Designing for a Positive Legacy: Net-Positive Development Workshop


This workshop will explain what regenerative design is and then challenge participants to respond with their ideas which will then be shared in a way to show how those ideas are illustrative of regeneration and give suggestions on how the aspirations to equip future people and environments to thrive and be abundant can be embedded in the responses.

This workshop will include presentations and interactive scenarios that explore the following:

  • If the design problem is the city; can you design something that will provide a fertile ground for all humans and nature?
  • Regeneration is not about restoration, and it is not about making things as good as they’re were in the past; it is about paving the way for things to self-determine, to evolve, to learn and take ownership.
  • How do we do this for every decision we make, whether designing a pencil or a whole city?
  • What can we do to connect everyone to the potential that they’re have to be a significant part of the future?
  • Can you design something that has a positive legacy?

About the Facilitators:

Dr Dominique Hes:

Dominique Hes is an academic from Melbourne University. She has been asking for 20 years why, after decades of people working on being sustainable��_��__��_, we are increasingly degrading the environment? With degrees in Botany, Engineering and Architecture, she brings a multidisciplinary perspective to the questions: Can we move beyond sustainability to abundance and thriving? And, what is the role of the designer in this? Dominique is the author of Designing for Hope: Pathways to Regenerative Sustainability.

Dr Janis Birkeland:

Janis originated, taught and published Net Positive Development Theory with related concepts like design for eco-services, green scaffolding and ecological play-gardens. In earlier days she was a lawyer, architect and planner in the USA. More recently, she was Professor of Sustainable Design at the University of Auckland and previously Professor of Architecture at QUT. Janis has published over 125 papers and books, including Planning for Sustainability, Mapping Regional Metabolism, Positive Development and Design for Sustainability. She is currently completing two volumes on net positive design with specific methods, models and metrics to enable eco-positive outcomes.