When we hear the word “regenerative” for cities, the economy, or agriculture, it’s different from “sustainable” but too often said as if it were just the new, cooler version. As this piece at Matters Journal shows, it’s much more than a new word; regenerative needs to be the new sustainable because “we are already over or close to breaching many of the nine planetary boundaries being anxiously monitored by scientists around the globe. It means that doing no harm is no longer going to cut it.”
We’ve written about regenerative cities before; in this article at Future of Cities, we can take a closer look at how regenerative placemaking was used in practice in various projects around the city of Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand, which has gone from a depressed economy with declining public health, to becoming the world’s most liveable city according to The Economist. Here’s how the authors define the process.
If you’ve been interested in Fab Cities, definitely pay attention to this article by Tomas Diez on the distributed learning space being built for the Fab City foundation’s new “Master in Design for Distributed Innovation, in collaboration with the Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC), Fab Lab Barcelona, and local nodes in Montréal, Paris, Puebla, Shanghai, Bali, Hamburg, and Lima (with more to come.)”