Practice/Process Steps: Learning about the Place

 Practice/Process Steps: Learning about the Place

Hello Mr. Reed,

I am a student in the Earth Systems Program at Stanford University. I'm learning about interdisciplinary problem-solving and I attended your session at the West Coast Green Conference last week. Your holistic approach is something I am quite interested in and was wondering if I could get a copy of your PowerPoint presentation. I missed a couple of points toward the end as we were running out of time and would like to complete my notes. I can't wait to get into the field and apply your methodology to the challenges we're facing today! Thanks and keep up the good work,

- Noel S. Crisostomo -
Stanford University

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Some Points to Consider on Regeneration

  1. Experiencing Whole Systems

  2. Sustaining Sustainability


Practice/Process Steps

Using the following methods, we work with stakeholders to develop an understanding of how buildings, habitat, and people can contribute to ‘the health of the whole’ over time. The objective is to align human activity with the nature of Place – the process asks how we can be participants with the Place – not limiting ourselves by assuming we can only do something to the Place.


  1. Setting the Stage – understanding and aligning human aspirations of a project

  2. Learning about the Place

    In order to address the health of an ecosystem and our role in it, we need to understand how it works and how humans have interacted with it through history. By understanding the patterns of evolution and health in a watershed the relationships between the systems (human, plant, animal, hydrology, meteorology, geology) can be understood with a level of approximation. When did life express itself more fully than other times; why; what occurred to change these relationships; and so on? This knowledge gives us the opportunity to identify the key systems and keystone species in a place that made it work more effectively in the past and may provide new opportunities in the future – particularly in alignment with current aspirations of the people in that place.

    Place = Core identity of the relationships of these three aspects: earth, human, spirit. ®Regenesis

  3. Frame/sketch/outline the story of Place

  4. Marrying story of Place with aspirations for future

  5. Identify indicators

  6. Integrative Design/Construction Process

  7. Ongoing Feedback