Today on Treehugger we found a great story on Permaculture. Now, permaculture is something we here at Animal Architecture have something of a tenuous relationship with…we’re pretty sure we love it but then again it seems almost too good, too happy-go-eco-friendly to trust. Then again, many of the projects featured here in the past have a strong permaculture bent (PolySpecies Park, The Dallas projects, and Flightpath). See for yourself and maybe you can convince us to come around to the permaculture culture.
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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.
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.
..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...
One need only step into any meadow or marsh to recognize the capacity of nature to produce an incredible diversity of productive form(s). Although much of our understanding of the living world has changed...
This year, among the many recipients is one of our previously featured artists, Fritz Haeg. We find Fritz's award particularly exciting because is recognizes his a-typical approach to practice and his unique focus on the habitats of other species as valuable to the practice of Architecture and Design. We first met Fritz at the Systems of Sustainability symposium at the University of Houston last year and have been closely watching his work since. Congratulations Fritz. This a great award for a so many reasons.