Design Approaches Definitions

Regenerative Design

Can human and natural systems co-evolve? How important is the location of a project? In this video, Nico discusses regenerative design and its inherent relation with systems thinking.

Main Takeaways

  1. The term “regenerative” describes processes that restore, renew or revitalize their own sources of energy and materials.
  2. There are at least three levels of regenerative systems: a. the systems design interventions level, b. the Networks and Habitat interventions level and c. the Species design interventions level.
  3. Regenerative Design or Urban Ecology Design is situated in the alliance of landscape architecture, urban planning, civil engineering and architectural design intervention.


Nico Tillie
Nico Tillie
Assistant Professor

Dr. Ir. Nico Tillie holds a Ph.D. in Synergetic Urban Landscape Planning – liveable low carbon cities- from TU Delft. He teaches landscape architecture and urban ecology. He has worked on urban ecosystem governance in Rotterdam and nature based solutions in climate adaptation planning. His specialisations are : landscape architecture, garden design and planting schemes, urban planning, urban ecology, ecology, botany, urban energy transition, low carbon cities, climate adaptation, urban densification and greening, city data, urban metabolism. Current Focus In 2019 Nico started as a research fellow urban ecology for bird life Netherlands combining earlier work and teaching in landscape architecture & urban planning. 

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Circularity for Educators

The platform is intended to provide with content on either circularity or pedagogy for and about circularity. It is one of the outcomes of the Circular Impulse Initiative (CII), a project intending to enhance the integration of circularity in the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment education. The platform mainly aims to help tutors get better acquainted with circularity in the built environment by providing a series of resources on this subject that they can either view to get better informed or directly share with their students in class or online. A large number of the Faculty's professors and researchers have contributed substantially both in creating a coherent narrative for circularity in the built environment as well as further elaborating on different aspects of it. Besides this one, a new platform for interaction and direct exchange was also established in parallel that we call ‘Educators for Circularity‘. This one offers the opportunity for all of us to meet and share our experiences and learn from one another.

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