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Building on sustainability to imagine places of the future that replenish the natural world

Regeneration is defined in part by Merriman-Webster as “spiritual renewal or revival; renewal or restoration of a body, bodily part, or biological system (such as a forest) after injury or as a normal process.” Therefore, when we use the term “Regenerative Placemaking,” we are referring to the type of development and urban planning that not only does no harm to the environment, but actually undoes the process of depletion that our species’ existence has enacted on the planet over the course of the last millennia. 

As author and designer Dr. Dominique Hes states, “Regenerative Placemaking is a process for cultivating the capacity and capability in people, communities and natural systems to renew, sustain and thrive.”

We must join together to create places of the future that foster regeneration by putting back into nature the very resources that placemaking typically destroys, such as plant life, clean water, and clean air. 

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