Designing Ecological Habitats – Creating a Sense of Place

This new publication from Gaia Education features over 40 authors, including Robyn Francis, Maddy Harland, Patrick Whitefield, Albert Bates, Declan Kennedy and other key figures of the permaculture and ecovillage movements.  Edited by Chris Mare and Max Lindegger, the book is a great anthology, placed at the cutting edge of holistic, ecological design. PDF available now for free download.


“Designing Ecological Habitats – Creating a Sense of Place is an important and eloquent exploration of humanity’s limits to growth and addresses the problems arising from climate change, habitat destruction, population growth and resource depletion. This is not a book of theoretical ideas but an anthology of solutions, of experience, tried and tested, from experts all over the world. The designs and practices included in this book present a vision for the future, already tested out in ecovillages, sustainable communities and projects in many countries. These are practical low carbon solutions which provide significant improvements in the quality of life.

By understanding the process of creating integrated ecological designs, we also make explicit the process of creating integrated social and economic systems. We reconnect with the true meaning of ecology that comes from the Greek word oikos, meaning ‘home’ or ‘a place to live’. Humanity’s greatest challenge is to ensure that planet Earth can support human life far into future centuries by not only by adapting to climate change but also by mitigating it. We must start to do this at home and in our personal lives, our communities, our bio-regions, our nations and ultimately on our planet. Designing Ecological Habitats offers us human-scale solutions to do just this.”   Quote from the book’s foreword by Mark Richmond (UNESCO)

The 277 page book is presented in six sections based on the following themes:


1 Green Building

2 Local Food

3 Appropriate Technology – Energy & Infrastructure

4 Restoring Nature

5 Integrated Ecological Design

Just released, this new publication is now available for free download from

The 3rd book in Gaia Education’s series, 4keys To Sustainable Communities Everywhere on the Planet, Designing Ecological Habitats is under UNESCO Patronage and an official contribution to the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development


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