When we analyze a site, we first look at that location from larger patterns and then to the details, beginning from a zoomed out perspective to see how macro forces influence the site. We then zoom in to observe the site’s unique characteristics, and through this process come to a more comprehensive understanding of the forces that need to be designed for. The videos below outlines this concept.
Site Analysis: From Macro to Micro
First, let’s take a look at what you need to consider when conducting a site analysis.
- Intro to Permaculture: Introduction to Permaculture Site Analysis – Video Transcript
- Introdução a Permacultura: Analises do Site de Introduçao a Permacultura – Tradução Português
Climate and Topography
Understanding the way that mountain ranges interact with weather and the way that atmospheric moisture moves from the oceans into the interior of continents is an important macro-pattern to understand in order to answer the “where am I?” question.
- Intro to Permaculture: Climate and Topography – Video Transcript
- Introdução a Permacultura: Clima e Topografia – Tradução Português
Understanding the Watershed
Next, we look at the watershed. This is the way that land is shaped by water flow and one of the major foundation patterns we look at to understand how our site fits into the landscape.
- Intro to Permaculture: Understanding the Watershed – Video Transcript
- Introdução a Permacultura: Entendendo As Bacias Hidrográficas – Tradução Português
At this point you should be starting to have a clue about how to place yourself and your site within the larger patterns of the landscape. On the next page, we provide resources for you to find the watershed in which you live. Nearly every site belongs to a watershed. There are only a few notable exceptions where it is hard to identify a watershed drainage basin, for instance, properties located right along the coast. So take a look on the next page and find your watershed!