regen·era is a fictional world created by the Design Science Studio to push the memes and ideas of the Regenaissance in a playful, visual and interactive way, to amplify the chances of these ideas to spread out and become part of the popular culture.
regen·era is a concept, but also multiple spaces and platforms where these ideas have a home and where curious travelers can explore them.
We are launching regen·era as a virtual world, but it might take other forms throughout the decade, since it’s more an idea than it is a physical or virtual space.
What we love about the idea of the floating city is that it really can fit anything. A discussion that occurs between a regenerative philosopher and a designer about new governance systems could happen in one of the cafes of regen·era. The blueprints and operating manuals to create permaculture settlements could live inside regen·era’s library. It’s a place for ideas, dialogues, intentional design, collaboration, ideation. It exists because of each one of its parts and will exist for as long as there are contributions
That’s why your role is so important.
The simple fact that you are here, counts. But, oh dear, in so many other ways too!
One of the most important things we do at Design Science Studio is to mentor, steward and fund 144 multidisciplinary artists every year to create art that has the potential to change History. Connected; conscious; planetary-aligned; regenerative art, capable of telling the story and imagining a possible future.
Most of the art and projects that you will find in regen·era have been created by (r)Evolutionaries of the Design Science Studio, but not only. Anybody can create a project that lives within the story-universe of the city and connect to its meta-narrative.
If you have a project that you think can fit within the city and you want to be part of this decade-long adventure, please visit our PARTICIPATION AGREEMENT & SUBMISSION page.
Besides this, there are multiple ways in which you can help, participate or financially support the project.
How can I
Futurecasting is the process of making predictions of the future based on past and present data and most commonly by analysis of trends.
Backcasting is a planning method that starts with defining a desirable future and then works backwards to identify policies and programs that will connect that specified future to the present.
While forecasting involves predicting the future based on current trend analysis, backcasting approaches the challenge of discussing the future from the opposite direction; it is a method in which the future desired conditions are envisioned and steps are then defined to attain those conditions, rather than taking steps that are merely a continuation of present methods extrapolated into the future.
We believe in designing futures that we aspire to, to then backcast from them the necessary steps to achieve them.
Introducing some of these concepts in your reality today through the use of fictional frameworks allows us to “incept” ideas in a way that seem doable. Then we use history-telling to frame your reality or your near term future, telling the story from the future, like it had already happened.
We ask you to live the present told from your future, asking you to put one step in front of the other in small steps, and then to turn around only to realize that you are deep in the circle.
At some point, the backcasted future and the projected present collide and merge. That’s where the magic happens.
The Regenaissance is a cultural movement that started in 2020, the result of decades of ecological activism and new approaches to old problems. Driven by a will to reimagine our society at scale and imagine possible futures, thousands of artists, thinkers and doers around the world are sharing memes related to new ways to interact with nature and ourselves, in relationship with the planet.
This cultural (r)Evolution is transforming food systems, social structures, education, living, politics and our view of our living systems. It’s happening, it’s now, and you are part of it.
What is the
regen·era Rising is global confluence for creators of regenerative futures, celebrated every year on March 21st to commemorate the arrival of regen·era to Earth to show us what was possible.
The arrival of the city is celebrated with a week-long virtual summit full of immersive experiences, celebrations, talks, workshops, art and surprises - each showcasing the important, powerful and collaborative ways design, science, and story collide within the shared environments of Zoom, New Art City and Topia.
Join the (r)Evolution in a cultural exploration at the intersection of art and science, harnessing the potential to shift and propel the next hundred years of our evolutionary process.
“The clutch is in, will we shift up or down?
It's Utopia or Oblivion.”
- R. Buckminster Fuller
From weaponry to livingry.
From extraction to regeneration.
From me to we.
You can attend the festival March 21-28 by buying tickets here - RSVP: bit.ly/regenerarising
Go to the regener·era Rising page to know every details about the festival, official schedule and many other surprises.
And what happens after?
regen·era will be online throughout the entire decade, although it might take different forms. It will always be an online platform of some sorts, although it might move from Topia and the web to more advanced ways to interact with it in the future. It might also expand to physical locations, video games, movies, etc.
Every year, we will celebrate the annual celebration of the day regen·era appeared from the clouds. It’ll be a global celebration in which we will have talks, art exhibitions, performances and in which the projects of each of the 144 (r)Evolutionaries of that year’s cohort will also launch their projects into the world. Eventually, these celebrations will move to the physical world in the shape of giant art fairs, like the world expos but with a focus on the regeneration of the planet.
2021 is a special year, since it marks the first time that regen·era appeared on Earth.
The launch week will occur on March 22nd and its festivities will last for an entire week.
regen·era is home to all kinds of projects. From a book that features 50 lessons given by the trees to humans to an immersive spacial cabaret to design the future of humanity to a museum about water to regenerative eco-villages to a dictionary with new words to describe a new world that is emerging.
In its lively streets you will find all kinds of art forms and narratives to express and share this moment of transformation.
144 artists go through our cohort every year learning themes like Traditional Ecological Knowledge, World Building and geoscope, regenerative practices, backcasting, design science, systems thinking and a long etcetera. Every year we select the best of the best in regenerative projects and narratives and we give them tools and platforms to be expressed in its broadest shape.
For a complete list of projects that you can group by year, theme and other categories, go to our Kumu Map of regen·era.
If you prefer to explore them virtually in a more immersive environment, then join the topia world and explore away :)
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The Design Science Studio is a project of Creative studio habRitual, in partnership with the Buckminster Fuller Institute. Together they launched a 10-year (r)Evolutionary proposal to create a cultural shift and move society towards planetary regeneration.
A developmental incubator for ART inspiring a regenerative future that works for 100% of life, the Studio supports art that empowers global creators to imagine a regenerative future.
HabRitual is an experiential production, interdisciplinary design and immersive art studio based in Emeryville, CA working globally at the intersection of art, technology and nature to catalyze social and systemic change. The studio is committed to integrating nature’s regenerative system design to inform and inspire holistic collaboration and design for all life to thrive, not just humans. At its core, the studio aims to support and playfully spark collective creative potential to design platforms, programs and experiences that reach, educate and inspire diverse groups of people.
About Buckminster Fuller Institute
BFI has been a leader in catalyzing design science for over 38 years. BFI has a rich history of producing a number of leading-edge educational experiences across the media spectrum. For 30 years, BFI has served the international network of Fuller-inspired innovators through the maintenance of a comprehensive Information Clearinghouse on R.B Fuller, including a detailed inventory of the practices and principles informing Fuller's approach to design innovation; articles featuring contemporary applications of Fuller's approach published in BFI's website, monthly email newsletter, and on-line books; audio and video archives; and Dymaxion Artifacts, BFI's online store featuring educational tools.
Who is behind
Most def! =)
HabRitual and the Buckminster Fuller Institute decided to launch an INCUBATOR to mentor, scaffold and fund artists to help create a cultural shift towards a world that works for 100% of life.
As part of their strategy, they created a story-universe that aims to encapsulate many of the recurring and emerging themes around the current zeitgeist, more planet conscious and connected.
That story-universe has its representation in regen·era, a virtual world that summarizes the ethos of the cultural movement so called The Regenaissance.
In order to celebrate the launch of this movement and of the 144 projects incubated by the Design Science Studio, a festival has been created, which will feature dozens of talks and experiences. The name of the festival is regen·era rising and it will happen from March 21-28.
How big is
Where does it
regen·era is, for now, a virtual world built in Topia and New Art City, immersive spatial web platforms that can be accessed from your web browser. Topia provides a way to build videogame-like “physical” online worlds where you can place in them drawings that create an immersive environment that multiple users can walk around from different computers, while talking to each other with video and audio. New Art City is a 3D world that holds MORA, which you’ll learn more about shortly. It’s better experienced than explained, so if you are impatient, you can go directly to the launchpad and explore it.
Once you get there, you’ll find yourself in a world that you can walk around. There, Ava and Gloria will show you how to operate within the world. From the hexagonal deck you’ll have access to the 4 worlds/spaces that compose regen·era for now. As the city expands, more neighborhoods and spaces will be created in it.
0. regen·era main hexagonal deck
This is the main world and from where you can access all the other different spaces. This world contains information on how to navigate in topia.
From here, you will be able to travel to:
1. Agora & Bucky’s lab
Agora is a space for the (r)Evolutionary noosphere. A place for deep conversations about art, philosophy, anticipatory design science, synergetics and other things. In here you will find
This is a space that remembers and honors the work that schools like the Bauhaus did, and the tremendous impact they had in society at all levels.
Here you’ll also find the Cooperating Manual of Spaceship Earth library, a library of resources of the Regenaissance, the Futurists Cafe, a cafe that opens after hours and will serve as a meeting point for all the (r)evolutionaries and allies working on projects to regenerate our Planet or The reparations miro board.
In this world you’ll also find Bucky’s Lab, the incubator and maker’s space of regen·era. Here you’ll find all kinds of incredible projects aligned with Buckminster Fuller's ideas and principles, as well as the most varied group of system thinkers, synergetists and all around smart nerds. Please don’t look, touch. Ask questions. This is a lab for imagining the future.
Natura is a space for wellness and connection with Nature. It will hold projects that have a direct connection with our environment.
3. Art District & Regenaissance Cabaret
The Regenaissance Cabaret is a place for magic and entertainment. All kinds of performers have gone through its doors and performed in one of its thousand rooms. The Cabaret is like a labyrinth, full of secret corners and passageways. One never enters and comes out from the same door. It’s a journey to discover the immersive art of the Regenaissance. Life is a Cabaret.
4. The Village
The village is a palace for village builders and those who dream to reimagine our boundaries and social structures. From new governance systems to ecosystem design, here is where the future of cities and social agreements is designed.
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You can Apply to the next cohort
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