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Category Archives: Animal

ANTHROPOCENE MAGAZINE

Though “putting out the welcome mat to other species remains a curiously radical concept,” wrote MacKinnon, it fits a Zeitgeist of enthusiasm for urban ecology and wildlife, of celebrating nature’s possibilities not only in obviously nature-y places but also in our midst. It’s also practical. After all, even when people build without thinking of animals, […]

CITY AS LIVING LABORATORY: WALK

Joyce Hwang, Ellen Driscoll, and Mackenzie Younger led a City as Living Laboratory WALK around New York’s Chinatown. Starting from Collect Pond Park and moving through Columbus Park, the WALK focused on how this neighborhood has evolved over time, considering its precious green spaces, the evolution of its landscape, the history and persistent mythologies around […]

BOWER IN UB NEWS

Thank you UB Reporter and Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning for sharing our project! Read about Bower here or here.

BOWER AT ARTPARK

We are excited to share that Bower, our newest installation project, has been completed! Bower is a series of architectural fragments that frame the landscape of ArtPark and host bird nesting boxes for various species. The project also features custom-designed glass ‘windows’ composed of drawings and anti bird-strike patterning. Bower is created in partnership with Ellen Driscoll, and in […]

BOWER: IN PROGRESS

FORTY FIVE JOURNAL

“Living on the Edge: Urban Animals at the Margins of Buildings” is published in Forty-Five, Journal of Outside Research. This piece features discussion and images of projects we created for “Outside Design” at SAIC Sullivan Galleries in the fall of 2015, as well as an insightful review by Stuart McLean. Thank you to editors Jonathan Solomon and David Hays!   […]

MACDOWELL COLONY

Joyce was awarded a residency at the MacDowell Colony for the spring of 2016. Here is a glimpse of some of the work-in-progress from her studio.

CURBED: THE ARCHITECT’S CITY

We are featured in Curbed! Check out this month’s edition of “The Architect’s City:” “Making Architecture Better for Animals” by Julia Cooke (Thanks Julia!).

HABITECTURE

Joyce Hwang gives a keynote lecture at “Reinventing the Urban: Workshop on Habitecture for Wildlife,” a conference organized by the Department of Geography and Planning at the University of Toronto and the Department of Environmental Studies at York University. Thank you to Susan Ruddick for the invitation to be part of this event!

OUTSIDE DESIGN

We are excited to be a part of Outside Design, a collateral event of the Chicago Architecture Biennial, now open at SAIC’s Sullivan Galleries in Chicago. Curated by Jonathan Solomon, SAIC’s Director of the Department of Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects, this show brings together five firms whose research-based work “develops new knowledge at the edges of design practice.” […]

HABITAT MAPPING: CHICAGO

Now in-progress: We are exploring the presence of urban wildlife on the SAIC campus through an ongoing mapping project that focuses on animal sightings and potential habitat locations. We have identified points of interest around campus and are in the process of documenting them through the use of camera traps, as well as looking for evidence of animal […]

NO CRASH ZONE

We are excited to present No Crash Zone, a temporary “renovation” of a window in the Carson, Pirie, Scott Building to make visible the logics of bird-strike prevention while still aspiring toward architecture’s preoccupations with the humanist subject. With a nod to the tiling pattern framing the building’s windows, the project aims to create visual noise through […]

PREVIEW: HABITAT WALL CHICAGO

Here are a few photos of our latest installation-in-progress. Habitat Wall is the first of three new works that we are producing for “Outside Design,” an upcoming exhibition at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Sullivan Galleries. More soon!

COLLISION THEORY: #BirdsandBuildings

Joyce Hwang and Gabriel Willow will lead a walk to explore possibilities for architecture to support urban species. Join us on Saturday, May 16 at 2 pm in New York City (Meet at Central Park West and 63rd Street). Thanks to Mary Miss/City as Living Laboratory (CaLL) for the invitation! See more details here, and check […]

THE NATURE OF CITIES

Read this timely post in The Nature of Cities: “Celebrating the Wilderness Act of 1964 – and Celebrating Wildness in Cities,” by Tim Beatley, the Teresa Heinz Professor of Sustainable Communities, in the Department of Urban and Environmental Planning, at the University of Virginia, and author or co-author of more than 15 books, including Green Urbanism, Native to Nowhere, […]