RegenCities: A Research Initiative of SOM’s City Design Practice


RegenCities is a research initiative led by SOM’s City Design Practice that seeks to define the regenerative city—a concept of urban development built on a restorative relationship with the environment. Moving beyond sustainability, the initiative seeks to transform our understanding of the built environment—specifically urban centers—from a linear construct to one that is circular. With a network of uncommon collaborators, the RegenCities initiative is identifying, targeting, and developing projects that can make communities more equitable, efficient, and livable.

A regenerative city is open and accessible. How we design our streets, workplaces, and cities influences the way we use them. With contributions from the Center for Active Design, State of Place and the Los Angeles Department of Transportation, this video explores how we can build communities to improve access to health, happiness and opportunity.

A regenerative city facilitates equitable prosperity. RegenCities seeks to develop a new model for equitable economic development by leveraging existing community assets. With contributions from Policylink, KAOS Network, Sustainable Development Partners and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, this video explores how we can build economic stability and catalyze a virtuous cycle of job creation and empowerment.

RegenCities Principles in Action

SOM has partnered with the City of Los Angeles to develop a pilot project for equitable economic development in South L.A. Find out how the principles of RegenCities are being applied in the South L.A. Regeneration Project.