shyly peak through my window and softly wakes me up. Two big, round eyes seem to have watched my sleep for a while, my dog politely asks me to shake of my laggardness to discover this young day. The air still wears its cold coat of the night, so I put on my woolen hat and we run together. The birds are singing triumphantly, because right after the last snow, they already knew winter was over now, while we didn’t dare to stowage our warm boots in the closet yet.
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