We can apply regenerative philosophy to design and ask: how can we put life — human life, the planet, and everything it sustains — at the centre of everything we do?
As the number of calls and projects to rewild the countryside multiply, it’s important to remember that our cities replaced ecosystems and are themselves habitats for their populations, which means they could benefit from rewilding too. This piece at The Guardian looks at beauty, biodiversity and the biophilic cities movement.
If you want to know what Fab City is really about, the history and thinking behind it, the implications, and some of the directions the community wants to take it, you could hardly do better than this paper by one of the co-founders, Tomas Diez.
More and more people are living in cities, scientists predict that noncommunicable diseases will account for 77% of the global burden of disease by 2030, and now research from the University Medical Center in Mainz, Germany, shows that urbanization exacerbates the risks of such diseases.
In many ways, the idea of the Fab City is of re-inventing how we do things, of re-thinking why things work a certain way, and if it’s inappropriate, finding a better, more planet-compatible way or citizen-friendly way of doing it. In this great piece on “the simplest tool”, Sara Hendren (artist and design researcher, and professor at Olin College of Engineering) does just that by drawing our attention to the use of time as a tool to design and recalibrate the city.