Resilience, Chaos, and Catastrophe

Resilience, Chaos, and Catastrophe

A resource list to support this section of our Permaculture Design Course

The Flywire House: A case study in design against bushfire

A 16p booklet covering; Fire Behaviour, How A House Burns, Choosing The Site, Site Layout, Broadscale Plantings, Water & Fire, Plantings & Services and more

A Paradise Built in Hell : The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster

The most startling thing about disasters, according to award-winning author Rebecca Solnit, is not merely that so many people rise to the occasion, but that they do so with joy. That joy reveals an ordinarily unmet yearning for community, purposefulness, and meaningful work that disaster often provides.

The Resilient Gardener

The Resilient Gardener: Food Production and Self-Reliance in Uncertain Times by Carol Deppe Chelsea Green Pubishing, October 2010 paperback; 350 pages; 16 pages full color; list price: $29.95 Buy Directly from Chelsea Green, an independent employee-owned publisher. 35% off everything at the site with the code: cd2016.Code is good for multiple uses, but cannot be combined with other discounts.

permaculturedrr - Permaculture and Disaster Risk Reduction

How can land-based and social permaculture approaches be used to support communities in developing ecologically appropriate, socially just and future ready responses to potential disaster situations? Permaculture and DRR is an online working group supporting the development of permaculture in the field of grassroots disaster risk reduction and disaster response (both in the global majority and global north contexts).

Facing Fire: Building Resiliency to Wildfire

Explore shifting from only fighting wildfires to working with fire to creatively manage our fire-prone landscapes. Shifting from not just fighting wildfires but working with fire to successfully manage and design our fire-prone landscapes. This film was made with the support of TELUS STORYHIVE and CREATIVE BC. To learn more about embracing fire visit

Designing for Chaos and Catastrophe: Designing Mitigation Responses

Resisting, Enduring and Avoiding - Designing Mitigation Approaches - Observe and Interact, Use and Value Renewable Resources