In cooperation with IDIN, Associação Veracidade, Peabiru Institute, CaosFocado, Ovelha Negra, Olabi, FABLab Belem, the IDDS AMAZON SUMMIT in the site of Belem in the Amazon region opens up for 8 permaculture research topics which form together the IDDS AMAZON SUMMIT 2016. The Summit contains elements of permaculture principles, panel lectures as well as a series of activities, workshops in which practitioner and the community think about aspects of a sustainable development in the amazon region, discuss, research, practice and communicate. Starting point of the research is the daily life of the community: its inhabitants and activities.

How can theory and practice, as handed to local knowledge from global innovation, such as the familiarity of one community with the anonymity of the participants reconcile? How can theory and practice of permaculture and technical knowledge address the challenges of everyday lives to provide socially relevant forms of production?

To acquire content for those questions we will carry out hands-on research in the various areas the applicants from different discourses are invited to, develop together tangible experiments and prototypes. Similar to an tribal village the participants will subsequently start building on the gained knowledge to form Laboratories, working in different permaculture related topics manifested on the premises of the IDDS AMAZON SUMMIT. The development and construction within these groups is part of the research process and is realized in collaboration. The resulting 2week temporary infrastructure in the Amazon river beds is a starting point for hands-on research, workshops and activities to supplement the program of the IDDS AMAZON SUMMIT projects, to reflected directly in the everyday life of the community.

The Laboratories are concerned with the ribeirinhos (people who live along the river banks) areas of live and divided in a set of experimental Topics. To ensure a meaningful summit and choice of topics, we established a participative trusteeship and “citizen jury” with leading community members to select appropriate projects for the given context. Together the collective is a process oriented, site specific approach: Based on local needs the IDDS AMAZON SUMMIT plans to position intended prototypical forms into context.

The heart for the IDDS AMAZON SUMMIT is located in Boa Vista Acara along the amazonian riverbed, Para region in Brazil whereas the arteries reach out to Belem to create a space for cross-contextual and interdisciplinary activities that deal theoretical and practical with the combined phenomenon of ecological and technological design processes and future sustainable development. The aim is to bring together a global and specialized mix of people to interact and learn to understand to co-create and build long-term design solutions. In addition to symposia, workshops, conferences, concerts, meditation sessions and exhibition projects we are open to experimental formats for various publics to be tested.

Design Research Methods

Ecological design is defined by Sim Van der Ryn and Stuart Cowan as “any form of design that minimizes environmentally destructive impacts by integrating itself with living processes.” Ecological design is an integrative ecologically responsible design discipline.
The technology design process, like scientific inquiry, does not always follow rigid steps. Often, engineers follow a common process: They identify a need, research the problem, design a solution, build and evaluate a prototype, troubleshoot and redesign, and communicate the solution.
Systems thinking is a holistic approach to analysis that focuses on the way that a system’s constituent parts interrelate and how systems work over time and within the context of larger systems.
A pattern language is a method of describing good design practices or patterns of useful organization within a field of expertise. The term was coined by architect Christopher Alexander and popularized by his 1977 book A Pattern Language.
Community development activities build stronger and more resilient communities through an ongoing process of identifying and addressing needs, assets, and priority investments. Community development activities may support infrastructure, economic development projects, installation of public facilities, community centers, housing rehabilitation, public services, clearance/acquisition, microenterprise assistance, code enforcement, homeowner assistance and many other identified needs.