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Regenerative Sustainability (ABPL90272)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeABPL90272
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

The majority of sustainable practices are pursued within the ‘mechanistic’ or eco-efficient orientation of sustainability where measurement and reduction is the primary focus. This subject turns the sole focus of ‘doing less harm’ on its head, and proposes a radical new direction for sustainable development – one that is focused on fostering socio-ecological connection and thrive-ability across communities.

The subject will include a series of lectures exploring ideas of Indigenous knowledge systems, biophilia and biomimicry, ecological design, regenerative development, placemaking and contributive design. Students will take part in a series of seminars and site visits (documented through bi-weekly reflections), and have the opportunity to apply their learnings to an existing project in Melbourne

Intended learning outcomes

  • To understand the limitation around the current approach to sustainability
  • To understand the key concepts of regenerative sustainability
  • To contrast eco-efficiency with regenerative sustainability
  • To be able to propose contributive solutions to discipline specific problems, such as architecture, landscape, planning, social science, community arts, applied theatre, conservation and engineering.


Generic skills

  • Skills in critiquing sustainability;
  • Conceptual understanding of regenerative sustainability;
  • Use of mind mapping, charrettes and backcasting.


Last updated: 8 August 2019