APW provides a dynamic and interactive learning environment, utilising a range of teaching methods that accommodate and respond to different ways of learning. Our workshops teach the application of systems thinking and the science of sustainability and resilience through ecological design, social innovation and the appropriate use of technology while providing participants with useful and relevant skills training.
“Design is basic to all human activities” (Victor Papanek). It is also “an interactive, imaginative process for creating something that has never existed before” (Janis Birkeland).
The idea of design is ubiquitous in our society yet we take for granted that good design, like other skills, is a learned behaviour. The act of design underpins permaculture and is fundamental to the philosophy and practice of APW.