At various times over the last twenty years, we at Regenesis have played with the idea of writing a book. Clearly this is the sort of thing that people can talk about for a long time but never do.
In recent years, as interest in regenerative design and development has become more widespread, the intention has become elevated to running-joke status (“That goes in the book!”). Then, after launching The Regenerative Practitioner series last year and seeing just how powerful the interest in a regenerative approach truly is, we decided that we couldn’t wait any longer.
We are pleased to announce that we have signed a contract with Wiley to write that book, with a publication date in the fall of 2015. And, ushering the good news in with even more imminent good news, we are also pleased to announce that Designing for Hope: Regenerative Pathways to Sustainability, by Dr. Dominique Hes, University of Melbourne Architecture School, Australia, and Dr. Chrisna Du Plessis, Department of Construction Economics, University of Pretoria, South Africa will be released in October of this year. We spent a wonderful few days with Dominique and Chrisna in Santa Fe and Boston last year, where they interviewed us extensively for their Chapter 6: Regenerative Design and Development. Writing of Regenesis’ work, they note that “The strength of this methodology lies in the fact that it has been tried, tested and refined through years of practice.”
In the chapter, they sketch out the conceptual underpinnings of a regenerative approach, discuss regeneration as a level of work distinct from sustainability, and lay out in depth the three phases of a regenerative project. There are also a handful of case studies of Regenesis projects.
It’s an exciting read–we’ll let you know when it’s available to purchase!