RetroSuburbia Resources

Some further reading related to the RetroSuburbia book.

Please note: Lists of suggested resources, such as books and websites, related to specific chapters of the book are located in the individual chapter sections in The Book. And particular resources that are referred to directly in the book are in Readings.


Aussie St in Morwell

On June 1 2019, David Holmgren gave his much loved 'Aussie St' presentation to a crowd of over 200 people at Kernot Hall in Morwell, in the Latrobe Valley.

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cate and david

Can a book change the world?

Join leading writer and permaculture co-originator David Holmgren as he explores the power of ecological writing in our transition to a carbon-positive, low-energy future. In conversation with acclaimed writer Cate Kennedy.

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Local group questions

These questions and activities have been developed to assist small groups discussing the material in RetroSuburbia. This might be in the form of a book club, or any other group that gets together locally to share their retrosuburban journeys.

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Photo: Kirsten Bradley

RetroSuburbia Network and Community Marketing

RetroSuburbia is more than a book and a website; it is a whole-hearted celebration of empowered do it yourself and do it ourselves culture that reflects the author David Holmgren’s life-long work with permaculture self and collective reliance that doesn’t ask for permission or approval from the usual gatekeepers (the banks, corporations, media and government).

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Retrosuburban Real Estate Checklist

The Retrosuburbia Real Estate Checklist (RREC) and ‘Sun’ rating system aim to help you evaluate an existing property – whether it is the one you live in or one you are considering purchasing or leasing.
Properties can be given a score from 0 for a feature that is poor or absent, to 5 for a feature that is excellent or best, against the 46 line items relevant to the location, property and buildings and the 15 related to the...

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Permaculture: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability

David Holmgren’s seminal work, Principle and Pathways draws together and integrates 25 years of thinking and teaching to show a whole new way of understanding and action behind a simple set of design principles. Essential reading for permaculture designers and accessible to a wide range of critical thinkers. Also available as an eBook.

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Essence of Permaculture

A summary of David’s book Permaculture: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability. Available as an A5 booklet, as a free PDF, or get the ePub version in full colour with added functionality.

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Peak Oil And Permaculture: Interview With David Holmgren On Energy Descent

Interview with David Holmgren by Adam Fenderson from Resilience in 2004 on peak oil and Permaculture. Transcript available

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Take a street and build a community -Shani Graham at TEDxPerth

Take a street and build a community: Shani Graham at TEDxPerth

How well do you know your neighbours? Suburban life is often isolating and rarely a true community experience. This is not the case in Hulbert Street.

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Retrofitting the suburbs for sustainability

Aussie Street Presentation at the Wheeler Centre

In his Lunchbox/Soapbox talk, David Holmgren explores the profound improvements that the application of permaculture principles and strategies could deliver for the sustainability and liveability of today’s suburbs.

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Surfing the suburbs with David Holmgren

Extended Aussie Street Presentation filmed in Hobart

This live event was bought to you by Good Life Permaculture.
Hobart based and Tasmania focused, we're all about activating your head, heart and hands into living abundant, vibrant and sustainable lives.

David’s presentation starts at 3 minutes, if you want to skip ahead.

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David Holmgren on the Endurance of Suburbia

David Holmgren on the Endurance of Suburbia

The End of Suburbia is a must see documentary about peak oil, arguing that it spells a hard crash for the suburban dream. David Holmgren here offers a counterview, a vision of a radically retrofitted, food producing suburbia. David Holmgren is the co-originator of Permaculture.

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Future Scenarios - David Holmgren

Future Scenarios

David’s extended essay about scenario planning that became a book, also available to read online. Two further essays build on this work, find out more here.

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RetroSuburbia talk by David Holmgren

RetroSuburbia talk at APC13 by David Holmgren

David Holmgren encourages permaculture activists to focus their energies on retrofitting suburbia for an energy decent future. David argues that the opportunities to retrofit are so much more important than new buildings because of the limits to debt based growth. Filmed at the 13th Australasian Permaculture Convergence in Perth October 2016.

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