We believe that each project must make a global difference, awakening its vitality to reach its maximum possible potential. Our work encourages the adoption of Regenerative Development and the Challenge of a Living Future in each project, as much as is feasible, and under the idea of facilitating planning and design processes through collaborative, integrated teams
We understand that planetary challenges demand sustainability not as a goal but as an ethical imperative and a baseline. In this way, we guide the development and design processes taking into account that the most critical projects are undertaken "by local actors at the local level." At this scale, place-based solutions find the indissoluble wealth of social, environmental, and productive aspects as nutrients for that vitality. A clear and practical understanding of a place's unique dynamics is essential for regenerative planning, design, and development.
At REGENBE, we exercise this understanding through the Macrosystemic analysis.
Based on the tool used for more than thirty years in various public and private fields as a holistic work method and articulates with its different techniques and tools such as:
Tool developed by Victor Montero-Dien, for the analysis, planning, and design of sustainability strategies that integrate the social, environmental, and productive systems through an analytical model of twelve critical and fundamental variables to support the current state of the place and project the desired transformative state. It has been using since 1991 in fields as varied as architecture, planning, environmental legislation and education, climate change and variability, agriculture, real estate, and tourism, among others.
Story of Place is a technique developed by the Regenesis Institute. In our projects, they begin by creating a History of Place: “a research-based understanding of how a place works and what it strives to contribute to the world. The process that we bring to this work derives its power from our ability to discern the ecological patterns - the stories of geology and hydrology, flora and fauna - that gave rise to the cultural patterns that those who live in the place know deeply, coexist every day and joke with each other. In scientific data, historical records, ancient legends, regional arts, and kitchen table conversations”, it is through this process that this technique “finds those patterns that reveal the timeless essence of a place and its entire living community”. When the essence of a place is articulated clearly and concretely, it is possible to design, develop, and plan for the future on a whole new level.
Although an intuitive process at the dawn of sustainable design, in its current form, this process was synthesized by 7 Group and Bill Reed in 2009. A regenerative project will always seek a final state that is transformative. From the build of the design team phase to its commissioning, the project flows through a transformational process to reach that final state. The trip starts from a dream transformed into goals that define an exciting concept throughout a process of constant iteration with all team members with tangible results in each step towards the integration of the various efforts and complex variables, facilitating timely synergy for creating positive and regenerative impacts.
Where have we applied these concepts?
Understanding that we contribute to facilitating the push of the bar to higher levels of demand, many of our works have been and are being pioneers in Costa Rica, and the level of immersion in this demand has always been in direct relation to the levels of consciousness, education, and knowledge of the promoters of the projects that have been entrusting to us.
In this sense, we have contributed to institutional projects in the field of urban planning, sports, and public service facilities, as well as in private residences, residential complexes, mixed-use, industrial, tourist, and commercial, among the most recurrent. More recently, we have embarked on regenerative real estate development as a way to accelerate the immersion of colleagues, suppliers, manufacturers, financial institutions, landowners, and public authorities in this approach and as part of a transformational process of more significant impact.
Therefore, we can summarize our work in the following fields:
Through our participation in processes of development and design of public policies, projects, and plans, we aim to foster awareness of the urgency to shift the conventional approach or the "business as usual" (BAU) in public entities to a one that encourages their transformative process. We collaborate to adopt best practices in their development, planning, and design, removing barriers that stagnate innovative projects with significant transformative potential.
We know that the learning curve is not easy in understanding the true sustainability baseline and can be much more complicated aspiring to become a Regenerative Practitioner. For this reason, we continuously offer talks and presentations to help improve the skills, knowledge, and skills of colleagues in Architecture and Design (A&D), as well as in the building industry. We have undertaken projects to offer the best knowledge and experience of REGENBE and its networks, to design teams and firms committed to regenerative goals, contributing to consolidating a professional community capable of facing planetary challenges from its day to day work. For more information about our campaigns, please consulting in the News section provided on this website.
Many clients come forward encouraging by the idea that their project contributes to making a difference at a local level and being a global reference. The different techniques, methods, and work processes allow us to collaborate so that this motivation reaches its full potential and navigates the complex stages that a project requires to achieve. Once delivered, it continues to grow to build that aspirational legacy its promoters imagined when starting. The Macrosystem, the History of the Place, the Integrative Design Process are the scaffolding on which we contribute to the project's development, overcomes the obstacles and inherent complexities to allow its manifestation according to that initial motivation
The regenerative path in planning efforts requires increasing levels of complexity with unprecedented levels of achievement. REGENBE contributes collaborative facilitation to understand and speak about complex systems collectively. We help the most ambitious efforts avoid the path of fragmentation, division, and abstraction. In creating the Story of Place, we engage with the wide variety of project stakeholders to develop a common language, "a shared understanding and a mutual commitment to envision who we are in this place and what we can become together."