Nature is rich with patterns that serve both practical function and aesthetic form. They are so finely balanced and precisely tuned that they take on a sacred nature. When we apply these patterns into permaculture design, we create more habitat and edge, work with natural cycles and seasons, and ensure our technology doesn’t harm nature.
Here, we’ll take a look at several ubiquitious patterns that are found in nature and human cultures: The arch pattern is found in our bodies and mimicked in our architecture. The spiral is an important pattern found pretty much everywhere. The wave is crucial to electromagnetism and is also a marker of seasonal changes.