Design for Regeneration – A Nature-Based Future Perspective on Cities

Bertram De Rooij*, Tim Van Hattum

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In a rapidly urbanizing world climate change and biodiversity loss are amongst the biggest risks for societies across the globe. In its annual global risks report the World Economic Forum defines these topics as the risks with the largest likelihood and impact for the global economy. A call for action is widely acknowledged, but the way forward and action perspectives are not always clear. These major topics are often placed at the same level compared to other emerging issues and transitions. Current planning practice shows a wide palette of actions, action-oriented programming and rethinking urban and rural design from different angles and perspectives: circular, smart, adaptive, nature inclusive or resilient. Unfortunately, this seldom ends up in a coherent planning strategy and integrated design for a circular, smart, adaptive, nature inclusive and resilient city . This is not unique to the urban tissue but is also common practice in rural areas. Additionally, urban and rural strategies are also still heavily disconnected, although clear relationships and interdependencies across social, economic and natural systems are eminent. Above all, the revaluation of green and blue in both urban and rural areas is moderately moving forward. But a radical rethinking, intertwining the natural basis in all our actions and perspectives as a solid fundament for a sustainable, resilient and prosperous future , is often missing. Do we see and understand the complete picture? Do we embrace diversity and complexity ? And do we really envision an enabling future which combines a long-term perspective with dedicated short-term actions? How do we create a long-term vision for the future in the context of a short-term decision-making practice? Besides reducing negative impacts, a positive impact and future quality in the broadest sense should be enhanced.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDesign for Regenerative Cities and Landscapes
Subtitle of host publicationRebalancing Human Impact and Natural Environment
EditorsR. Roggema
ISBN (Electronic)9783030970239
ISBN (Print)9783030970222
Publication statusPublished - 6 May 2022

Publication series

NameContemporary Urban Design Thinking (CUDT)
ISSN (Print)2522-8404
ISSN (Electronic)2522-8412


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