If the city is the key to a democratic society and a sustainable planet, we realize the need for bio-culturally diverse environments, cities and neighborhoods that are open to all and shaped by all. We realize the need for cities that grow, but not at the expense of other cities or the biosphere. Rather, it is the degree of complexity and the forms of coexistence – biological, cultural, social, and ecological – that matter. The right to the city breaks barriers, but presupposes sustainable human development for all.
Learning, sharing, and socio-ecological regeneration are therefore about changing from below, about creating free, open, and democratic neighborhood institutions, about removing all causes of oppression and violence, about increasing the complexity of urban ecosystems – the list can be made longer. If regenerative neighborhoods inspire us to think in new ways, help us to meet our needs, and, no less important, bring us closer together and closer to nature, we are probably moving in the right direction.
Gottfridsberg Research is a neighborhood-based, socio-ecological research initiative with the following themes:
- Regenerative neighborhoods
- Democratic neighborhood institutions
- Ecological literacy and the web of life
- Neighborhood-integrated food and energy systems
- Open geographic data