The design follows a procedure that is besides being dependent upon local circumstances, roughly generic according to these points:
examine (4 points)
- examine the confinement of the landscape machine
- examine potential ecosystem services
- examine historic systemics of the site and past/present social engagement (e.g. cultural embedding)
- examine external and internal metabolic relationship and mark by what they can be measured
define (4 points)
- define desirable nutrient cycles and feedback systems (recycling)
- define nutrient cycles geographically and describe what has to be connected/isolated?
- define desirable human, animal and plant life involvement (affordances and landscape ecology)
- define what type of yield is possible over what timespan (strive for abundance and diversity)
A rather pragmatic part of the procedure is to administrate an input-output scheme of the metabolism. This scheme, together with accompanying cross sections that show the dimensions in the landscape, indicate what types of interactions may take place. We argue, and have witnessed, that such schemes can serve as the neutral ground for both the designer and the involved specialists to foster the research and design process.
Tiezzi, E (2011), ‘Ecodynamics: Towards an evolutionary thermodynamics of ecosystems’, Ecological Modelling, (222), 2897-902.