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Water and Integrated Design

Ecological Design for Drought, Fire Flood, Climate and More

with Art Ludwig

Tuesday,April 28th 7-9 pm $20
at PLACE for Sustainable Living 1121 64th St. Oakland, CA


We'll cover—

Audience: Permaculturalists, Landscape professionals, policy makers, homeowners, students...

This talk will be technical but accessible. There will be something here for people at all levels of familiarity with these concepts.



Optimal Integrated Design: the dynamic balance between all the relevant factors in a given context


Helpful Preparation

Create an Oasis with Grey Water book cover.

The more of the background info below you understand (or have been exposed to) before coming, the more you will get out of the presentation.

The following is worth reading all the way through:

Resources mentioned in the talks


Stairs that double as channel to direct runoff to a 100,000 gallon cistern in Spain



Art Ludwig's Bio (short)

Read Art Ludwig's bio, long version, instead

Art Ludwig has 42 years full-time experience with integrated design for water, wastewater, energy, shelter, human powered transport, finances, building codes, and policy. His specialty is complex, integrated "systems of systems."  Art has studied and worked in 27 different countries, attaining fluency in 5 languages. He has consulted for the states of New York, California, and New Mexico on water reuse policy and building codes, and given dozens of lectures and workshops. He has developed numerous innovations which have been adopted worldwide, incorporated in building codes, etc., all of which he has published unpatented into the public domain. These include the Laundry to Landscape and Branched Drain greywater systems.

He designed his own education in Ecological Systems Design, graduating from UC Berkeley. At Berkeley, he developed the first cleaners specifically designed to be biocompatible with plants and soil, and founded a successful business to manufacture and distribute them. Art has authored numerous articles as well as the books "Water Storage" "Principles of Ecological Design," and "Create an Oasis with Greywater."

The past several years Art has dedicated approximately a thousand hours a year to public interest research and sustainabilty policy activism.