The basic methodology of what I call "integrated ecological design" is an understanding of natural systems and how they can aid or be aided by human activity. Because ecology changes radically in different places, this type of design requires observation of local conditions. While some solutions can be scaled to different biomes, panaceas should always be questioned.
Integrated ecological design pays careful attention to geometry, leveraging miniaturization, scale, verticality, and proximity to create strong interrelationships between elements of a system previously treated as independent and maximizing stored potential energy. As in nature, all wastes are nutrients for other members of the system.
The principles of integrated ecological design illuminated.