Design Project: Key Functions and a Design (nearly!)

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The E for Evaluate Information phase from CEAP is nice and short after the extensive data gathering of the C for Collect Site Information phase. At this stage, we ask which functions are most important to the client for the design? What are the critical energy leaks for the property?

The beauty of a rainbow after rain in September 2014.  It's the closest thing I had to a symbol of scales to represent the Evaluation Information stage.

The beauty of a rainbow after rain in September 2014. It’s the closest thing I had to a symbol of scales to represent the Evaluation Information stage.

Aranya recommends in Permaculture Design to choose 3 or 4 functions for the newbie permaculture designer and then with experience, choose more. Priorities are:

  • Client desires
  • Addressing potential threats such as flooding or fire, and
  • Supporting the ecosystem by plugging energy leaks

I have a presentation on the Key Functions to show this process leading to a draft design (oooh!), and a spreadsheet to identify the key functions and brainstorm systems and elements of those functions.

The idea is to have multiple functions for each element to make an interconnected a design as possible, and also multiple elements for each important function to build in security.

Key Functions Analysis

You’ll see in the Key Functions Analysis that the client desires are:

  • Food production
  • Play
  • Privacy, and
  • Socialising

And the energy leaks that will have the biggest impact are:

  • Water supply
  • Soil improvement, and
  • Wildlife habitat

Design Project Key Functions

These are reflected in the Design Project Key Functions presentation, and the elements are then positioned to support each other, and then to show journeys to ensure efficiency. This is followed by a draft design and I hope you can see what I have drawn there in pen, and some comments about the design. In this design, I was trying to go above and beyond with the food production desires and that wasn’t well received so it was back to the drawing board.

I’ll share the design in my next post and show how I’ve applied permaculture principles.

The Design Project series

Making a Start

Creating an Example

Design Project Site Observations and Maps

Design Project Developing my Process and a Promise to VEG

Design Project Client Interview

Design Project Tools for Analysis