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Regenerative Development and Design: A Framework for Evolving Sustainability

ISBN: 978-1-118-97291-5
272 pages
August 2016
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The evolution of sustainability, with a practical framework for integration

Regenerative Development and Design takes sustainability to the next level, and provides a framework for incorporating regenerative design principles into your current process. The Regenesis Group is a coalition of experienced design, land-use, planning, business, and development professionals who represent the forefront of the movement; in this book, they explain what regenerative development is, how and why it works, and how you can incorporate the fundamental principles into your practice. A clear, focused framework shows you how to merge regenerative concepts with your existing work, backed by numerous examples that guide practical application while illustrating regenerative design and development in action. As the most comprehensive and systemic approach to regenerative development, this book is a must-have resource for architects, planners, and designers seeking the next step in sustainability.

Regenerative design and development positions humans as co-creative and mutually-evolving participants in an ecosystem—not just a built environment. This book describes how to bring that focus to your design from the earliest stages.

  • Understand the fundamentals of regenerative design and development
  • Learn how regenerative development contributes to sustainability
  • Integrate regenerative development concepts into practice
  • Examine sample designs that embody the regenerative concept

To create a design with true sustainability, considerations must extend far beyond siting, materials, and efficiency. Designers must look at the place, it's inhabitants, and the purpose—the whole living ecosystem—and proceed with their work from that more humbling perspective. The finished product should itself be an ecosystem and sustainable economy, which is the root of the regenerative development approach. Sustainability has evolved, and the designer's responsibility has increased in kind. Regenerative Development and Design provides an authoritative resource for those ready to take the next step forward.

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Table of Contents

Foreword v

Acknowledgments xi

Changing Our Minds xiii

The Future of Sustainability xix

PART ONE: Creating Regenerative Projects 1

Chapter 1: EVOLUTION 9

Premise: Every living system has inherent within it the possibility to move to new levels of order, differentiation, and organization

Principle: Design for evolution

Chapter 2: UNDERSTANDING PLACE 33

Premise: Co-evolution among humans and natural systems can only be undertaken in specific places, using approaches that are precisely fitted to them

Principle: Partner with place

Chapter 3: DISCOVERING COLLECTIVE VOCATION 61

Premise: The sustainability of a living system is tied directly to its beneficial integration into a larger system

Principle: Call forth a collective vocation

Chapter 4: THE GUILDED AGE 81

Premise: Projects should be vehicles for catalyzing the cooperative enterprises required to enable evolution

Principle: Actualize stakeholder systems toward co-evolving mutualism

PART TWO: Creating Regenerative Processes 103

Chapter 5: START FROM POTENTIAL 111

Premise: Potential comes from evolving the value-generating capacity of a system to make unique contributions to the evolution of larger systems

Principle: Work from potential, not problems

Chapter 6: VALUE-ADDING ROLES 135

Premise: The continuing health of living systems depends on each member living out its distinctive role

Principle: Find your distinctive, value-adding roles

Chapter 7: TRANSFORMATIONAL LEVERAGE 153

Premise: Small conscious and conscientious interventions in the right place can create beneficial, system-wide eff ects

Principle: Leverage systemic regeneration by making nodal interventions

Chapter 8: DEVELOPMENTAL WORK 177

Premise: A project can only create systemic benefit within a field of caring, co-creativity, and co-responsibility

Principle: Design the design process to be developmental

PART THREE: Becoming a Regenerative Change Agent 197

Chapter 9: SYSTEMS ACTUALIZING 201

Premise: The actualization of a self requires the simultaneous development of the systems of which it is a part

Principle: Become a systems actualizer

Epilogue 215

Further Reading 219

Index 223

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Author Information

PAMELA MANG and BEN HAGGARD are founding members of Regenesis Group, a coalition of experienced design, land-use, planning, business, and development professionals who focus on regenerative design and development. Regenesis was founded on the belief that environmental problems are more cultural and psychological than technological, and works to forward Living Systems Thinking as a framework for breaking the stagnation and developing a symbiotic relationship between people and the places they design and inhabit.

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