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.
The public square at Utpal Dutta Sarani enables an intensified feeding mechanism that spatially restrains foraging activities of an exploding pigeon population, preventing destructive impacts on urban nature.
The art value of the co-created landscape cannot be ignored. The biological growth elevates the value of the wall into that of a unique sculpture.
Hollow Ecosystems (HES) can encourage a healthy population of birds within urban areas as well as add value of wonderment to architectural projects.
As we are able to replicate the natural world in a synthetic medium, it becomes important to question the processes that lead to the existence of the animal sculptures.
A tour of the old city of Calcutta reveals that while biological growth can threaten to destroy buildings' structures, conservation and management of growth can also enhance the age-value and identity of the city.
If cities can be programmed with the character of wilderness, the urban can draw benefits of wonderment, motion, colour and interaction.
It was February 7 2018, when animal screams outside my bedroom door woke me up in the middle of the night.
The evolution of the Chimney Swift is closely intertwined with modernity and the changing habitats of humans. Although originally nesting in caves and rotted trees, Chimney Swifts now primarily nest in, well -- chimneys and other man-made habitats. They adapted to chimneys in the first place due to a scarcity of standing, rotted trees - as these have a tendency to fall onto property and are quickly taken down.
Bower is a series of architectural fragments that frame the landscape of ArtPark and host bird nesting boxes for various species.
Throughout North America, the suburbs are a pervasive condition that emerge at the periphery of every major metropolitan…
Many occupied regions of the world are turning arid due to rapid changes in global climate. This is…
Climate change is provoking a massive migration among humans and non-humans. As temperatures and weather patterns shift, entire…
The project explores possible conditions of cohabitation through the design of domestic prosthetics for the single-family detached house. Three…
[Animals, with their myriad superhuman senses, can teach us new unprecedented ways of occupying space. Shared spaces can…
Can design bridge land and water? Could shared spaces teach us what it’s like to occupy underwater spaces, and navigate through oceans and waterways?
The space of greatest tension between human and animal is the domestic territory of the house. Suburbs are therefore at the front line of the confrontation between humans and synanthropic animals. As woodlots and agrarian landscape are converted into residential communities, highly adaptive animals seek out new habitat opportunities.
How can sharing spaces lead us to a deeper understanding of our space? Can we learn the senses of other species? Can we gain an animal’s superpowers? The following projects offer another reason for sharing our spaces with non-human species: the enrichment of our spaces and our own perception.
We are happy to announce that the BioCity installation has completed its second round of installation.
SVA (School of Visual Arts) Product Design student Rona Binay’s MFA thesis entitled, ‘COEXIST, Mixing with Urban Wildlife’ transgresses the relationship between the "urban" and the "natural" through a series of four design interventions.
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.
BeehiveHighrise utilizes a redesigned system which enables access from the sides, with each tray fitting snugly and keeping the box enclosed. This allows the hives to be lined up in rows as well as stacked, forming a wall of hives that could be shared among several beekeepers. One of these walls could hold as many as 90 hives, each of which could pollinate around 240 million flowers daily.
Urban Transhumance explores urban farming as viable urban renewal option by revisiting Grand Boulevard as a site that circumscribes the historic limits of Detroit.
Oceanic Agriculture is a marine strategy for rapid deployment of food-aid in times of prolonged civic stress. The design proposes to generate a flotilla of horizontal surfaces that become deployable seafaring farmlands. Oceanic Agriculture pairs the exigencies of organizations such as the World Food Program and the Global Food Crisis Program, with current disposal and mothball strategies for large military, commercial and private maritime vessels.
The Urban Hedgerow is a series of urban-animal friendly installations. The project creates wall mounted vertical forms which can be comprised of collected sticks, industrial components, lumber discards and clippings from parks, yards, and forgotten city bits. The ambition is to create space and allow more of our wild world into the city, and to make people grapple with where they draw the line between wild neighbor and pest.