In the face of global pandemic it would appear that the health of our ecosystems, biodiversity and particularly our insect life is more important than ever. This post from 2014 is a reminder of just how simple, and fun creating a little extra biodiversity can be - especially for kids! Check out the links below for additional information on the design and construction of insect homes.
On September 4th, 2014 Ned Dodington delivered the inaugural lecture at the University of Northern Iowa's School of art to a filled auditorium of students, faculty and guests. A recording of the lecture, in full, can be viewed at the link below.
After more than 5 years of functioning as Animal Architecture we will be rebranding and reorganizing as a non-profit organization now to be named: The Expanded Environment. This change comes at a critical moment in the organization, within our collective thinking about the impact of Animal Architecture now and in the near future, and within the current climate crises around the globe.
Increasing interest and activity in urban agriculture is exciting for human urban development and the greening, literally and metaphorically, of our cities. But more often than not animals in almost every capacity are left out of the conversation.
The other things...I invite you to imagine a world where one species’ living habits and environment does not infringe detrimentally on the habitat of another’s. Where, in fact a habitat, a building, a home, a house, a city, can be mutually beneficial to many species.
The influence of bio-politics has reached a level of saturation in architecture and architectural practice. No longer are architects primarily concerned with simply constructing beautiful and functional structures but are increasingly obsessed with the role and position of life and living system in their projects.
Yesterday the Serpentine Gallery announced that Sou Fugimoto has been selected to design the 2013 Serpentine Pavilion, a temporary…
“It’s hard to say where the wired world ends and the wired world begins.” As part of the…
You're invited to the 2011 Animal Architecture Awards opening at the Architecture Center Houston on Jan. 19th, 2012.
This week continues the discussion between N. Dodington and R. Ludwig on the role of biology in Architecture. For background information and for previous discussions please visit the Darwinian Arena under "Posts."
"..to me, this is not Animal Architecture. I feel they have taken a term that was already being used to describe other projects..." Visit Archinect to read the rest of the thread. Post a comment!
"I've had a twin obsession with biology and architecture for quite some time, probably more than a decade at this point. That interest has taken me to some extremes stylistically and theoretically with respect to my work but had never really felt fun or natural..."
Animal Architecture is proud to announce the winning entries for the 2011 Animal Architecture Awards. Congratulations to all of the entrants! Job well done!
URBAN AERIES / PURCH (Positioned Urban Roosts for Civic Habitation) – is a combined exercise in engaging other alternate-architects (specifically birds here) in the production of co-species habitations.
This post marks the beginning of an experimental series of entries on Animal Architecture titled “Architecture in the Darwinian Arena.” One of the major missions of Animal Architecture is to instigate and provoke large-frame discussion about the role of biology in design /Architecture
In response to the International Ideas Competition for the Bering Strait, Lateral Office‘s Mason White and Lola Sheppard…
We all know that animals have some pretty neat evolutionary tricks up their sleeves. But Kenichi Okada and Chris Woebken have a few of their own. This creative duo have designed three toys called Animal Superpowers...
The ARC International Wildlife Crossing Infrastructure Design Competition (ARC) has brought together landscape architects, engineers, and ecologists to create a proposed wildlife crossing structure in Colorado.
This project comes to us from Max Hooper Schneider, a graduating landscape architecture student at the Harvard GSD. …
The Institute for Figuring has created quite possibly one of the world's largest community art projects - the Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef. Christine and Margaret Wertheim, the project's founders, describe their creation as "a woolly celebration..."
A couple years back, we posted on a collaborative project between The Living, Chris Woebken, and Natalie Jeremijenko's Environmental Health Clinic. The now completed Amphibious Architecture project seeks to captivate participants by immersing them into the ebbs and flows of aquatic ecosystems...
Are you a freelance web designer? Are you familiar with Wordpress and currently living in the Houston Tx area? We need you! Animal Architecture has crossed yet another readership threshold and well, we feel like it's time for a little upgrade.
While we might disagree with their claim to "organic cliff" and suggest something more like cactus, or termite hill, the basic idea of a highly malleable structure with variable porosity we think is right on track.
Bracket is a new book series that highlights emerging critical issues at the juncture of architecture,environment, and digital culture. Conceived as an almanac, the series looks at emerging themesthat are shaping the built environment in radically signifi cant, yet often unexpected ways.
The premise is that there is no one single best approach to achieving green design, but a number of ways to arrive at the same goal. The presentation presents five propositions.