Regeneration is a call to action, an approach, and a mindset. Decades ago we realized that how we build our homes and how we live in them was damaging the environment and our health, so we worked towards improving sustainability—using safe, renewable materials and increasing energy efficiency. Now we see that sustainability measures alone are insufficient to address intensifying crises, not just environmental and health crises but also social crises.
Regenerative thinking allows us to consider all of these needs together, to imagine and design from a holistic perspective that takes into account whole systems, grounding the work in local projects and places.
It enables us to ask: What if we could not only fix problems, but grow a stronger socio-ecological fabric? What if the housing system was no longer a drain on the environment or a community, but a contributor?
Our Regenerative Insights – 100 Series starts to introduce why regenerative thinking is needed today and seven core principles of regenerative development and design, using case studies, real-world examples, and audience discussions to help teach and inspire. Additional readings and exercises allow for practice and exploration of concepts to help you begin to understand and explore the questions and possibilities offered by these ideas.
This course is delivered in partnership with Regenesis Group, a world leader in the field of regenerative development—which is an approach to land use, community development, and the built environment that requires humans to apply the complex working of natural systems to harmonize and evolve with nature.
Bill Reed is Principal at Regenesis Group, a founding Board of Director of the US Green Building Council, and Co-Founder of the LEED Green Building Rating System. He works to lift green buildings into full integration and evolution with living systems.
Joel Glanzberg is Principal at Regenesis Group and Founder of Pattern Mind. Joel has 25 years of experience as an applied naturalist to land helps clients identify guidelines for appropriate and healthy development and ecological design.
Introduction to Regenerative Development & Design
Application of Regenerative Principles
This session demonstrates regenerative development in practice, how regenerative practitioners work using a living systems perspective, and what outcomes are newly possible.
Regenerative Development at the Neighborhood Scale
This interactive session introduces regenerative approaches to project development to help unlock new potential within those projects, and offer new ways of experiencing the role of these projects in the world. It also introduces case studies that show the interactions between the following principles covered in the earlier sessions.
Applying Regenerative Principles in your Work