<![CDATA[Orla Design - HOME]]>Fri, 17 Nov 2017 18:23:26 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Biosfera "Permacultura e as alterações climáticas" // "Permaculture & Climate change" @ Biosfera (Environmental Tv Program)]]>Wed, 18 Oct 2017 14:23:08 GMThttp://orladesign.org/home/biosfera-permacultura-e-as-alteracoes-climaticas
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<![CDATA[Planting a Drought resistant Fodder Bank // Plantando Banco de Forrageiras resistentes à Seca]]>Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:01:52 GMThttp://orladesign.org/home/planting-a-drought-resistant-fodder-bank-plantando-banco-de-forrageiras-resistentes-a-seca
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<![CDATA[Ecosystem Regeneration Camp // Campo de Regeneração do Ecossistema @ VDL]]>Wed, 18 Oct 2017 11:05:46 GMThttp://orladesign.org/home/ecosystem-regeneration-camp-campo-de-regeneracao-do-ecossistema-vdl
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<![CDATA[Engaged Ecology & Environmental Ethics (3-4th March 2018)]]>Wed, 27 Sep 2017 15:37:18 GMThttp://orladesign.org/home/engaged-ecology-environmental-ethics-3-4th-march-2018]]><![CDATA[Gorca Experience - Summer Symposium 2017]]>Thu, 21 Sep 2017 10:25:38 GMThttp://orladesign.org/home/gorca-experience-summer-symposium-2017
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OrlaDesign was invited to take part in the summer program organized by Gorca Earth Care, a non-for profit organization based in Slovenia committed to do research and education related to ecological and social innovations in collaboration with local communities and international partners.

Gorca is located in the hills of Podlehnik among vineyard terraces, forests and inspiring views. The project is just starting and still trying to understand what it needs to become. The invitation is to carry out social and ecological experiments that invite people to ask different questions, to form new relationships, to engage with difficult issues,to find different sources of joy and to imagine different possibilities for co-existence on our planet.

A very diverse and international group got together to take on this social experiment around delicious food and several questions that set the pace of the days, some of which stayed with me until now... How can we live together differently in face of unprecedented social, ecological and economic global challenges?, How can we hospice a dying paradigm with respect and midwife something yet unknown and potentially (but not necessarily) wiser? How can we relate beyond identity? How can we access different layers of existence and relate from that space?

It was about the spirit in which we embrace time and space, the freedom to experiment in different ways, daring to step out of the comfort zone, being present with ourselves and to each other, deconstructing preconceived concepts and ideas, being together without expectations, allowing fermentation processes to transform and co-create, walking foggy roads in balance without being carried away by fear... The experiment continues as we all carry the questions with us until we meet again.

To know more about Gorca Earth Care please visit gorcaearthcare.org

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<![CDATA["Nature-Based Design Frameworks" Advanced Course (CE3C)]]>Wed, 20 Sep 2017 12:59:36 GMThttp://orladesign.org/home/nature-based-design-frameworks-advanced-course-ce3cSave the date.
May 14th-18th 2018
Nature-based Design Frameworks
"Renaturalize your Actions, Research and Worldview"
.Design as Nature.
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<![CDATA[Course "Engaged Ecology & Environmental Ethics" @ CE3C]]>Fri, 08 Sep 2017 09:39:14 GMThttp://orladesign.org/home/course-engaged-ecology-environmental-ethics-ce3c
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<![CDATA[Life+ Montado & Climate: a need to adapt]]>Thu, 08 Jun 2017 20:57:44 GMThttp://orladesign.org/home/life-montado-climate-a-need-to-adapt
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<![CDATA[EarthEd - State of the World "Rethinking Education"]]>Thu, 08 Jun 2017 20:54:29 GMThttp://orladesign.org/home/earthed-state-of-the-world-rethinking-education
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<![CDATA[Co-Design Session @ Quinta do Vale da Lama]]>Thu, 08 Jun 2017 20:50:25 GMThttp://orladesign.org/home/co-design-session-quinta-do-vale-da-lama
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<![CDATA[2nd Edition of "Nature-Based Design Frameworks" - advanced CE3C Course 2017]]>Thu, 08 Jun 2017 20:41:29 GMThttp://orladesign.org/home/2nd-edition-of-nature-based-design-frameworks-advanced-ce3c-course-2017Last May received the 2nd edition of the "Nature-Based Design Frameworks" a Center for Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Change (CE3C) Advanced course, from the University of Lisbon, Faculty of Sciences @ the Lisbon Botanical Garden. 
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<![CDATA[Sociocracy 3.0 (S3), a social technology for effective collaboration - workshop in Faro, Portugal with OrlaDesign]]>Wed, 03 May 2017 11:01:43 GMThttp://orladesign.org/home/sociocracy-30-s3-a-social-technology-for-effective-collaboration-workshop-in-faro-portugal-with-orladesign]]><![CDATA[Nature-Based Design Framework Course @ CE3C]]>Thu, 09 Mar 2017 19:22:30 GMThttp://orladesign.org/home/nature-based-design-framework-course-ce3cPicture
Hugo Oliveira will be co-creating and facilitating the following course @ CE3C - Center for Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Change within the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon. The course will happen @ the Lisbon Botanical Garden between the 15th-19th of May 2017. If you're interested please follow the link to apply.

http://ce3c.ciencias.ulisboa.pt/training/ver.php?id=7


Nature-based approach to Design solutions for a more resilient future aims to support societies address a variety of environmental, social and economic challenges in sustainable ways. This approach relies on actions that are inspired by, supported by or copied from Nature. Nature-based solutions use the features and complex system processes of nature, such as its ability to store carbon and regulate water flow, in order to achieve desired outcomes, such as reduced disaster risk, improved human well-being and socio-ecological inclusiveness. These nature-based solutions ideally are energy and resource-efficient, and resilient to change, but to be successful they must be adapted to local conditions.

Nature-based Design recognises the importance of Nature and requires a systemic approach to environmental change based on an understanding of the structure and functioning of ecosystems, including human actions and their consequences.

Nature-based solutions “sprout” from the premises that some societal challenges stem from human activities that have failed to recognize ecological limitations; and that sustainable alternatives to those activities can be found by looking to nature for design
and process knowledge. They therefore involve the innovative application of knowledge about nature, inspired and supported by nature, and they maintain and enhance natural capital. They are positive responses to societal challenges, and can have the potential to simultaneously meet environmental, social and economic objectives.

This course will introduce all participants to different Nature-based bodies of knowledge and experience, such as the Biomimicry, Permaculture and Resilience topics. With almost 2 days per topic, the students will get a good feeling of how these topics see, do research and implement effective and sustainable solutions targeting a wide variety of societal, ecological and economic challenges.
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<![CDATA[Permaculture Research Course (October 2016)]]>Mon, 13 Feb 2017 14:00:52 GMThttp://orladesign.org/home/permaculture-research-course-october-2016Hugo Oliveira from OrlaDesign within his Colaboration with the CE3C-CCIAM co-facilitated last October a course on Permaculture Research @ Quinta do Vale da Lama. Few months later Permaculture Magazine wrote an article on the course. Here it is for you to take a look. hope you enjoy it
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<![CDATA[OrlaDesign and Vale da Lama (2016) - Water-wise Dryland Regeneration Strategy]]>Wed, 30 Nov 2016 17:33:50 GMThttp://orladesign.org/home/orladesign-and-vale-da-lama-2016-water-wise-dryland-regeneration-strategyPlant your Water

http://www.valedalama.net/en/plant-your-water/

Join us for an afternoon of Regeneration in Action at the Winter Gathering of the Farm.

​Within the project of creating a Water Wise Dryland Regeneration Strategy for the South Facing Slope of the Quinta do Vale da Lama we will be reforesting recent Earthworks that were done to maximize water retention capacity as well as native ecological regeneration of the southern upper area of the farm.

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<![CDATA[OrlaDesign and Quinta do Vale da Lama (2015) - Water Wise Dryland Regeneration Strategy]]>Wed, 30 Nov 2016 17:21:56 GMThttp://orladesign.org/home/orladesign-e-quinta-do-vale-da-lama-2015South Slope - Prepared for the Coming rains

​www.valedalama.net/en/south-slope-prepared-for-the-coming-rains/

The rainy season is approaching and with it the opportunity to harvest much needed water within the dry landscapes of southern Portugal. After careful and thoughtful observation, design and planning work, this year we are extending the implementation of the Water Wise Dryland Regeneration Strategy for the south-slope of Quinta do Vale da Lama.

The south facing slope of the “Quinta do Vale da Lama” is the driest area of the farm. Starting from a brittle south facing slope, we wish to recreate an agro-silvo-pastoral system “Pomar Misto” (Algarve traditional rainfed mixed orchard and grazing system) and innovate by regenerating such slope with wise rainwater management. According to the European Environment Agency report on Climate change, impacts and vulnerability (Kristensen, 2012), extreme weather events, droughts, and heat waves are some of the Climate Change impacts expected for the south of Portugal. Quinta Vale da Lama wishes to be part of the upfront people’s research for adaptation and regeneration of agro-ecological measures that could be implemented within Algarve’s dry landscapes.

Together with Orla Design and members of the Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Change CE3C-CCIAM/University of Lisbon, a 7 hectares pilot project is being designed that wishes to showcase and trial effective strategies for dryland (rainfed) landscape regeneration. We’ll be focussing on maximizing ecosystem services by diversifying production and ecological niches, creating wildlife and biodiversity corridors, soil improvement by sheep in holistic rotation grazing, planting drought tolerant fruit & fodder trees and living fences and create more humid microclimates. After the pilot project hugle-swale implementation in November last year, it arrived the moment for structural change in the landscape of this slope, with the modification of the road and the implementation of four new swales, for more efficient and broad water catchment on surface. Within this project we wish to create research opportunities for monitoring success and will be sharing our findings throughout the design and implementation phases through a selection of pedagogic materials and educational workshops.
The following images ilustrate the designing and implementation project happening at the moment, and a next learning opportunity is about to come in the field in the next Seasonal Gathering – Recolher, on the 28th of November. There we count on sharing about the ecological principals that underlie this project and their aplication, and to put hands on earth planting some dozens of trees, shrubs and cuttings on the recent implemented swales. We count on the presence of those that feel the call to learn, contribute and join the celebration on caring for the earth,

Maria Rute and Hugo Oliveira

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<![CDATA[Keyline video]]>Wed, 15 Oct 2014 08:57:30 GMThttp://orladesign.org/home/keyline-video
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<![CDATA[Urban Futures-Squaring Circles: Europe, China and the World in 2050]]>Fri, 10 Oct 2014 22:26:04 GMThttp://orladesign.org/home/urban-futures-squaring-circles-europe-china-and-the-world-in-2050
Orla was present at the Urban Futures - Squaring Circles: Europe, China and the World 2050 Conference.
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