Sustainable design’ asks; How we can design while aiming to do no harm? Unfortunately, when we don’t reach that aim, we end up doing harm. ‘Regenerative design’ asks a different question; How can we design in a way that increases biodiversity, reduces carbon and leads to flourishing communities? In short how can we design so that people (and the ecosystems that support them) thrive. In this book we explore how, as structural engineers, we can bring about change. Using creative metaphors and case studies we:
• Explain how engineers can change their practice now — to create a regenerative future
• Explore the different levels of change — from individual projects to the culture of our industry
• Illustrate how we can learn from living systems
• Show how, by considering not just our site but the whole supply and waste chain, we can reimagine our impact — both positive and negative
The book is a creative call for radical change; encouraging engineers, and anyone else involved in the built environment, to think and design differently — to do more good.