2013 – Ubomi Permeaculture

Community and context

This project saw students applying permaculture principles in an existing permaculture site named Siyakhana. Siyakhanas’ history is approximately 10 years; the site does resemble its age. New and fresh ideas were need to be implemented for further growth in both Siyakhana’s produce and its education design. The various interventions included the following


As suggested by the name, students in this group designed an innovative composter that they named the Cocoon. THE COCOON works on a dual drawstring system. When the bag is first loaded with compositing materials, the bottom drawstring will remain tightly closed white the top drawstring will remain loose. Once the materials have decomposed to become compost, the top drawstring is pulled tight in order to separate the ‘not quite decomposed’ materials from the materials that have become good quality compost. The compost is released out the bottom when the bottom drawstring is opened.  Students further designed a manual to accompany the cocoon


The aim for these students was to create a sustainable design for an urban-based, door-sized permaculture space. The final concept involved the use of tyres, arranged in a flower pattern, containing homemade compost. The outputs also included a prototype, educational booklet and user manual.

Potters and veritcultures

A series of stacked containers from found materials that catered for vertical gardening and efficient use of water formed the primary design solutions for these groups. The verticulture concept provided Siyakhana with the opportunity to improve their space utilization in the Germination, Intermediary and Final produce stage. The concept can be used as a singular module as well as an interconnected system that creates opportunities for other plant life(Creepers) to grow in-between singular modules. Infographics and educational material were again included as outputs for the project