Module 21 – Ecological Design

Ecological Design

Chiang Mai, N Thailand


Module Description:

        In this module the concept of ‘design’ has been expanded to be ‘co-created design with nature’, including not only physical aspects of community but also core values about the purpose of life.  Participants will also inquire into forms of human relationships with each other and with nature, and economic practices that will enhance wellbeing of all.  Based on a real traditional village in Northern Thailand, the facilitator, community and participants will co-create a vision of this village as an ecovillage as well as co-designing a process of how to achieve that sustainable vision.

Learning Goal

        To learn deep knowledge of permaculture design and co-create the ecological designs with nature

Learning Outcomes

         Participants will:

  1. be able to communicate with nature and community people
  2. be aware of careful planning, sharing of resources and working with nature
  3. be able to apply permaculture ethics and principles in redesigning the sites

Learning Themes

         Day 1 : What should we know to Design? Understanding people, culture and history of community

         Day 2 : Survey the assigned sites. Listen to the people, observing the landscape, analysis and synthesis : The vision of the project.

         Day 3 : Work in group design : finding the solutions

         Day 4 : Work in group design : finding the solutions

         Day 5 : Present the designs to the community


        After graduation from the faculty of Architecture, Silapakorn University, Jo (Thana Uthaipattrakoon) had worked and lived in Wongsanit Ashram, one of Thailand’s ecovillages, for 8 years. He co-facilitated the Ecovillage Design Education training in the Ashram for two years (2007-2008) and worked as a community committee for several terms. He currently works as an architect and instructor at the Department of Architecture for the Community and Environment, Arsom Silp Institute of the Arts, and is interested in promoting the disappearing wisdom of building by local materials (such as earth and bamboo) rather than using those from industry.

         Training and Qualifications

  • Permaculture Design with Max Lindegger provided by Global Eco-village Network (Asia-Oceania) in Sri Lanka, 2003
  • Eco-Village Training at Findhorn Foundation, 2006


Getting to Know Mae Tha community

Recommended Readings and Websites:


Permaculture Design Principles.

Deep Green Permaculture. 

Hand-outs/ Powerpoints During Module:

Last year participants and their design work