What is Regenerative
Community Design?

Focusing on Designing Whole Systems

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An All-In-One Solution

When we think about development from a more holistic perspective rather than just the building of buildings within a budget, we can create a new paradigm based on environmental regeneration, human wellbeing and connection, creativity, and innovation.

 

1 Environmental Regeneration

Regenerative communities use permaculture principles, resilient sustainable building and innovative technology in harmony with natural ecosystems. Building in this way  They enhances the health of the local environment by producing more oxygen, biodiversity, environmental protection, renewable energy, carbon sequestration and soil health than was there before the community was built. These types of communities are also self-sustaining since they supply their own basic needs such as food and water, energy, and waste management.

 

2 Human Wellbeing

New paradigm community governance and operation systems such as health and education always put the wellness of all living beings first. Decisions are made in alignment with the community’s declared values and what’s best for humanity and the planet. Spaces for community connection and guides for healthy conflict resolution are architected into the community layout and organizational structure from the origin of the development plan.

 

Definition:

Human well-being: People's ability to live a life they value and can comprise cultural heritage, health, access to land and natural resources, and income-generating opportunities.

 

3 Reach Full Potential

If we are able to intelligently manage the world’s resources to provide for all survival needs freely while supporting education and creativity worldwide, human consciousness can expand to levels of joy and insight never before seen. When all basic human needs are provided for, people can thrive to their full creative expression and live a life to their highest potential.

Regeneration
vs Sustainability

If something is sustainable it means it is able to be maintained at a certain rate or level. Therefore, sustainable development wouldn’t be helping to reverse climate change, pollution, deforestation or environmental degradation -  just keeping it at the same level.

 

If something is regenerative, on the other hand, it means it is able to bring into renewed existence; to make more active, successful, or important, especially after a period when things have been getting worse. Therefore regenerative communities actively plant more trees, enhance biodiversity, empower local ecosystems to thrive, renew soil health, sequester carbon dioxide and share the insights of their impact with the world.

 

Our goal is to regenerate the planet by creating more natural resources rather than taking away resources. We build to have a positive impact by creating healthier air, soil, food, lifestyle and human wellbeing.  

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re·gen·er·a·tion

[rəˌjenəˈrāSH(ə)n]

In biology, regeneration is the process of renewal, restoration, and tissue growth that makes genomes, cells, organisms, and ecosystems resilient to natural fluctuations or events that cause disturbance or damage.

“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”

- Buckminster Fuller

Sustainable Buildings

The structures we live and work in can do much more for us than just keep out the elements. State of the art green and natural building methods use sustainable, local, and ethically-sourced materials such as recycled material, rammed earth, bamboo, cob, adobe, hemp byproducts, or even quartz crystals to create a bioharmonic resonance in the buildings which harmonizes with the natural bio-electromagnetic field emitted by all living things. The result is a space that isn’t just visually beautiful and easy on the environment- but that also quantum mechanically improves your mood and clarity as a result of you being in it.

Full product lifecycle is considered in all the materials we use, from sustainable and ethical sourcing to how long it will last and if can biodegrade without harming the environment.

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Architecture & Design

Of course, it’s not just what and how we build that matters- but the design with which we build that can drastically improve our experience in the space and it’s sustainability. The most forward-thinking architects are crafting homes and multi-use spaces which are biologically designed, resilient, resistant to floods, hurricanes, fires, earthquakes, pest and mold, and last for generations with little to no maintenance. Passive design techniques are implemented to make use of energy efficient airflow and sunlight, which contribute to structures with a far lower energy requirement and thus lower operating costs and impact on the environment

Designs include modern styles, round and geodesic domes, pyramids, hillside homes, Earthships, and sacred geometry.

Sustainable Construction

Maximum regeneration can be achieved when the developer assesses all materials used in the entire construction processes with full product lifecycle considered. Everything from the lighting, insulation, countertops, and door handles can be sustainably sourced to ensure a transparent supply chain of the community, which also helps the manufacturers of these innovative natural products reinvest in their scale and subsequent cost reduction. 

 

LED lighting, light sensors, and thermostats 

Green walls and plants for indoor air quality

Energy efficient HVAC

Energy efficient hot water heaters

Natural insulation

Thermal insulating windows

Green or cool roofs

Low flow water fixtures

Reclaimed wood

Radiant flooring

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Green Building Certification Standards 

Some of the leading Green Building Certifications are LEED, ENERGY STAR, WELL, and Living Building Challenge, which help ensure structures are built using sustainable methods in harmony with the surrounding ecosystem.

Energy

Regenerative communities can implement many different strategies to decrease or even eliminate grid dependency including renewable  energy utilization, self sufficiency, and energy efficient design and systems.

 

Regenerative projects create net positive energy, which means to generate more energy than is being used. Renewable energy systems such as solar, geothermal, wind, and energy storage are used to create energy. Energy efficient appliances, building methods and materials are used such as insulation, sealing, weather stripping, appliances, lighting, and design methods to lower energy usage.

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Water

One of the most vital lifelines of all, proper water stewardship is a must for regenerative development projects. When we combine water-use efficiency systems with smart local sourcing, atmospheric and rainwater collection (where legally permitted), proper collection, distribution, filtration, irrigation, and reuse methods; a community can ensure its water independence in a world where climate change is creating more water concerns every day.

 

Greywater and blackwater systems are naturally filtered and recycled so it can be used in irrigation systems for plants and growing food. Water is sourced from rainwater collection, groundwater, and natural springs. Drinking water production can be done through reverse osmosis, distillation, atmospheric water generators, and structuring water. To save on water use, water efficient building methods and materials are used such as low flow fixtures and toilets, sensors for automatic shut offs, aeration, and others. 

Waste

In modern society, things like recycling, composting and reuse practices aren’t fully adopted in all municipalities and sub-cultures. With Regenerative development in mind, communities can become zero- waste environments, where the goal is that no waste goes to the landfill or at most just 10%.

 

Many methods and systems can help with waste management. Biodigesters turn bio waste to energy and soil fertilization. Pyrolysis machines converts plastic to energy or fuel. Composting turns food scraps into nutrient dense soil. Recycling, upcycling, and re-use programs and facilities can be used to create zero waste environments. It's also important to minimize construction waste in order to be fully in integrity with the entire project.

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Permaculture Design & Agriculture

Regenerative development projects which utilize permaculture principles are able to live in harmony with biodiversity & nature preservation as one living ecosystem. The resulting design is efficient, beautiful, has optimal food and plant growth, and brings peace of mind in full connection with nature.

 

Food production systems are used such as aquaponics, hydroponics, vertical grow, greenhouses and more. Xeriscaping can be done by using native and drought-tolerant landscaping which needs little to no water. Food forests and gardens create abundance of fruit, vegetables, and herbs that grow well in the climate. When the community eats organic, high nutrient dense food from the gardens, they tend to be much more healthy and energized.

Incorporate New Paradigm Community Operations

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Co-Governance

True freedom and creative expression happens when the community makes decisions based on what’s in alignment with their values and what’s best for humanity and the planet. In these communities, there is Continuous Adaptation and Continual testing of ideas to see what works and find the best possible outcome. This approach connects local community in a way that can make more efficient and informed decisions & proposals.

 

Several governance methods can be used such as Sociocracy, Holacracy, equitable voting, proposals, feedback, and online platforms for decision making systems. 

Currency Models

New paradigm  economic models maintain reverence for earth and humanity and currency is used to regenerate the community and economy. Modern adaptability of cryptocurrency technology means communities can create their own currency based on what they value, which appreciates as the community grows.

 

Types of Economic Models:

Contribution Based

Equity Share

Resource Based

Services Exchange

Time Banking

Gift Economy

Barter & Trade

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Health Center

In a community based on wellbeing for all, it is an obvious addition to include health care for all including regular screening for deficiencies in nutrients, food allergies, out of balance hormones, heavy metals toxicity, energetic imbalances, infections and diseases. 

 

Healing recommendations are based on: 

Health food

Medicinal herbs

Exercise

Energy healing

PEMF machines

Meditation

Stem cell therapy

Many other alternative modalities

Education Center

How we educate our young paves the future for our society. That’s why regenerative communities provide experiential learning based on the individual's unique gifts and passions, utilizing creativity and imagination so everyone can love what they do and express their full creativity, joy and potential.  

 

Includes 

Basic education

Personal development

Sustainability

Health and wellness

Creativity & Arts

Spiritual Connection

Financial literacy

Permaculture instruction

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Stores

All stores can be  zero waste and sell only organic products that do not harm the environment or wellbeing of others. 

 

Organic Grocery 

Sustainable & Ethical Retail

Restaurants with Organic, Local, Plant Based Food

Products

It is highly recommended to use zero waste, biodegradable products used for green cleaning and hygiene which are safe to use for greywater and irrigation systems. This way we lessen our impact on our environment even more holistically.

 

Hemp and biodegradable products

Natural soaps, shampoos, conditioners

Natural bug spray and sunscreen

Green cleaning products, chemical free

Sustainable and ethical clothing

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Community Areas

Critical to the feel and synergy of a community are areas that bring people together for recreation, leisure, play, events, entertainment ceremonies, authentic relating, dancing, cooking, festivals, workshops, music, transformational speakers, and more.

 

Event Centers

Outdoor Stages & Theaters

Parks and Nature Reserves

Workout Spaces & Gyms

Coworking Areas & Innovation Labs

Transportation

Electric vehicle transportation is important to consider when keeping carbon emissions and pollution down, as it reduces the need for every individual to have a separate fossil fuel vehicle

 

Transportation Options

Electric Vehicles

Self-Driving Vehicles

Car Share Programs

Electric Buses and Shuttles

Electric Golf Carts

Drone Helicopters

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