This session will provide an overview and understanding of regenerative development to illustrate its potency for broadening and reframing design.
The emerging notion of regenerative development emphasizes a co-evolutionary, partnered relationship between humans and nature rather than a managerial one. Importantly, rather than reducing destructive impacts, regenerative approaches see built forms as enabling the full potential of the social and ecological systems in which they are situated. In addition to meeting their functional performance requirements, buildings are equally evaluated by how they add other forms of “value” to the community such as improved social welfare, employment creation, new business opportunities, and strengthened human connections with natural systems. Operationally, regenerative approaches emphasize the co-production of the built environment, greater equality between all stakeholders and, as such, demand more upfront time to discover what is valued.
The session will also introduce the RAIC’s newly formed Committee on Regenerative Environments (CORE) and invite discussion around regenerative capacity-building in Canada.