Essential reading for practitioners working in sustainability and the built environment.

This publication brings together the theory and practice of an emerging regenerative design and development paradigm. Over 50 interviews with practitioners and academics from across the world present a number of theoretical approaches that describe working from an ecological paradigm in the built environment, each supported by case studies.

People Upliftment

A humanising dimension used in sustainability – The project was initiated from the premise that the development and transformation of people cannot be separated from the need to protect the functional integrity of planetary systems.

Evolutionary Paradigm

Challenging the mind to shift from techno-fixing to sustainability; human to human relations and human to nature relations – The project identifies a set of values that would underpin practice, informed by this paradigm, as well as certain ‘rules’ of practice, backing these up with real life examples of how this is applied in practice.


A humanising dimension that sustainability needs to stimulate, nurture and grow – The essence of the project was to harmonise many different nature-based approaches to sustainable building, such as biomimicry, biophilia, permaculture and regenerative design. The resulting coherent theoretical framework offers a pathway to development that allows us to not only heal and regenerate natural and social system, but also to harmonise the objectives of these two systems.

Designing for Hope