EDITION: August - October 2011

SUSTAINABLE HABITATS

Text: Amanda Pi Cunningham
Permaculture is inspired by the observation of natural systems. It combines the wisdom of traditional methods of the past and includes modern technical and scientific knowledge. Ecological architecture only makes sense when one considers its close connection with its surroundings. Proper water management, for example, allows us to make use of this precious resource and to re-use it both in lavatories and for irrigation, making use of a plant-based biological purification system. Food production and the recycling of organic waste both for agriculture and farming purposes allows each and every component to become part of a complete cycle that feeds-back to itself naturally. All sources of renewable energy also become part of the jigsaw puzzle bringing about auto-sufficiency as a whole, which is precisely what the residents of our islands managed to achieve a long time ago.