Over half of the global population live in cities, which consume 75% of natural resources and produce 50% of global waste. Towards a net-positive future, regeneration design calls for a rethink to the way we design and construct the built environment to improve societal resilience, restore planetary health and regenerate ecological systems.
Redesigning for the future
Regenerative design is about not only creating zero-emission or circular cities, but also advancing further and creating a real positive impact on the environment by actively improving the health of ecosystems. For example, by enabling a higher degree of biodiversity and creating a symbiotic relationship between natural and human-built systems. Regenerative design this way instigates a shift of the rationale from a human-centered approach to a more systemic one.
To progress towards regenerative design and systems for our planet, we will need to figure out how to design for all species whilst respecting planetary boundaries and utilising science-based targets.