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Regenerative Development and Design. A Framework for Evolving Sustainability

  • ID: 3781852
  • Book
  • 272 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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A PRACTICAL, SYSTEMIC APPROACH TO REGENERATIVE DESIGN INTEGRATION

The concept of "sustainability" is evolving. Applying sustainability at the building or project level fails to address the fundamental root of environmental problems: the fractured relationship between humans and nature. The Regenesis Group works to promote a framework in which humans are but a part of a larger whole, and projects are not end products, but the beginning of a process that brings an ecosystem together. Regenerative Development and Design explains the fundamental principles and practices of this new paradigm, and describes how they merge into every project, every design, and every designer. Case studies show how real–world projects are bringing regenerative development to life, and a practical integration framework helps streamline implementation in current and future projects.

  • Integrate evolution, place, community, and sustainability to make every project a catalyst for change
  • Learn how small, opportune interventions can result in widespread systemic benefits
  • Begin each project from a place of caring, co–creativity, and co–responsibility
  • Understand how regenerative development fits into existing design practices
  • Become an agent of regenerative change to help take sustainability to a higher level

Regenerative Development and Design is an authoritative resource for those seeking the next step forward toward true sustainability.

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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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