The recent floods in eastern Australia highlight the power of water to destroy. Pioneering Australian ecological designer and co-originator of the permaculture design system, David Holmgren is calling on governments and landholders to spend less money more wisely in managing our watersheds and streams. Holmgren says the permaculture design slogan for water “Slow it, spread it, and sink it” can be applied at all scales from the backyard to the watershed.
Retrosuburbia is more than just a book – it is a wholehearted celebration of empowered do-it-yourself and do-it-ourselves culture. With the book now into its second print run, the retrosuburbia team is focusing on complementary ways of getting the ideas out there: we are calling this the ‘Retrosuburbia Rollout’.
Samuel Alexander, from the Simplicity Collective has just published a new book, Degrowth in the Suburbs: A Radical Urban Imaginary, co-authored with Professor Brendan Gleeson, with a foreword by David Holmgren.
The book addresses a central dilemma of the urban age: how do we make suburban landscapes sustainable in the face of planetary ecological crises? The authors argue that degrowth, a planned contraction of overgrown economies, is the most coherent paradigm for suburban renewal.