Life Places: Xskool will nurture understanding of the city-region as a sponge of interacting ecologies: bioregions, foodsheds, watersheds, energy, mobility, food, people. Participants will learn about opportunities to combine the restoration of wetlands, prairies, forests, and marshes with with roads, bridges, houses, utilities and such new urban features as vegetation corridors, biomes, aquatic systems, bluebelts.
Living systems/Permaculture: One definition of permaculture is learning from nature how to meet daily life needs while reducing the work and energy required. Xskool does not mean the abandonment of science or technology, and it will not forment a retreat from the city back to nature. Cities will be the context for much of the work done by tomorrow’s designers.
Food and Fibre: Global food systems are unsustainable in terms of environmental impact, health, and social quality. Up to 25 percent of the ecological impact of an ‘advanced’ city can be attributed to its food systems. Similar constraints apply to the flows of textiles and clothing into and around cities. But what to do? [Xskool will learn from the experiment of Doors of Perception 9, when we went to India in a search for inspiring new models and tools].