History would suggest that a coworking relationship between humans and nonhumans is rarely equal and is typically characterized by subjugation, sadness, and a controlled population expansion of “useful” species. GBHB demonstrates that another more equitable, more beneficial, more respectful cross-species coworking environment is possible.
Ambiguous Territory asks, can art and design avail new ways to approach contemporary challenges regarding the environment? What new worlds, and what new concepts of nature and culture can art and design reveal that other modes of inquiry and knowledge cannot?
Intersections 2016 is a cross-disciplinary conference of quality of life, health, equity, development and environmental issues facing the growing Houston area. The goal is to foster synergistic thinking and collaboration by bringing different people together, and to demystify the mechanisms for creating sustainable change.
Kulturfolger are defined as animals that thrive in a cultured landscape and actively engage with our human habitat. These organisms move through the city with tiny wings, blown by the wind- or crawl carefully along mossy damp walls of clustered apartment buildings.
SUBMIT YOUR PROJECT The Expanded Environment wants your multi-faceted, multi-dimensional, impure, unholy design proposals. Show us your ideas about how extreme combinations of architectural form, material, and programs can reshape not only our built worlds but the way we think of them.
We are happy to announce that Ned Dodington will be speaking at this year's Gulf Coast Green Symposium Healthy Communities - Vitality in Placemaking. Ned will be delivering a talk titled: Other Than Human; Notes on Anthro-Eccentric Design. The talk will focus on recent thinking about the importance of considering non-human agents in the design process. He will show-case leading-edge work in the field as well as "on-the-boards" projects for a forth-coming exhibition.
SXSW ECO 2014 Kicked off on October 5th. Check out the following links for the impressive whirlwind schedule…
Nature’s Toolbox is a broadly themed show organized around the power of art and artists to instigate positive global environmental corrections, stimulating biodiversity, increasing public awareness and hopefully reducing the more harmful actions of humans on our home.
The cross-species design imperative, first and foremost is a logical next step in the larger environmental movement. After decades of conserving energy and preserving environments, The Expanded Environment invites designers to become pro-active, shifting language from mere “conservation” and “responsibility” to "engaging" and "activating" those environments and the biological agents within them.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bracket 2 examines physical and virtual soft systems, as they pertain to infrastructure, ecologies, landscapes, environments, and networks. In an era of declared crises—economic, ecological and climatic, amongst others—the notion of soft systems has gained increasing traction as a counterpoint to permanent, static and hard systems.
The 2011 Animal Architecture Awards continue their tour around the Texas area with their arrival at MKT Bar, located inside Phoenicia Specialty Foods, Downtown Market location.
Synergy Housing is looking to commission an artist or designer to design and build a piece of ‘animal architecture’ (such as bird or bat boxes, bee housing) to be integrated into, and replicated throughout the seven development sites in Littlemoor.
The 2011 Animal Architecture Awards, All Creatures Great and Small, will be on display this fall in Dallas. Go check it out!
Recognizing that students represent the next generation of leaders and design innovators, SHIFT provides a scholarly and provocative forum for professional-reviewed student research into emerging issues at the forefront of landscape architecture theory and practice.
URBAN ANIMAL; The 2012 Animal Architecture Awards. Animal Architecture wants your ideas about how synanthropic design can reshape, expand and redefine the context of urban thought and space.
Utilizing a variety of source materials- earth/organic, signage, and environmentally friendly technology- artists will make scientific investigations, explorations, and historical references through installations and time-based events...
Tonight at the ArCH (315 Capitol, Houston) @ 530pm. Animal Architecture Panel with Ned Dodington, Jon LaRocca, Neeraj Bhatia, and Christopher Hight will discuss the Animal Architecture Award winning projects and their larger implications to architecture, design, and the human/animal divide.
You're invited to the 2011 Animal Architecture Awards opening at the Architecture Center Houston on Jan. 19th, 2012.