Cecilia Macaulay

This Will Do: Humble Design To Make Good Things Happen

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Create a clear, user-friendly home and life, especially for lateral thinkers and creatives, with better things to do than tidy up. If you are someone who gets inspired by the simple elegance found in Japanese culture, Aikido, Apple design or Muji, you should be here. If you get uninspired by the overwhelming list of things to do, objects to manage, and no time to do them, you should be here […]

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Humble Design To Make Good Things Happen

Humble Design To Make Good Things Happen feat

Where should you put your excellence and effort, and where should you hold back resources for later?

People who answer this question well have startups that succeed, homes that are low in friction, and a reliably bright way of facing life’s uncertainty. The cast include Atlassian’s Principal Design Strategist, an Aussie Permaculture designer, and Japanese design philosophy itself, as seen in Muji, the iconic no-name homeware’s brand.

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Get an Invite to Richard Branson’s Necker Island: Become a Permaculture Designer, and You Might

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Permaculture designers Mark Garrett and actress Daryl Hanna, Soneva Fushi, Maldives Meeting Mark Garrett I can always recall the moment I first meet someone, the impression they made. But not Mark Garrett. How many years since I met him? I just can’t say. He’s one of those understated people, always chipping away at things in the background, just merging into the background of the Permaculture world like a blue heeler […]

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Toronto Balconies Photo Competition – Guest Judge Interview with Cecilia Macaulay

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The Annual Toronto Balconies Bloom competition — the 2012 Edible Garden Container Photo Contest — ends on September 30, 2012. This year, I’m a guest judge — a kind of armchair judge. by Cecilia Macaulay If you have a lovely photo to inspire the gardeners of Canada with, send it in to their website. You might even win a prize. But if you live too far away, they will just […]

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A Tale of Two Tokyos – Domestic Robots and Permaculture Bathrooms

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Written a year ago by Cecilia Macaulay Robot and charcoal-fired tea ceremony brazier Roving, roving. I’m now staying in Central Tokyo, at my usual home with the Ota family. This morning I reached for the broom, I got a surprise. Professor Ota came running out "No No!" He bent down, fiddled with something on the floor, and out it sprang — the floor-sweeping robot.

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Start at Your Doorstep – John and Laura’s Shade-Garden Makeover, Inner Urban Sydney

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by Cecilia Macaulay "If you want to change the world, start at your back doorstep" said Permaculture’s Bill Mollison. John and his big sister Cecilia Here is the story of how John and Laura turned a shady dirt-patch into a little jewel-box organic garden.

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Cecilia’s 13 Steps to Creating Beauty in the Permaculture Garden

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Introduction and article concept – Erin Marteal Words, pictures and illustrations- Cecilia Macaulay Intro: After encountering numerous objections to permaculture in the public garden sector based on a perceived fault in aesthetics, I’ve become keenly interested in the relationship between permaculture and beauty. (See background article, Permaculture is many things; Is beauty one of them?) I recently interviewed Cecilia Macaulay, artist and permaculturalist, and asked her for tips on how […]

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Permaculture for Keeping Cosy

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by Cecilia Macaulay If you have been struggling to adopt a ‘more sustainable’ approach to heating your home, it’s time you got a big hug, permission to be extremely warm, and a generous dose of Permaculture. ‘More sustainable’ often means turning the heater down 2 degrees, living a tepid existence, and saddest of all – ‘more sustainable’ won’t get you to ‘sustainable’.

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How to Turn Astringent Persimmons into Enchanting Natural Confections, Japanese Style

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by Cecilia Macaulay This week I’m shopping for a persimmon tree for the Edible Japanese Garden I’m creating. Of course I will be planting a sweet, rather than an astringent, or ‘shibui’* persimmon. The sweet ones, such as Fuyu, are squat-shaped, and can be eaten either crunchy or yielding. The long-shaped Hachiya variety, the ones Aussies first planted before we knew better (sorry Hachiya), are awfully ‘shibui’. You have to […]

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