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Permaculture and Urban Eco-System Design

April 3 @ 6:00 pm8:00 pm

Per­ma­cul­ture, a port­man­teau of per­ma­nent and agri­cul­ture, is some­times described as strate­gies for sus­tain­able agri­cul­ture, with the twin goals of max­i­miz­ing yield and main­tain­ing opti­mum long-term eco­log­i­cal health. With increas­ing num­bers of peo­ple liv­ing in cities, and urban agri­cul­ture the sub­ject of peren­ni­al­ly renewed inter­est, per­ma­cul­ture offers many strate­gies beyond urban gar­den­ing that can be applied to both the design of the urban ecosys­tem and the mod­ern city-dweller lifestyle.
Through this broad­er lens, per­ma­cul­ture is a whole-sys­tems approach to human soci­ety, prob­ing the eco­log­i­cal and soci­o­log­i­cal con­nec­tions between human behav­ior and our cul­ti­va­tion of nat­u­ral resources. Far broad­er than mere sus­tain­able agri­cul­ture, per­ma­cul­ture is a design method­ol­o­gy for the human-eco­log­i­cal con­di­tion, and is the best answer to the ques­tion “What next?” Per­ma­cul­ture has the poten­tial to trans­form the future, but first we have to bring it main­stream. How do we scale per­ma­cul­ture to redesign the mas­sive agri­cul­tur­al, food, and con­sumer cul­ture sys­tems for long-term health and sus­tain­abil­i­ty? What is the way for­ward given the sociopo­lit­i­cal chal­lenges we cur­rent­ly face? How can a focus on local actions col­lec­tive­ly alter a glob­al sys­tem? Our experts will be dis­cussing the­se ques­tions and more at our per­ma­cul­ture forum on April 3rd, 2017
Mod­er­a­tor: Hillary Brown, FAIA, Pro­fes­sor of Archi­tec­ture at the City Col­lege of New York’s Spitzer School of Archi­tec­ture, Pro­gram Direc­tor, City College’s Sus­tain­abil­i­ty in the Urban Envi­ron­ment
Pan­elists: Andrew Faust, Per­ma­cul­ture and Biore­gion­al Edu­ca­tor, Design­er at Cen­ter for Biore­gion­al Liv­ing; Ash­ley Muse, Senior Sus­tain­abil­i­ty Man­ager, YR&G; Philip Sil­va, Co-founder and Co-direc­tor, TreeK­IT; Asso­ciate Edi­tor, The Nature of Cities; Ben Flan­ner, Founder, Brook­lyn Grange; Mon­i­ca Iba­cache, Founder and Exec­u­tive Direc­tor, Beyond Organ­ic Design


Grove School of Engi­neer­ing at City Col­lege, Stein­man Lec­ture Hall 
160 Covent Avenue
New York, NY 10031 Unit­ed States
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