Permaculture is a tool that is currently being implemented by various organisations as a platform for empowering previously disadvantaged communities. Permaculture could be revolutionary in a South African context especially in previously disadvantaged communities by:
- improving the health of communities through a healthier and affordable eating plan,
- Through creating awareness of self-sustainability as promoted through Permaculture
- and by educating communities in the philosophy and implementation of Permaculture
- and using Permaculture to create small-business opportunities and thus alleviating poverty
But there exist various factors that challenges the successful implementation of Permaculture for organisations that promotes its benefits. These will be addressed in this 10 Percent project!
Aims and focus of the project
Students will be confronted with the opportunities and challenges of the ‘Green Sector’, the role Permaculture plays in uplifting communities within a South African context. The students are tasked to:
• Understand and define issues from a design perspective
• Generate multiple potential solutions
• Build a prototype testing a design solution in a tangible manner
The aim of the project is therefore for students to gain an understanding of Permaculture entering the ‘Green Sector’ in South Africa and to write a brief that addresses the issues involved.
A design solution must be executed to illustrate how Permaculture can improve communities that considers the various constraints posed by the ‘green Sector’, Permaculture and impoverishment.
HOW WE HELPED
Greenside Design Centre has recently rebranded their image and created a new green look. We took this into consideration and decided to implement the ‘green look’ through the college. Our objective is to make the college look aesthetically appealing and also uplift the community. We aim to plant vegetation that will grow on the walls and in pot plants.
The planting of beans, vegetables and herbs will help us, as a community, to supply to neighbouring restaurants and café’s or to those who need it. In the long term we want to use grey water for the plants to save Greenside on water costs and create our own compost heap to also contribute to the growing of the plants. We’ve also came up with a transport system to move the produce from GDC around the community.
WHAT WE DID
DOWNSTAIRS PATIO/SMOKING AREA
A private area for students
Vines with non-fragrent flowers
Incorporate the butt movement design concept
PARKING LOT GARDEN
Inner pod made of hedges as smoking area
Secluded area for staff and student use
A private area for lecturers.
Artificial or real grass amongst the seating and stepping stones
Incorporating the branding of GDC
Herb or vegetable garden
T The Eco-Cycle is an environmentally friendly solution for short term transportation.
It uses zero carbon while transporting waste products and can carry a very heavy load
It can be built out of scrap materials(from GDC)
ransportation of organic produce
eliminates carbon emissions