By watching and observing firstly through wonder and silence, we are able to observe further a number of natural processes.
- stillness and
- past, present and future
Such observation of nature assists the design and delivery of sustainable development. Nature enhances the principles of design, supporting the provision of wellbeing, healthiness and satisfaction.
Through wisdom and insight into natural process, humans are provided with a connection to the universal rhyme and silence that support design. Such insight assists us in taking to efficient systems, lifestyle and thinking. Through the right action and desire, such pure knowledge can be applied to any location, climate or culture.
The best medium for design principles
Observation, study and processing of ecology, landscape design, environmental science and energy conservation, provides great ecological themes and disciplines. They help us understand design principles.
The designing and building of sustainable communities must take into account the care of natural capital i.e. soil, water, energy, biodiversity and infrastructure as they are essential for sustaining life processes.
Soil → preserve, regenerate and extend all natural and permanent landscapes
Water → conserve and increase all sources and supplies of water, and maintain and ensure water purity - catchments, SUDS systems, wetlands, reed beds, rivers, lakes, aquifers, springs & estuaries, underground wells, canals, and public realm, parks, open spaces and gardens,
Energy → catch and store energy by all non-polluting and renewable means – look to the natural inherent energies of where you live; Catch by vegetation; Use passive solar design and technology; look to wind, hydro, & solar for power generation,
Biodiversity→ preserve and increase biodiversity of all types. From urban to rural, micro to macro - niches, habitat, seeds, pests, human communities, religions, knowledge, skills and attributes.
Infrastructure → designing, building, and operating of these structural elements in ways that do not not diminish the social, economic and ecological processes required to maintain human equity, diversity, and the functionality of natural systems.
Our design principles stem from the Permaculture design framework. We use Permacultural design to support the way we delivery ethical services and principles.
Our designers have a concise set of principles, We can then use them with a number of techniques that when mapped out will offer the best options for delivering solutions to homes, businesses and communities.
It embodies a complete conceptual framework based on sound scientific principles. We bring all separate principles together, creating a design system that looks holistically at the whole system's design. We look at parts of a project and go through our design principles with the aim to interact with key stakeholders to create a complex, dynamic, and innovative design and build programme.
We offer a winning solution. It separates us from conventional sustainable development service systems. We can bring our added values to development groups, bringing benefits through our unique sustainable edge.
We use a number of approaches:
- thinking holistically
- thinking tools
- designing through system thinking
- observing the natural process and
- caring for the people and the environment
Offering a holistically designed system as our road map.
What is different about how we work?
We help maximise on best beneficial relationships between elements of a project and their placement in a location. Helping to form stability and abundance as a desired results. Replicating the synergy and efficiency of natural ecosystems, rather than the individual elements themselves.
What else do we look at?
Our natural path to success and observation in design come through:
- using pattern language
- ethical principles and
- principles of design
These are ways of thinking and observing that incorporate ancient wisdom, natural patterns and inner potential, helping our Action Now see what's best for any given project.
Observation of nature
By using nature as a guide we are able to apply our process of delivery to any given system or development project.
At the core of Action Now we have a set of ethics that pervade as a holistic approach, offering provisions to social, environmental and economic bottom line. A system for designing which can be adapted to any culture, place, community or client.
The study and use of integrated system thinking deepens a designer's understanding of sustainability. Combining this with inner wisdom and insight a linking thread and system can be formed. This becomes the first step in helping to deliver ethics and principles in design. The ultimate good design for any given situation.
Below is an example of several fundamental principles that help us observe and take into account providing for best practice and delivery.
Every element → in a system should serve many functions.
Every function → should be supported by many elements.
Every action → we take should achieve many results.