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RetroSuburbia: The Downshifter's Guide To A Resilient Future | UK

RetroSuburbia: The Downshifter's Guide To A Resilient Future | UK

by David Holmgren

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RetroSuburbia brings to life David Holmgren's vision of sustainable, productive and vibrant suburbs. He distills 40 years of experience into practical solutions for downshifting and retrofitting our homes, gardens, households and - above all - ourselves. His aim is to empower us to live better with less, create abundance and thrive in an energy descent future.

The solutions, based on permaculture principles, cover:
 • modifying buildings and installing simple, effective technologies
 • creating bountiful home gardens
 • helping people lead more fulfilling and resilient lives.

This huge, 592 page manual promises a challenging but exciting mix of satisfying work, a more meaningful way of living and hope for the next generation.

Holmgren has written the book deliberately with a southern Australian focus, drawing heavily on his own direct experience, but all reviewers agree the concepts and actions can be applied in suburban environments around the world.

ISBN: 9780994392879
Published: 2018
Format: Paperback
Length: 592 pages

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  • "...A fascinating, and intoxicating blast of ‘what if?’ which ought to be put through every suburban letterbox in the world... Rich with photos, case studies from his own life and the lives of people he knows, every page drips with ideas, experience and advice with dirt beneath its nails."
    - Rob Hopkins, co-founder of Transition Network

  • "RetroSuburbia is an extraordinary and magnificently crafted guide on living abundantly in uncertain times. Part manifesto, part manual, this is the book you and I did not realise we were waiting for!"
    - Jo Barker, Permaculture Association

  • "In RetroSuburbia, David Holmgren removes the fences of the suburbs and the mind, and retrofits them with practical and positive solutions that build resilient individuals in capable communities. These are exciting times and this is the manual to engage and inspire generations to come."
    - Costa Georgiadis, host of Gardening Australia and community activator.

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