Processes in Permaculture – from 3D to 4D designing

Some chimpanzees have created a toolbox of 4 different tools to get honey. One to open the hive, one to enlarge the hole and two different spoons to access the honey. A toolbox with standard tools they carry with them when  intending to perform the process of honey harvesting. This toolbox is multi-functional and find a purpose in the different steps of a process. A multi-functional element (toolbox) is a static view of a dynamic process(es), a hologram of a process lacking one dimension; Time.
When we design a site with zones we intend to integrate this dynamic perspective using a simplification (optimization of logistic by shortening the routes of the processes) projected over the set of processes performed within the farm.
When we do composting the objective is not to obtain compost, it is to use the compost to grow better vegetation with value addition.
Etc.
We have to understand that beyond the spatial relationship between elements (one of the most praised concept of Permaculture) exists as well a chronology, meaning a relationship based on time. Understanding these relationships, designing them and monitoring them will transform a 3D Permaculture design in a 4D design.
If we want to mimic nature by design we need to recognize the importance of understanding processes in the design of the farm and connect functions in order to picture and streamline the flow of resources . Let’s mimic chimps :). Read more about design development in Permaculture

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