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Toward interspecies art and design prosthetic habitat-structures in human-owl cultures

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posted on 2024-06-13, 17:46 authored by D Parker, S Roudavski, B Isaac, N Bradsworth
Abstract Urbanization severely reduces opportunities for nonhuman habitation and undermines nonhuman subjectivities, aesthetic experiences, behaviors, traditions, and cultures. In response, humans need to reimagine cities as places for interspecies cohabitation. In this article, a team of architects and ecologists demonstrates that such reimagination depends on the cultural behaviors of multiple species. The authors illustrate the implications of this dependence by designing and discussing nesting structures for the powerful owl (Ninox strenua). The project shows that prosthetic habitats can serve as useful provocation for thinking about interspecies cultures. The authors use this work to propose productive avenues for further research.

History

Journal

Leonardo

Volume

55

Pagination

351-356

ISSN

0024-094X

eISSN

1530-9282

Language

English

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Issue

4

Publisher

MIT PRESS