Subjects Description This book provides undergraduates with a step-by-step guide to successfully carrying out an independent research project or dissertation. The book addresses each stage of the project by answering the questions that a student is likely to ask as the work progresses from choosing the subject area and planning the data collection through to producing illustrations and writing the final report. Most undergraduates in geography and related disciplines are required to undertake individual projects as part of their degree course; this book is a source of constructive, practical advice.
Although this work is ambitious in scope, I feel this is an important element of the writing, to present an overview such that the reader is able to see the inter-relations of many ideas relevant to design. This is a synthesis of a kind which I believe has so far not been attempted.
Ecological design principles are illustrated through a consideration of a variety of topics, such as urban-rural planning, agriculture and economic systems, hence a general appreciation of the application of permaculture is achieved.
The first section of this work uses the idea of quality of life to define alternative possibilities for working, and for a different relationship between people and the natural environment. The second section is about the patterns of nature which provide the wisdom for permaculture design.
The third section describes the observation underlying this design. As nuances of patterns in nature are infinitely varied, permaculture must begin with the local environment. It follows that a permaculture lifestyle would not arise from a ready-made plan, but would involve an on-going process of learning from nature.
This process of learning alludes to archetypal underlying patterns, but defies definitive description.
It is the application of these underlying patterns to design which is the basis of the fourth section. This deals with the way in which insights from chaos theory and ecology could effect the design of human communities using the idea of a pattern language.
The fifth section is about the processes through which humans interact with natural systems and obtain their needs. This is very important, as it is our methods of production which cause a good deal of environmental degradation. The sixth section is concerned with what effect these changes in design could have on social and economic structures.
As these economic structures could also be seen as a catalyst for change to a more sustainable community, there is a cyclical relationship between the physical form of society and its social structures. The conclusion seeks to identify ways in which people can begin to make changes in their lifestyle to move towards a permaculture system.
In this context, the term quality of life is a broadly inclusive concept which recognises that human well -being is inextricably linked to the health of the land.
It is a framework upon which to hang the ideas from many disciplines, an integrative method which enables us to design systems in which all elements work together in an integrated whole, including people, plants, buildings, animals and natural forces such as the sun and wind. This is not intended as an introduction to permaculture.
The appendix contains a short summary of the basic principles of permaculture design. Permaculture ultimately transgresses a debate between an anthropocentric or biocentric view of nature, as it adopts a non-dualistic view of humans and nature, where there is no division between people and nature, such that nature does not become a space hypostatised as 'other' and not 'me'.
Instead, "to preserve the integrity, stability and beauty of the biotic community" Leopold, Inherent in much of this writing is an acceptance of many critiques of industrial-consumer society.
I use this term to mean any society which is based on high levels of industrialization within a free- market, growth economy.
I am aware that there are some problems with critiques of modern society, and that there is a danger inherent in over- romanticising the past and non-Western cultures, giving the impression that we could return to a golden, or innocent age.
I do take for granted the fact that there is some substance in various critiques of modern society, and that it is possible to design an alternative, including ideas from the past and different cultures.
I am making the assumption that fossil fuels will become more scarce and more expensive and the pollution caused by their indiscriminate use cannot be continuously borne by the environment. In this context, many of the ideas in this dissertation which could seem to be impractical can be seen to be eminently practical.
At the very least, I feel it is important to attempt a description of an alternative way of life, rather than simply accepting society the way it is.
This thesis is not meant to represent a blueprint for a better way of living, but rather to spark creative thoughts so that people can solve their own problems. Two core principles provide the fundamentals of the argument for why we should incorporate natural patterns into community design and life-style: Belonging and Practical Wisdom.Buy How To Do Your Dissertation in Geography and Related Disciplines 2 by Tony Parsons, Peter G Knight (ISBN: ) from Amazon's Book Store.
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