Encyclopedia of Sustainability Science and Technology

2012 Edition
| Editors: Robert A. Meyers

Regenerative Development and Design

  • Pamela MangEmail author
  • Bill Reed
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-0851-3_303

Definition of the Subject and Its Importance

The emerging field of regenerative development and design marks a significant evolution in the concept and application of sustainability . Practices in sustainable or green design have focused primarily on minimizing damage to the environment and human health, and using resources more efficiently, in effect, slowing down the degradation of earth’s natural systems. Advocates of a regenerative approach to the built environment believe that a much more deeply integrated, whole-systems approach to the design and construction of buildings and human settlements (and nearly all other human activities) is needed. Regenerative approaches seek not only to reverse the degeneration of the earth’s natural systems but also to design human systems that can coevolve with natural systems – evolve in a way that generates mutual benefits and greater overall expression of life and resilience. The field of regenerative development and design, which draws...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Regenesis Group and Story of Place InstituteSanta FeUSA
  2. 2.Regenesis Group and Story of Place InstituteArlingtonUSA