Beyond reducing harm on the environment, we should seek to repair and generate natural and human systems. Regenerative design, nature-based solutions and restorative methods are different ways to consider how to do this when implementing or improving services, products, or solutions.
designing with and for nature
An article by Bernard Hay, Programme Lead for Design at the UK Design Council, on how we might design with and for nature, ensure resilient cities, and involving communities and relevant experts such as local natural ecosystems in our projects.
A book by Jane Roe, on the vast evidence base for the benefits nature has on human resilience. View the book launch event video recording, where the author gives and overview of the key elements of a restorative city: water, sensory, neighbourly, active, playable, and inclusive.
The European Commissions definition: solutions that are inspired and supported by nature, which are cost-effective, simultaneously provide environmental, social and economic benefits and help build resilience. Such solutions bring more, and more diverse, nature and natural features and processes into cities, landscapes and seascapes, through locally adapted, resource-efficient and systemic interventions.
A paper by Josie Warden, Head of Regenerative design at the RSA, exploring what ‘regenerative’ means, why it is an important topic for anyone interested in social, economic or environmental change, and we lay out what the RSA’s work aims to achieve in this space.
You can also read an overview of the ideas in this blog post.
Championed by Laura Storm and Giles Hutchins, this is a framework for building prosperous and regenerative organisations, reflecting on the breakdowns, principles we can learn from living systems about how we design, lead, and live our lives, and concrete tools for an organisation to embark on a regenerative journey.