A regenerative city is an urban development built on an environmentally enhancing, restorative relationship with the natural systems from which the city draws resources for its sustenance. A regenerative city maintains a symbiotic, mutually beneficial relationship with its surrounding hinterland not only by minimizing its environmental impact but by actively improving and regenerating the productive capacity of the ecosystems from which it depends. A leading author is Herbert Girardet whose 2015 book "Creating Regenerative Cities" argued the need to move beyond the concept of Sustainable Cities, which he had earlier advocated in 1999. Regenerative Cities are a key component of Ecocities.
- GIRARDET, Herbert. Creating Regenerative Cities. Routledge, U.K. 2014. https://www.amazon.com/Creating-Regenerative-Cities-Herbert-Girardet/dp/0415724465
- GIRARDET, Herbert. Creating Sustainable Cities, Green Books, Michigan, USA, 1999. https://www.bookdepository.com/Creating-Sustainable-Cities-Herbert-Girardet/9781870098779