[permaculture] Design critiques

Claudia Joseph permie at earthlink.net
Fri Jun 29 14:10:18 EDT 2007

Hi Linda,
I use public workshops as feedback opportunities.
I am continually surprised how a set of "new eyes" can see things a  
different way.
Use the feedback as confirmation or cause for further study.  Or toss  
out the advice and say "I know I'm right on this one".

Isn't permaculture about self empowerment?  I've charged according to  
my experience as I go along.
Or work for free until you gain confidence.  Public space is there  
for the taking.

Giving it to the "experts" sounds like regular design. (No  
disrespect, experience does inform opinion)
Being there is half the vision.

I haven't waited until I feel "fully confident" since the work needs  
to be done now.
Tell the truth about your experience level and go ahead with  
appropriately sized projects.
Share what you know and keep on learning.
Use the people resources that you have access to.

A simple way to get started is to begin.

On Jun 28, 2007, at 10:15 PM, Linda Shewan wrote:

> Is there a place for new designers to put up their designs and have
> constructive comments on them?
> When I finished my design course (2 years ago) I realised that I then
> needed intensive study and practice in each of the topics covered  
> on the
> course before I would feel fully confident as a designer -  
> particularly
> handling water as this is such a critical part of creating a  
> sustainable
> design. I have not had the space to follow through on that additional
> education so still feel vastly unskilled even though I have read  
> widely
> and try to absorb as much knowledge as possible.
> I have created a couple of designs since then but only for myself (and
> my kids school) because I still don't feel confident in designing  
> others
> landscapes... I really would have benefited/would benefit from  
> having a
> place I could submit my plans to in order to get constructive  
> feedback.
> I also understand that those with the ability to provide really good
> feedback earn a living from designing and probably don't have the time
> or space to provide this for free as much as we all want to get
> permaculture 'out there'. So has anyone thought of providing this
> service as a pay for feedback operation.... if a group of experienced
> designers offered that service from a central point (website I guess)
> for a nominal (at least accessible and/or scaleable) fee then the
> reviews could be shared between them and not become too onerous for  
> any
> one. The benefit would be that we could rapidly increase the  
> ability of
> new designers to create really useful designs... and if we felt
> confident doing the designs we could really get our message out there
> much more effectively.
> It could be scaleable as well from basic feedback comments to in depth
> analysis so that everyone could get at least some feedback to help  
> them
> move forward in their designs.
> Perhaps this is already available somewhere and I am just unaware of
> it... does anybody know?
> Thanks, Linda
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