Going for De-growth: Towards a regenerative built environment
For the last two centuries, world economies have been based on growth. But we know that infinite economic growth is impossible – unsustainable. Sustainable design is no longer enough. Regenerative design is not restrictive, to reduce emissions; it creates restorative systems of social and environmental justice that incentivise behaviour change and revitalize human and natural resources. Freed from an economic system dependent on growth, buildings are not profit centres; they must restore our relationships with each other and the natural world. How can we engage today’s construction industry in this profoundly challenging project?