’PERMACULTURE’ was originally coined in the mid seventies by two Australians, David Holmgren and Bill Mollison, to describe the design system pioneered as a response to what they, and many others globally, saw as serious challenges to the survival of all of us. Originally derived from the words ‘PERMAnent agriCULTURE’, permaculture has gone beyond it’s roots in looking at strategies to create sustainable food growing methods to become a worldwide movement encompassing all aspects of how we as human beings can live harmoniously in relation to our Earth and it’s finite resources and create a PERManent CULTURE. Permaculture, today has multiple definitions, but one that is particularly useful might be- “To create sustainable human habitats by following nature's patterns”.
A research on this topic is currently underway at FoAM. A brief presentation and discussion of the theme was shared at the x-med-k- Media Ecologies workshop in St. Erme, France. In the first half a film by Bill Mollison on permaculture in the tropics was shown. The film discussed case studies from Australia, Africa and India. This was followed by a presentation bringing out the main issues in Permaculture. Some of the questions raised during the discussion were:
Complete details of the research can be found at the following link. http://libarynth.org/research_report_sanjeev-shankar