Humans are part of nature, yet we are most unusual in the natural world. In our brief time on this ancient Earth, we’ve become one of the most influential species in its history with the extraordinary ability to alter our planet’s systems.

These extractive human activities are pushing us beyond the limits of Earth’s capacity to regulate against shocks and stresses and to support all life. As the most influential species, we have an ethical and ecological responsibility to leverage our position and to participate in the natural system in a positive, reinforcing way.

In our report 'Regenerative Design: towards living in harmony with nature' we explore:

  • How we can restore and regenerate planetary health through our interactions with natural systems when designing cities, neighbourhoods, and buildings.
  • How we can maximise the tangible social and community benefits of regenerative approaches to designing in the built environment.
  • How to apply the three guiding principles to build a regenerative future, shift perspectives and catalyse activity to achieve positive outcomes for people and planet.

Regenerative design is about the pathway to a world where human and natural systems coexist and coevolve in harmony.

Josef Hargrave

Global Foresight Leader, Arup

Principles of regenerative design

Our report presents three complementary design principles that we can adopt to move towards a regenerative future.

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    Place-based design that enhances and emulates natural systems.

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    Relationships, exchanges and flows of materials and resources that restore, protect and replenish.

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    Collective change, co-creation and collaboration that ensure inclusivity and social justice.

Regenerative design in action

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