Setting The Scene
This section is the big picture issues, concepts and tools to think that David uses to create a household level to the challenges of the coming years and decades.
Key challenges and retrosuburban responses outlines connections between personal and global challenges of the future and how suburbia might be a good place to survive and thrive in challenging future times, it also introduces some of the thinking tools in permaculture to help retrofit suburbia one household at a time.
Built Field: Patterns of Human Habitats
The built field covers the recurring patterns and design solutions to retrofit detached houses and physical systems that support suburban households, this is an obvious starting point for many who are looking to convert their places into a better long-term prospect.
In general retrofitting is less costly than new construction, by allowing permaculture downshifters to focus on food production, water systems, and community resilience rather than focusing all their efforts into state of the art eco-housing.
Biological Field: Patterns of life and growth
The Biological retrofitting possibilities are varied, every household has it’s own history with soil of use and/or abuse, plantings, food production, sunshine, water, wind vegetation and wildlife.
This section is introducing patterns and proven designs solutions for an abundant garden, it’s not telling you how to raise seeding or graft a tree but it helps you to be selective to achieve the best growing for vegetables and fruit trees along with guidance on what to grow to make best use of your space without moving ti a rural property.
Behaviour Field: Patterns of decisions and actions
The Behavioural Field includes everything about how we behave in the built Biological Fields.
From our unconscious actions that is reflected to our community and economy, in every chapter David is providing a strategic overview, practical tips and important hints in bringing retrosuburbia back to life even if we can’t change the building the season or the people we live with.
David is best known as the co-originator with Bill Mollison of the permaculture concept following the publication of Permaculture One in 1978. Within the international growing of permaculture David is respected for his commitment to presenting new permaculture ideas and solutions though practical projects and personal teaching examples.
As a teacher and consultant of permaculture David is also passionate about philosophical and conceptual foundations for sustainability, which he explored in Future Scenarios: How Communities Can Adapt to Peak Oil and Climate Change (2009), and Permaculture: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability (2003/2017) and his most recent book RetroSuburbia (2018). With an increasingly high profile as a public speaker, David Holmgren provides leadership with his refreshing and unorthodox approach to the environmental issues of our time.
- 592 pages
- 210mm x 275mm x 41mm
- 90 watercolour illustrations by artist Brenna Quinlan
- 400 full colour photos
- Foreword by Costa Georgiadis (Gardening Australia)
- 34 chapters, spanning 3 fields – the Built, Behavioural and Biological
- Includes case studies: real-life examples of households creating change and building resilience
- Designed by Richard Telford
- Published by Melliodora Publishing, Australia