Max Lindegger

Max Lindegger is a designer of ecological communities and sustainable systems of international repute. He is a respected and sought-after teacher in the disciplines of sustainable systems. His reputation is born of 20 years of hands on experience and leadership in the design and implementation of practical, workable solutions to the challenges of sustainability.

This depth and breadth of knowledge is recognised both in the level of demand for his services as a design consultant and in frequent invitations to present lectures at international symposia and conferences on themes such as Environment, Ecology, Sustainability, Permaculture, and Eco-village Design.

As the creator and Director of the Oceania/Asia secretariat of the Global Eco-village Network, Max participates in and contributes to the international flow of current thinking and best practice in the fields of sustainable systems design and education.

A key element of Mr. Lindegger’s design philosophy is the recognition that whilst sustainable systems will ideally take advantage of technological innovation, they must first and foremost fit the environment in which they are placed. For this reason he gives primacy to sensitivity to local custom and culture, utilization of local resources, ongoing benefit to the community, and positive impact on the local environment. His designs tread lightly on the environment in which they are placed. Clients value this design philosophy as it encourages community acceptance and contributes to the long-term success of their projects.

Max was a primary partner in the design and development of the Habitat Award winning Crystal Waters Permaculture village. This is a robust and nascent eco-village situated in south-east Queensland, and is the site of the EcoCentre learning facility and the venue for many of his courses. He has designed and consulted on numerous community developments including the Spiers Project (S. Africa), Gqnubie Green (S. Africa), Living & Learning Centre (Sri Lanka), Vatukarasa Village (Fiji), Garopaba Project (Brazil), Las Canadas (Mexico), ITT, Oaxaca (Mexico), Tamera Solar Village (Portugal), M.A.L.T Farm (Australia), Somerville (Australia), Sarvodaya (Sri Lanka) and Sustainable Urban Neighbourhood, Kerrikerri (New Zealand). As a Director of EcoLogical Solutions Ltd. he continues to pursue a vigorous design role.

Max is the author or co-author of publications such as The Best of Permaculture (Nascimanere) and a frequent contributor to journals such as Simply Living, and the International Permaculture Journal. He lives with his wife Trudi at Crystal Waters.

Max was recently awarded the Australian Prime Minister’s Centenary Medal for distinguished achievement in the field of developing sustainable communities. Max and Trudi received the Sunshine Coast Environmental Council Award in 2004 for Sustainable Agriculture.

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