Urban areas are quickly becoming the densest concentrations of human life on the planet and with that comes the well documented positive and negative impacts to local biodiversity and ecologies. But humans are not the only urban animals – squirrels, pigeons, mice, crows, raccoons, beetles and others are all species identified as synanthropes – animals that “live near, and benefit from, an association with humans and the somewhat artificial habitats that humans create around them.” These are highly-urbanized non-human animals and our potential design partners. Expanded hetero-cultures, urban agriculture, and a flexible, more resilient urbanism are all potential benefits of cross species collaborations. What other benefits exist?
SUBMIT YOUR PROJECT Animal Architecture wants your ideas about how synanthropic design can reshape, expand and redefine the context of urban thought and space. Submissions can include past work, current research and built or unbuilt projects. Projects should focus on solving, addressing or proposing urban issues and must actively incorporate at least one, if not more non-human design partners. Winning entries will be announced mid summer 2012 and will be eligible for publication and exhibition. Details to follow. Register by May 13th 2012 and submission due June 11th 2012. The cost is $35.00 for currently enrolled students and $100.00 for professionals.
JURY COMMITTEE: Ned Dodington (Director, Animal Architecture), Simone Ferracina (2012 An.Arch Awards Laureate), Fritz Haeg (Artist), Christopher Hight (Assoc. Professor, Rice University RSA), Jonathan LaRocca (Editor, Animal Architecture), Kate Orff (Asst. Professor, Columbia GSAPP, Founder of SCAPE), Susan S. Szenasy (Editor in Chief, Metropolis Magazine)