6/16/2008

Workshop #1 - BERLIN

Berlin - City of nightingale, symbol of animals coming back to the city.




- What if more animals come to the city ?
- What does the city provides to them ?
- How people would adapt to it ?
- How animal behaviors would change in the city ?
- Will people become wild ?


URBAN RESEARCH TOOLS

We did a first tour in the city, exploring wild places and niches for urban animals. We took earth samples and pictures of different places around Mitte. We also tagged these spaces with positive and negative flags. We developed research tools to observe animals such as a photographic gun, to hunt pictures of wild animals and plants.





Why following animals and plants, we understood that they can indicate the state of their natural habitat and act as "sensors" to inform us about our own urban locus. We develop for this purpose an "eco-analyser" that gives informations in real time about the place. Using organic antennas and a pump-actuated sampler, this device translates bio-chemical sensor data and photospectrometric analysis colour samples to information visualisation to be used in local eco-awareness group.





Finally, we created a eco-friendly tagging tool that let flag interesting places with a bio-substrate that will grow an organic tag and a sampler that manifest potential properties of differents terrains and habitats:







SCENARIOS

Hyper-development of wilderness in the city also opens complex debates about how architecture, politics and citizen action should face together the challenge of co-habitation with wild animals and plants. We develop many scenarios describing how the massive development of intensive agriculture could lead to the deletion of insects and lead to the displacement of many species towards cities. This diagram illustrates a possible scenario and how an eco-systemic future could be adress by citizen designers.







CONCEPTS


If we take a positive approach and envision a successful symbiosis between humans and wild species, we could think of many practical solutions to think about a mutualistic city, shared and open. Some examples here, crossing for animals, shoes that would not go over animals, UV beverage leading to fluorescent pee to trace and protect wild animals, leading to new kind of urban safaris.

6/15/2008

6/14/2008

Karcher Graffiti



Graffiti made by removing dirt on buildings by french artist Zevs

Svalbard deep freeze seeds



The first batch of 100 million of the most important agricultural seeds were placed into the doomsday repository there today. The Svalbard Global Seed Vault is buried deep within a frozen mountainside near the Norwegian town of Longyearbyen that perpetually cools it to –18 degrees Celsius (–0.4 degree Fahrenheit) with or without permafrost

Biodivercity


A swiss research project about urban biodiversity




An urban fox in london (from LDP)

6/13/2008

Enjoy the urban fruits


Accidentally stumbled upon this lovely project which suggests a community service to locate wild nature that can feed us. They did not focus on designing various tools, just sharing the information they have. Anyway, I love the straitforward logic of it: Simply using that existing source. This could be another engaging motivation for our tools.

Ah, it's here:
http://urbanedibles.org/

6/10/2008

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Metropolitan Studies at Humboldt University in Berlin

- Masters in City Geography (City Ecologies, Humangeorgraphie...)