Lions’ Gate Pinterest board

Permaculture videos on my YouTube site

Cal Egan on ResearchGate

Google map showing garden spaces at Merchiston.


Design & evaluation of campus interactive system
(MSc Design Dialogues student project, December 2017)
Secret Garden: Interactive Smart Phone App
(MSc Design Dialogues student project, December 2017)
Pitch for AHRC Immersive Experiences (November 2017)
Presentation for Permaculture Design Certificate (August 2017)
Interactive exhibit at Scotland’s Garden Festival (June 2017)
Delivery of an audio experience via solar-powered BLE beacons
(3rd year group project, April 2017)
Presentation for support to Napier Estates Department, (December 2016)
Herb-e: interactive life-cycle garden
(MSc Design Dialogues student project, December 2016)
Design for a portable, responsive and sustainable Garden
(MSc Design Dialogues student project, December 2016)
Work less, Waste nothing, Share abundance – Graham Bell (September 2016)
The GROW Obervatory – Nick Taylor (September 2016)
Reflections on doing a show garden at Chelsea RHS Flower Show – Shaun Lawson (September 2016)

Light and dark tools for consumers and designers of solar.
Find My Shadow: calculate the position and height of the sun anywhere in the world on any date and plot the shadow cast by the sun at different times of the day.
SunCalc: shows sun movement and sunlight phases during the given day at the given location.

Site analysis

How to do good site analysis
Wind Flow Charts


Plants for a Future: database of 7000 edible and medicinal plants
The Plant List: a working list of all plant species
Native trees of Scotland
Heritage Seed Library: conserving vegetable varieties that are not widely available
Scotia Seeds: Scottish wildflowers and meadow mixtures


Permaculture Scotland
Edinburgh Sustainable Development Partnership
EAUC: The Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges
The James Hutton Institute: one of the Scottish Government’s main research providers in environmental, crop and food science
Local Energy Scotland: helping Scotland’s communities and businesses benefit from renewable energy
Transition Edinburgh
Balkep: Balkan Ecology Project
Project Drawdown: 100 solutions to reverse global warming


Edinburgh Tool Library: borrow, learn, give, teach
Edinburgh Community Solar Co-operative
Dig In Bruntsfield: Community Greengrocer


User Experience Principles
Permaculture Principles
The Hannover Principles: Design for Sustainability.
SIGCHI: HCI and Sustainability
Rochdale Principles
Biomimicry, DesignLens: Life’s Principles


Phenomenology: the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy


All looked over by machines of loving grace (Adam Curtis)
Lo and behold (Werner Herzog)


Permaculture magazine – Earth care, people care, future care
Chelsea Green Publishing: the politics and practice of sustainable living
The Whole Earth Catalog: access to tools and ideas

Inspirational People

Masanobu Fukuoka: natural farming and re-vegetation of desertified lands
Robert Hart: evolved the idea of Forest Gardening
Bill Mollison: the father of permaculture
David Holmgren: permaculture vision and innovation
Graham Bell: changing the world one day at a time
Patrick Whitefield: pioneering European permaculture teacher
Helena Norberg-Hodge – linguist, writer, activist
Gary Snyder – poet, essayist, environmentalist
Alan Watts – philosopher, writer, speaker