Soft Structures reflect a different philosophy with regard to the human/animal question. Rather than to presume a sense of synthesis, where biological beings cohabit equally, Soft Structure projects present a strategy based on mediated coexistence, often with reduced human impact.
On February 12th, 2014 Ned Dodington delivered a talk at Houston Community College on the burgeoning field of animal-inclusive design.
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.
Ned Dodington will be delivering a public talk titled "Design With Animals," in Houston on March 19th at 6:00pm. The talk will be a survey of projects on AnimalArchitecture.org and present emerging trends and patterns within the field of animal inclusive design.
Patrick Dougherty brings his bent-twig sculptures to Houston's Hermann Park. For the next few years local Houstonians and visitors will have the opportunity to walk in and among one of Patrick's flowing, windswept, twiggy bent-branch works of art. We had the chance to walk through last weekend.
The Cart Coop is a prototype chicken coop that elevates an abandoned shopping cart to a replicable model for urban food production.
A large part of the work on animal architecture is understanding, mapping and visualizing patterns of movement in ourselves and our non-human clients or design-partners. Over the years we have encountered several resources for visualizing animal movement and a few of our favorite (and most useful) ones are listed below.
Synanthropic Habitats propose scenarios where animals and humans live closely together in cross-species cities or abodes - they are the projects that most often come to mind when one thinks of Animal Architecture.
With half the world's population now living in urban regions, the future of cities is arguably the most important social and environmental issue of the twenty-first century. The design and planning of green spaces in cities has been central to urban development since the beginning of civilization.
The fourth edition of Bracket invites design work and papers that offer contemporary models of spatial design that are conscious of their public intent and actively engaged in socio-political conditions.
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.
Ned Dodington, President Ned Dodington is a licensed architect and designer working to develop new practices for biologically…
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.
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.
Become a member and continue receiving all of your Animal Architecture content. We've been doing some hard thinking recently and we've made the decision that instead of allowing advertising on the site, we're going to try to be membership supported. Animal Architecture is now more than five years old and it's time for us to take a step into a more mature web-world.
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.
Formed in 1994, the American Bird Conservancy has been conserving native birds and their habitats throughout the Americas. Part of this ongoing effort has led them to write and issue the American Bird Conservancy Bird Friendly Design Guides.
This is an amazing opportunity for Animal Architecture, our award winning projects and cross-species design in general. But I need your help to get us there. Starting now Animal Architecture is embarking on a two phased campaign.
The Domino Effect proposes to combine the restorative powers of a Bath House with the educational attributes of an aquarium along with a healthy dose of pet-therapy.
Animal House is an ideas-based competition in which entrants are asked to design a ‘house’ for a domestic animal of their choice. The program’s intent is for each participant to develop a contemporary shelter design addressing spatial requirements of non-human species in a fresh & appealing way.
Ned Dodington delivers an informational and entertaining TEDx Talk on why Animal Architecture is important and relevant to our world.
Dog-houses and bird-houses have always made me somewhat uneasy. They are strange products and additionally strange terms. What does "house" mean to a bird or a dog? Moreover, what business do we have building homes for another species?
As architects, we are operating in a landscape of shifting ecological and cultural values. We must not only develop strategies for incorporating diverse habitats into the spatial and built environment, but we must also take on the challenge to radically rethink the spatial and visible dimensions of animals and urban organisms.
The Hannafore Tile-Pool subtly and cleverly utilizes already occurring ecological processes to make a simple walkway on the beach safer for humans and tidal species. The result is a tile system that actually traps small pools of water at low tide beneath a walkable and textured surface.