Permaculture: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability

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Permaculture co-originator David Holmgren’s seminal work, Principle and Pathways draws together and integrates 25 years of thinking and teaching to show a whole new way of understanding and action behind a simple set of design principles. Essential reading for permaculture designers and accessible to a wide range of critical thinkers.

Current printed edition in original format. Available as an eBook, fully reviewed with updated links and direct cross-referencing, in ePub and .mobi formats, suitable for most modern tablets and smart phones. Also available in bulk.

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If you want a clear, deep and passionate guide to how we, as a race, might adapt to the rapidly approaching reality of energy descent in such a way that we not only survive but thrive, you must read this. Rob Hopkins, the Transition founder

If the Permaculture Principles that David Holmgren discusses in this extremely important book were applied to all that we do, we would be well on the road to sustainability, and beyond.Professor Stuart B. Hill

This book is relevant to every aspect of how we reorganise our lives, communities and landscapes to creatively adapt to ecological realities which shape human destiny.

For students and teachers of permaculture this book provides something more fundamental and distilled than Mollison’s encyclopedic Designers Manual.

For the general reader this book provides refreshing perspectives on a range of environmental issues and shows how permaculture is much more than a system of gardening. For anyone seriously interested in understanding the foundations for sustainable design and culture, this book is essential reading.

Although a book of ideas, the big picture is repeatedly grounded by reference to Holmgren’s own patch, Melliodora, and other practical examples.

180mm wide x 240mm high, 320 pages, black and white.

You can also read the free summary of permaculture concept and principles taken from this book – Essence of Permaculture.

Also available in Japanese, Portugese, Spanish, Czech, Italian, French, German, Korean and Chinese.



Permacultura, Princîpios e caminhos além da Sustentabilidade




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Korean – 퍼머컬처 표지



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Weight 0.585 kg
Dimensions 242 x 180 x 25 mm

1 review for Permaculture: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability

  1. 4 out of 5

    At the end of his principle ‘Use Small and Slow Solutions’, David Holmgren writes “when an adolescent sense of immortality and values of speed, novelty and endless growth define a whole civilisation, I think we are close to its demise and the birth of a new cultural paradigm. Watch it slowly unfold.”

    This book is the clearest elucidation of what this new paradigm might look like since his permaculture co-originator Bill Mollison’s seminal ‘Permaculture, a Designers Manual’ was published in 1988. It is no exaggeration to call this the most important book published in the last 15 years..

    …It does have its limitations. It is not a good book for a beginner, nor is it a practical manual like, say, ‘The Designers Manual’. It is not really the book to leave lying around for the relative who keeps asking you what permaculture is. Holmgren’s style is quite academic, and the book has little in the way of visual stimulation, there are no pictures apart from a few diagrams. The cover is also not particularly arresting as far as covers go. However, the strength of what this book is more than makes up for what it isn’t. Reading the book is like eating a rich (organic) chocolate cake, you need to take it in small slices, and go off and lie down for a while to digest it. If you had too much of it in one go you would probably feel a bit dizzy and have to lie down anyway, you have to pace yourself. There is so much in it that I expect to have to read it a few times more to really get to grips with some of the concepts he puts forward.

    I mentioned at the start of this review that I consider this to be the most important book published since ‘A Designers Manual’. This is not said lightly, and I suppose I should justify that. Permaculture is often seen as being an offshoot of organics, a branch of sustainability, whereas here Holmgren is saying that permaculture encompasses all the elements of sustainability, and also goes beyond that, and not only offers a model for us permaculturists, but offers a way ahead for the whole sustainability movement. What he is setting out here isn’t just a few cosy ideas for those of us who already think permaculture is a good idea, it is the clearest template yet laid out of how the sustainability movement as a whole needs to think.

    If you are looking for a guide on designing herb spirals or how to make a mulch garden, this is not the book for you. If you want a clear, deep and passionate guide to how we, as a race, might adapt to the rapidly approaching reality of energy descent in such a way that we not only survive but thrive, you must read this. “Watch it unfold” – indeed.

    Rob Hopkins (the Transition founder)

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