The Detail and The Devil. (Part 2 of 3)

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Let me just start by saying that I was not only addressing my own shortcomings in the previous post. My doubts were not coming from lack of confidence or knowledge. They were, I believe, reflective of a deeply dysfunctional cultural understanding of what design is. There is something fundamentally wrong with the way most things produced today come into being, be they chairs and tables, or buildings and landscapes. Objects, buildings and the spaces within and between them have an influence on our experience of life. They can help to deepen our experience, help us feel more at home in our skin and more able to bring our gifts to light in the world. Unfortunately it is not common to be surrounded by things, spaces and places of this nature. This is not because we can’t create like this, but because we have stopped using and trusting processes that allow solutions to emerge from and for their context. Instead of creating special things with intense life born from deep function interlocked with deep beauty, we have been seduced by abstract concepts and obsessed with image and measurable outcomes.

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The Detail and the Devil. (part 1 of 3)

What follows is a candid history of my experience so far with Permaculture Landscape Design. I am sharing this in an effort to shine some light on what I see as problems with our cultures understanding and expectation of design; be it Architectural, Landscape, Permaculture or whatever.

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