...from Seth Barnard, an architecture student at the Cooper Union. Seth's project, as he states, asks the simple question "What if we introduced [or re-introduced] zoological/ entomological/ botanical specimens into our everyday lives?" And we totally agree with you Seth. What if? What if we had a greater awareness of the animals already around us...
An interesting project came to our attention via Bustler recently and is certainly worth checking out. The project is titled Engineered Biotopes and was developed by London-based teammates Anthi Grapsa and Konstantinos Chalaris.
...the glass-like fragility of this artificial forest, built of an intricate lattice of small transparent acrylic tiles, is visually breathtaking. Its frond extremities arch uncannily towards those who venture into its midst, reaching out to stroke and be stroked like the feather or fur or hair of some mysterious animal....
[Fundacion Telefonica Jury, 1st
prize, VIDA 11.0]
"Ecological Urbanism considers the city with multiple instruments and with a worldview that is fluid in scale and disciplinary focus...The book brings together practitioners, theorists, economists, engineers, artists, policymakers, scientists, and public health."
...we can speculate about various readings of the kind of alien logic of geometry, math, and by extension mankind in the face of nature, or the apparent illumination (divine / cerebral illumination) of the natural by the geometric or we can muse about what the donkey might be thinking in the presence of an object that presumably it cannot possibly fathom...
Welcome Alex! Alex will be traveling the world for the next few months and then take up his preceptorship in NYC with the notable firm of DS+R. During his travels he'll stop in here to say a few words. We think you'll be a great addition to the Animal Architecture team.
Another heated debate surrounding vertical farming is presented to us via AlterNet. This post, by Stan Cox and David Van Tassle, both plant-breeding researcher at the Land Institute in Salinas Kansas is decidedly on the anti-vertical farming side of things due to what the authors claim is the sheer impossibility of vertical farming.
... this project just might illustrate some of the conceptual shifts, that is posthumanist ideas, that appear elsewhere on this site, but have yet to make it into the architectural world. We don't have an award yet for "Most effective human animal partnership in the construction of a building" but if we did, Anton Garcia-Abril, that award would go to you sir. Well done.