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The Permaculture City: Regenerative Design for Urban, Suburban, and Town Resilience

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Permaculture is more than just the latest buzzword; it offers positive solutions for many of the environmental and social challenges confronting us. And nowhere are those remedies more needed and desired than in our cities. The Permaculture City provides a new way of thinking about urban living, with practical examples for creating abundant food, energy security,

Paperback, first, 288 pages
Published July 31st 2015 by Chelsea Green Publishing Company (first published July 1st 2015)
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Wendy Wagner
Remarkably positive! Lots of basic permaculture information in here (including some good gardening/homesteading stuff), but with a focus on using human ingenuity and people power to get us out of the climate, economic, and environmental disasters we'll be facing in coming years.
Sep 02, 2015 rated it did not like it
Any energy put into making cities greener is just a waste of energy. Toby Hemenway, and the rest of the permaculture crowd, really should know better. All efforts by urbanites should be focused on land redistribution, getting public education to train people for rural work/lifestyles rather than for office work, and abolishing the economic system's growth imperatives. He says himself that in the long-term we need horticulture-scale villages instead, so why wait? If people focus on getting the ...more
Sara Van Dyck
Hemenway tries to squeeze so much under the umbrella of “permaculture” that his book becomes a mix of sensible ideas that have been successful, theories, generalities, and obvious or impractical suggestions. The book becomes abstract and schematic when the author presents charts, diagrams, and analysis of “sectors” or “zones.” Still, there is value in the few places where he provides an example or a story of what has worked – and how it happened. It’s encouraging to learn how Sacramento ...more
Sep 24, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: don-t-read
One more of those books that say much about absolutely nothing! I tried reading it and was waiting for the author to explain what permaculture is. He never did. Not even throughout the whole book which i screened through searching for the meaning of what i was reading..."flowers" "circles" "zones" "leveraging" were the words repeating themselves infinitely. Incoherently and burdensomely. But, no sign of ever getting closer to any explanation of the concept in matter. And, i can't believe that ...more
Malia Walter
Aug 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This one took me a while to finish because I wanted to give it the time it deserves. Lots of thought provoking ideas about urban and suburban permaculture. This is a keeper and will be on the shelf next to Gaia's Garden, ready for rereading opportunities and reference.
Sep 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
An interesting, ecological way of looking at our cities.
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Toby Hemenway was an American author and educator who has written extensively on permaculture and ecological issues. He was an adjunct professor at Portland State University, Scholar-in-Residence at Pacific University and a field director at the Permaculture Institute (USA).
“Local power is also the realm of the small nonprofit, church, and civic association. A handful of people, properly organized, can drive enormous changes in a city’s dynamics. I’ll offer yet another example from Portland, Oregon. A group of water-conservation enthusiasts, frustrated at the illegal status of graywater reuse in the city and state, formed an organization called Recode. Although many in the group were young, among them they had built solid relationships with a number of local officials, business leaders, and other key people in the politics of the area. Recode pooled their respective connections to gather together relevant stakeholders, such as health officials, state legislature staff, the plumbing board, and developers. To the surprise of all, everyone at the meeting supported graywater use. So, everyone wondered, what was up? A state legislature staffer in attendance zeroed in on the main obstacle: There was no provision in the state codes for graywater. Legally, all of Oregon’s water fell into one of two categories, potable water or sewage. Since graywater was not potable, it had to be considered sewage. The staffer told them, “So, all we need to do is create a third water category, graywater.” They drafted a resolution doing that, got it to their state representative, and it passed at the next legislative session. After three subsequent years of bureaucratic wrangling and gentle pressure from Recode, graywater use became legal in Oregon. Recode then tackled urban composting toilets as their next target for legalization.” 0 likes
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