Conceptual Framework

In the frame of IDDS AMAZON we want to encourage thinking and acting that is motivated by ecological, social, and technological processes to foster questions about community participation and engagement in the principles of permaculture and design thinking. We argue, like Vandana Shiva, in the favor for a nature´s economy based on life.

As Permaculture is a creative design process that is based on ethics and design principles, the projects may range from Sepp Holzer´s “Hügelkulturen”, from the individual to the commune, from Einstein to the relativity of space/time, from cultural autonomy to technological determinism, to mimic the patterns and relationships found in nature. We aim to look and apply at those in a radical and unobstructed ways while taking into account the need for individuals distinction.

We would like to explore the idea of community without referring to or attempting to find an absolute solution for the contextual problems or needs. We want to discuss past and present, structured and informal, democratic and nonhierarchical models of community, permaculture and society. This will aid to understand traits of how we can step by step and topic by topic build solutions leading into long-term sustainable living.

The IDDS AMAZON places itself in the space between a new nature and today’s reality, confronting and challenging them. What does it mean to empower neglected communities, autonomous energy and food production, co-create systems and community awareness? What do we demand, when opposing industrial production and mass consumption, still wanting to improve living conditions for all? Is that possible?

In fact, the IDDS AMAZON welcomes people  that examine, question and present forms of permaculture and community development beyond the boundaries of crisis management. We stand as experimental platform for conversational formats and hands-on experiences in permaculture and design thinking.

Our conceptual position offers the bridge between traditional knowledge & new understanding. Is the common ground in the merging of permaculture and sciences inclusive of, while not being restricted by, the complex dogmas of conventional disciplinary thinking? Through theory and practice we locate a third space for such thinking, while at the same time asking ourselves if this conversation between disciplines can be accessed and gain new autonomy.

In the past decade, the discussion around how the principles of permaculture as well as new scientific forms of knowledge production can mutually engage with each other have arised. These discourses become visible in interdisciplinary research, field practice and arrived in academic and scientific institutions. The debates refer to collaborative work and production depending on the perspective, highlighting what is thought to be lost in the process of development.

Looking at what seemed to be lost and the present, IDDS AMAZON wants to invite speculation on a third space of knowledge production by focusing on the benefits and synergies that materialize through disciplinary encounters. A seed is not concerned with effects and results, but rather with the processes within the environment. We aim to create an environment, which is not the outcome but the processes of trial and error, which are made visible and laid bare to critique.