Tiny houses and great cathedrals, carbon-neutral skyscrapers and Airstream trailers: architecture is among the greatest of human crafts. Just imagine if the same ingenuity and vision were devoted to building homes for animals.
Recently our founder and editor Ned Dodington was able to catch-up with Rona Binay, a young designer working in New York and the author of the previously posted project "Coexist." She was generous enough to share some of her thoughts with him. Here's what they discussed.
Recently, we were able to catch up with Joyce Hwang, the 2012 Animal Architecture award winner and recently selected for an Emerging Voices Award from the architectural league of New York.
On February 12th, 2014 Ned Dodington delivered a talk at Houston Community College on the burgeoning field of animal-inclusive design.
The good works of Animal Architecture has recently been recognized by the kind folks at DesignGood. DesignGood is an online community that shares the stories of the people, products and organizations making an impact around the globe through creativity and contribution.
In the world of The Expanded Environment, be-it animal friendly design, animal-inclusive design or biosynthetics there are few resources as detailed, exhaustive and prescriptive as the design guides for bird-friendly architecture.
Ned Dodington delivers an informational and entertaining TEDx Talk on why Animal Architecture is important and relevant to our world.
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.
I have always been inspired by the resilient and often rebellious way that other species interact with and adapt to our human built environments and (in our general arrogance) our under-estimation of the potential of inter-species collaboration and co-habitation. This to me has always been a territory which warrants further exploration.
"Pigeon racing occupies an intriguing threshold between the domestic and the non-domestic. It seemed perfectly logical that a pigeon racing headquarters for a group of enthusiasts might materialize within an ordinary Victorian terraced house."
..This type of erosion between a “nature” that is undisturbed and human intervention confronts us everyday and exploring this erosion is the basis for much of our speculative work. What started as an unconscious observation has turned into a passion for how these issues can be made architectural...
Earlier this month our Editor in Chief was interviewed for his thoughts on design and how to Jury a Competition by the folks at DUDYE.com.
Our project stemmed from the fact human settlement had been exploiting the divide between us and other species for centuries, in large scale food production, monoculture and pollination...
We've asked Simone Ferracina's to share with us a little bit more about the project, his process and the forces that drive his creativity. Enjoy!
"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..."
A few months ago we posted on the Bat Tower, an exciting project by Joyce Hwang and her students at SUNY Buffalo. Recently we've had the chance to catch up with her and get some more details about the tower itself and what can happen when Animals get involved with Architecture.