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  1. 1. Urban Permaculture: Design an Abundant Future for All Kevin Bayuk Sept. 2009
  2. 2. Presentation Objectives <ul><li>What is Urban Permaculture? </li></ul><ul><li>What are common urban techniques and strategies? </li></ul><ul><li>A little insight, a little inspiration </li></ul><ul><li>A little laughter and fun </li></ul>
  3. 3. What did you bring with you? - Mark Henson
  4. 4. What is Urban? <ul><li>urbanized area denotes an urban area of 50,000 </li></ul><ul><li>The US Census Bureau defines an urban area as: &quot;Core census block groups that have a population density of at least 1,000 people per square mile (386 per square kilometer) </li></ul><ul><li>About 70% of the population of the United States lives within the boundaries of urbanized area (210 out of 300 million). </li></ul><ul><li>Combined, these areas occupy about 2% of the United States. The majority of urbanized area residents are suburbanites; </li></ul><ul><ul><li>core central city* residents make up about 30% of the urbanized area population (about 60 out of 210 million). </li></ul></ul><ul><li>50% + global humans – homo sapiens urbanis </li></ul>
  5. 5. What is Urban? DENSITY: SQUARE MILE UA PD Core Suburban % Dif. Cases Australia & New Zealand 3,600 6,000 3,000 50% 6 Canada 4,600 11,500 3,600 31% 6 Japan 12,000 22,100 7,300 33% 8 United States 3,100 7,700 2,700 35% 31 Western Europe 8,100 18,800 6,200 33% 41 . Outside United Kingdom 7,700 20,200 5,300 26% 35 . United Kingdom 10,800 10,900 11,900 109% 6 Overall 6,300 14,000 4,700 34% 92
  6. 6. Urbanize at What Scale? <ul><li>Context is crucial </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Declining energy production </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Commute GHGs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social justice implications </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mass transit options </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Smart growth” vs. “Degrowrth” </li></ul></ul>
  7. 8. Problem is the Solution? <ul><li>Cities draw in and accumulate resources </li></ul><ul><li>Cities are walkable </li></ul><ul><li>Microclimates </li></ul><ul><li>Can we decentralize and localize needs production? </li></ul>
  8. 9. Assessment <ul><li>Site history </li></ul><ul><li>Reading the landscape and the resources </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What is in abundance in the city? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Importance of invisible structures </li></ul>
  9. 12. All Forms
  10. 14. Temporary
  11. 15. Light?
  12. 17. Food <ul><li>6 Month Transition </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Wean off packaged foods </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Farmers markets and/or CSA </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Bulk from cooperative grocers </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Begin to seek out space to grow your own </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Research nutrition </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Assess diet </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Basic gardening training </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>GFE </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Basic cookery training </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Try baking or fermenting or …. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>50% + meals at home </li></ul></ul></ul>
  13. 18. Water <ul><li>6 Month Transition </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Monitor and measure current water usage by month </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Implement basic conservation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Low flow shower heads </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Mellow yellow </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Bulk to toilet tank </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Check for all leaks </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Dishwashing basins </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Wash clothes less </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>5 gallon bucket in shower </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Source food from local soil building farms </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Downspout diversion </li></ul></ul>
  14. 19. Energy <ul><li>6 Month Transition </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Monitor and measure current kwh and/or therms use </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Basic conservation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>LED or CFL bulbs </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Plug strip habit </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Fill refrigerator with water containers </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Launder cold </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Solar clothes drying </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Examine insulation/leaks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Move from car to bike or public transit for 75% of trips </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Research car sharing </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Research moving closer to workplace </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Eat more raw, fresh food </li></ul></ul>
  15. 20. Shelter and Material <ul><li>6 Month Transition </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Monitor and measure “trash” and recycling </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Research basic composting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Remove toxins from household </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Cleaners, paints, etc. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Bring plants inside to clean the air </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Create space in shelter by giving “stuff” away </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Consume less </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Accumulate less </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Thrift </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Retrofit with reused materials (e.g., Building Resources) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Begin to research natural building techniques and materials options </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Begin to research crafts/hobbies </li></ul></ul>
  16. 21. Shelter and Material <ul><li>12 Month Transition </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Focus purchases of material from </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Reused or recycled or “waste” materials </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Locally offered goods and services </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Support worker owned coops </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Try to eliminate packaging </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use libraries or create your own library for sharing media with your community </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Set up vermi-composting and/or other composting as appropriate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Research cooperative housing and become member of community land trust </li></ul></ul>
  17. 22. Community and Economy <ul><li>6 Month Transition </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Self inquiry – right livelihood </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ID reference points </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Host a potluck at appropriate scale </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Begin planning street closure event </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ID local neighborhood organizations and attend meeting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Begin to explore NVC or similar training </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Consume less </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reduce all expenditures if possible </li></ul></ul>
  18. 24. BioFuel
  19. 25. Weed Wackers
  20. 27. Waste?
  21. 29. Focus on the Kitchen
  22. 30. City Scale
  23. 32. Good Fences Make...
  24. 36. Backyard Orchard Culture
  25. 37. Compost Systems
  26. 39. Use & Value Diversity
  27. 41. Use Edges & Value the Marginal
  28. 43. HVF
  29. 44. Sidewalks
  30. 45. Decentralize - E.g., Food
  31. 51. Use of Space
  32. 52. Urban Food Forests?
  33. 56. Backyard: Before
  34. 57. After
  35. 58. F U E L (e.g.)
  36. 59. How Many?
  37. 60. Backyards?
  38. 61. Unaccepted Streets
  39. 70. HVF
  40. 74. Animals
  41. 76. Water
  42. 77. Source to Sink
  43. 89. Passive Solar Design
  44. 92. Community and Economy
  45. 93. Community and Economy <ul><li>Transitioning Urban Strategies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Join Timebank </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Meet with reference points, mentors and others for livelihood guidance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Host a regular, periodic potluck </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>File block party application and go door-to-door on block </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Create blog for block with asset and skills inventory (under guise of disaster planning) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Join board of local neighborhood group </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Support localization initiatives </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Practice NVC </li></ul></ul>
  46. 94. Community and Economy <ul><li>Evolving Urban Strategies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Organize urban ecovillage resource share </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Form worker owned cooperative or independent cottage craft “career” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Work in and from your “village” owned in trust </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Evolve neighborhood group to seek autonomy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Advocate for municipal decentralization </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Initiate service projects in your neighborhood with your community to provide support for those requesting help </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Practice NVC and CELEBRATE! </li></ul></ul>
  47. 106. An Ecotopian Vision
  48. 108. [email_address]