Regenerative Development: What is it, How does it Support Innovation in the Built Environment and how can it Lead to a Sustainable and Thriving Future

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    Hes, Dominique
    2017 Conference Papers
    Conference Papers


There has been a call from many areas of research and practice for a different approach to
sustainable development in the built environment. This has occurred because of the evidence that the
social and ecological indicators that underpin our civilisation are being eroded; that is, we are failing at
our current approach to sustainability. Led by thinkers in the built environment the call has gone out for
approaches that facilitate built environment outcomes that move beyond marginal improvements and
shift our focus towards creating vitality and net benefit. That is, projects that begin to heal the damage
done in the past and create vital relationships that lead to resilience, as well as adaptive and thriving
outcomes. It is argued that regenerative development is a process that can facilitate this type of approach
to contributive development. This paper will present the frameworks used to support the application of
regenerative development thinking to three projects in Victoria, Australia. While these are long‐term
projects that will be in development over 15 years, what is presented here is their initial conceptual design
processes which aim to increase the potential for regenerative outcomes. The projects were informed by
the LENSES framework, the Living Building Challenge, the Regenesis frameworks and Biophilic design
principles. Each project has an ecological baseline that was collected as part of the project so as to
measure the benefits post construction and occupation.


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