2nd Edition

Regreening the Built Environment Nature, Green Space, and Sustainability

By Michael A. Richards Copyright 2025
    320 Pages 106 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    320 Pages 106 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Now in its second volume, Regreening the Built Environment provides an overview of physical and social environmental challenges that the planet is facing and presents solutions that restore ecological processes, reclaim open space, foster social equity, and facilitate a green economy.

    Healing the planet requires a combination of strategies networked across multiple scales of development, including buildings, sites, communities, and regions. Case studies from a range of locations in the USA, Denmark, Vietnam, Germany, South Korea, Switzerland, France, and the UK, among others, demonstrate how existing gray infrastructure can be retrofitted with green infrastructure and low impact development techniques. From this, the author shows how a building can be designed that creates greenspace or generates energy; likewise, a roadway can be a parkway, an alley can be a wildlife corridor, and a parking surface can be a garden. This new edition also includes case studies that have successfully reconnected communities that were fragmented by unjust planning practices and irresponsible patterns of development, resilient design solutions in response to natural disasters, passive design strategies that can make interior spaces more efficient and healthier, and expanded discussions on capture carbon, renewable energy, agriculture, waste, public transit, and adaptive reuse, including innovative ideas on how to reimagine the shopping mall in the era of e-commerce.

    The strategies presented in this book will stimulate discussions within the design profession and will be of great interest to students and practitioners of environmental studies, architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design.

    1. Introduction: A New Paradigm for the Built Environment

    2. Green Principles and Terminology

    3. Why Regreen the Built Environment?

    4. Planning Strategies and Tools

    5. Energy, Carbon Capture, Food, Waste      

    6. Transportation

    7. Roadways and Parking

    8. Corridors and Greenways

    9. Buildings and Rooftops

    10. Adaptive Reuse

    11. Interiors

    12. Alternative Sites

    13. Implementing Regreening Strategies

    14. Conclusion


    Michael A. Richards, B.S., M.Arch., PhD has spent much of his career exploring ways to integrate environmental sensibility into the built environment. He has worked as a planner, designer, researcher, and teacher at several colleges and universities, including the University at Buffalo, Buffalo State University, the University of Vermont, Vermont Technical College, Erie Community College, and the Community College of Vermont. In addition to this book series, he is also the author of the science fiction novel, Dream Makers, which tells the story of a distraught architecture student that can alter the past, present, and future by manipulating his dreams.