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Permaculture Principles: Not Just For Hippies. 4 Beautiful Images of Permaculture Projects


Stunning Visions of the Future Under Permaculture Principles

1) The Botanic Center Bloom
An ambitious proposal to ‘bloom’ the Botanic Center in Brussels, from the French firm Vincent Callebaut Architectures, the vision consists of dressing the building facade with seasonal, biodiverse, carbon dioxide absorbing vegetation, optimizing natural light and ventilation. | From the Article "Permaculture: Not Just For Hippies. 4 Beautiful Images of Future (and Present) Permaculture Projects" | wisdompills.com

An ambitious proposal to ‘bloom’ the Botanic Center in Brussels consists of dressing the building facade with seasonal, biodiverse, carbon dioxide absorbing vegetation.

Designed to be energy-efficient, optimizing natural light and ventilation and with the potential to integrate urban gardens, the center is envisioned as a model of sustainable construction.


2) Hundertwasser-Krawina-Haus
The 'Hundertwasser', in Vienna’s 3rd district, successfully integrated nature, architecture and original design. A large-scale example of permaculture in action. | From the Article "Permaculture: Not Just For Hippies. 4 Beautiful Images of Future (and Present) Permaculture Projects" | wisdompills.com

Artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser became famous for his visionary architecture, which expressed his belief that everything is interconnected (which, of all the permaculture principles, is undoubtedly the foundational concept). In Vienna’s 3rd district the Hundertwasser, designed with architect Josef Krawina, successfully integrated nature and architecture.

Hundertwasser believed that if land was cleared for a building, nature should be given back that area. Roof gardens provide habitat for birds, butterflies and other insects, aid with climate regulation, clean air and purify water run-off. ‘Tree tenants’ occupy the building and an avoidance of straight lines achieves a ‘natural’ feel.

The building has also become a significant tourist attraction, potentially increasing revenue to the area.

3) The Jaypee Green Sports City
The Jaypee Green Sports City, New Delhi, India. Designed to be entirely self-sufficient and to mitigate the effects of extreme weather and temperatures, the vision is one of soaring, plant festooned, living, working and growing spaces. | From the Article "Permaculture: Not Just For Hippies. 4 Beautiful Images of Future (and Present) Permaculture Projects" | wisdompills.com

For a truly futuristic look at permaculture, check out the extraordinary plans for a ‘vertical village’ posited for Jaypee, New Delhi.

Designed to be entirely self-sufficient and to mitigate the effects of extreme weather and temperatures, the vision is one of soaring, plant festooned, living, working and growing spaces.

4) 2050 vision of Paris
"A 2050 Vision of Paris", from the French firm Vincent Callebaut Architectures, specializing in sustainable design. | From the Article "Permaculture: Not Just For Hippies. 4 Beautiful Images of Future (and Present) Permaculture Projects" | wisdompills.com

The same French architectural team behind so many of the ‘eco-city’ projects for the future have truly ambitious plans for an established city rich in architectural history: Paris itself. The plan for this vision of a ‘smart city’ is to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions the city produces by 2050.

Respecting the character and history of each district, the idea is to ‘bring the purifying effects of rural life into the city and encourage residents to involve themselves in cultivating a sustainable lifestyle’. If properly executed, this exciting city-wide project will undoubtedly be the grandest display of permaculture principles we have yet to see.

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Perhaps Mollison put it best when he said: ‘permaculture is a philosophy of working with, rather than against nature; of protracted and thoughtful observation rather than protracted and thoughtless labor’.

The inspiring projects above, adhering to the core permaculture principles therein, offer a viable, sustainable, self-regulating and environmentally sensitive way of living lightly on the earth. In the process, our precious and shrinking wild areas can be left to thrive. After all, nature does just fine without us.

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what kind of future will await us ..

I'm not sure yet with Millennials. They seem to want things that they may be sorry for in the future. They do have a good sense of minimalism as far as "things". But they fail to recognize that not wanting to own "anything" is not going to set well with them in the future. That kind of mindset makes for not saving financially which is going to hurt them. I don't like the idea of these big buildings like huge apartment complexes. I enjoy pretty, not a big box like structure to live in. Some are going grand millennial. I love the photo third down in the discussion. Pretty colors and style!

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