Regenerative Design Studio

Hospital visitor enjoys a quiet moment for reading at the Cedar-Sinai Medical Center Healing Plaza. Revived habitat attracts a heron at Magic Johnson Park in South Los Angeles. Community members exercise on a new nature path at Magic Johnson Park.Restored soft edges of a man-made lake create a natural wetland habitat at Magic Johnson Park.

Regenerative Design Studio

Regenerative design reconsiders the relationship between nature and humanity, reframing the reciprocal relationships between social systems and ecosystems. MIG uses this approach to remake urban environments—especially those that are degraded, polluted or on a trajectory of decline—by integrating ecological frameworks into physical planning and design.

Our team of environmental design professionals—landscape architects, biologists, civil engineers, planners and urban designers—works in the built environment to improve natural systems connectivity, community health and biodiversity. We help our clients envision the future they want and prioritize actions to create that future. Our planning, design and construction guidelines and development plans help communities and organizations move from mitigating negative impacts to optimizing positive impacts.

The results are thriving places and communities that restore and reconnect natural processes, increase social and ecological resilience, and create benefits for multiple species, including humans. Because human well-being is inseparable from the well-being of the living world.

Relevant Resources

Design professionals have become “greener” in the past few decades. But that’s not enough. We need to radically reshape how we practice. MIG’s Jennifer Zell outlines how Regenerative Design can shape a more positive future.
When we plan for climate change, we often think that scaring people will spur action. Turns out, that can freeze people. Jennifer Zell, MIG’s Director of Regenerative Design, tells a story of how to thaw with hope.
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Can an entire neighborhood switch to renewable (non-fossil fuel) energy, becoming healthier and more resilient? Residents of a block in East Oakland, California, have been working on a way to do just that: EcoBlock. And MIG is creating a guidebook and toolkit so other communities can transform their own neighborhoods.

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