Creatively Using & Responding to Change

Making Design Decisions

Making design decisions can feel daunting, will your interventions prove effective? To make this an achievable process I summarised my design decisions at the end of my area focused page, for example on this sewage management page. This means I can now summarise my design decisions and refer to them when needed. They can also play a role in indicating the next actions of the implementation plan. Find a link to the full summary of Brook End Design Decisions here.

I have used a number of design tools throughout my project reports about Brook End. You can find a summary of these design analysis tools here. You can also read how I've design to apply permaculture principles here.

Implementation Plan

During this output period I have experimented with several formats for implementation plans, from GANTT charts to complicated tables, however I have realised what we really need is something simple and readable that covers the project at a strategic level. Detailed 'next actions' then give us focus for immediate tasks to achieve the plan. You can read my implementation plan here.

Brook End Next Actions

Order water butts & downpipes
Completion date: 12 Dec 2011

Order water butts for greenhouse rainwater harvesting system

Order drip hose
Completion date: 14 Dec 2011

Order drip hose irrigation for pollytunnel

LAND application
Completion date: 15 Dec 2011

Apply for LAND Centre status with the Permaculture Association

Websites
Completion date: 15 Dec 2011

*Finish Brook End website *Upload Brook End Design Work to WHP website

Fruit Cage
Completion date: 29 Dec 2011

Research costs of fruit cages & order most affordable

Planting schedule
Completion date: 5 Jan 2012

Decide cultivation schedule for 2012

VON application
Completion date: 30 Jan 2012

Contact Vegan Organic Network RE becoming VON centre

Making Planting Decisions
Completion date: 30 Jan 2012

Decide which plants to cultivate and integrate at Brook End based on design decisions including:

*Early maturing fruit varieties *Local drought tolerant species *Multifunction groundcover in orchard *Nitrogen fixing species in orchard * Bee & insect forage species *Woodland bulbs *More diverse leaf crops *Potato alternatives *Citrus fruits for pollytunnel *Soya beans/pulses in temperate climates *Antibiotic species *Medicinal succulents *Other medicinal plants *Soft fruit for orchard & fruit cage *Perennial vegetables *Logs for mushroom cultivation *Edible flower species *Chicken forage in orchard *Salad varieties

Design Work Research
Completion date: 28 Feb 2012

Do pond, constructed wetland & stream restoration learning & research

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Output 3: Designing for Family Resilience

Output Overview

Output Overview

Introduction

Introduction

1. Design Processes

1. Design Processes

2. Observe & Interact

2. Observe & Interact

3. Designing from Patterns to Details

3. Designing from Patterns to Details

- Nutritional Resilience

- Nutritional Resilience

- Medicinal Resilience

- Medicinal Resilience

- Indoor Ecosystems

- Indoor Ecosystems

- Permaculture Orchards

- Permaculture Orchards

4. Catch & Store Energy

4. Catch & Store Energy

5. Obtain a Yield

5. Obtain a Yield

6. Designing for All Our Relations

6. Designing for All Our Relations

7. Creatively Using & Responding to Change

8. Learning Review & Pathway Reflection

8. Learning Review & Pathway Reflection

Conclusion

Conclusion

Appendices

Appendices

- Design Tools

- Design Tools

- Resource Review

- Resource Review