Permaculture

Good design is critical to the function and feel of a place. And Permaculture design is critical to the health and viability of the planet and all of its inhabitants. 

The core ethics of this work is sort of like a Hippocratic Oath for designers. But it goes beyond 'do no harm', Permaculture aims to create regenerative systems. 

ETHICS

  1. Care of Earth (Planet Care)

  2. Care of People (People Care)

  3. Return of Surplus to the Earth and People (Fair Share) 

http://permacultureprinciples.com/

Placemaking

Local, Natural & Reclaimed Materials

  • LOCAL : Shipping materials across the continent is irresponsible. When we buy new materials, we support local manufacturers or vendors that source their materials locally. 
  • NATURAL : We believe knowing where our building materials come from is every bit as important as knowing where our food comes from. By building relationships with arborists, foresters and sawyers, we're actively seeking new ways to connect to our local supply of building materials. 
 A first coat of earth plaster. The simplicity of clay, sand and straw is a beautiful thing. 

A first coat of earth plaster. The simplicity of clay, sand and straw is a beautiful thing. 

 

  • RECLAIMED : When we remodel or rebuild, we sort and process 'waste' material so that it gets properly recycled or donated to places like Habitat for Humanity or The ReBuilding Center. Often, we integrate materials directly back into the remodel which makes for a very tidy re-use loop. 
 Reclaimed fence boards from old fence put right back into new fence.

Reclaimed fence boards from old fence put right back into new fence.

 Stack of lovely barn timbers at Salvage Works in Portland.

Stack of lovely barn timbers at Salvage Works in Portland.

 Old beams get a new life and instill our buildings with character and history.

Old beams get a new life and instill our buildings with character and history.