HOUSING THE NON-HUMAN 02 – A (SHOW)CASE
Look around you! and you will realize that the built environment has changed our ecosystem forever. Consequently, the question we have to ask ourselves today is: how can architecture actively help the environment and involve other species as equal agents? Or, how can we design and built an architecture of multi-species co-habitation? Therefore, HOUSING THE NON- HUMAN 02 will create a (show)case to popularize the debate on cohabitation and campaign for the inclusion of nature in our built environment, by means of architectural design.
Fifty years ago, the Central Animal Laboratories – Mäusebunker (eng: Mouse Bunker) designed by Gerd & Magdalena Hänska opened. Like a stranded (space)ship, the brutalist concrete structure soon gained fame, not only for its appearance but also for its use – one of Europe ́s biggest animal testing facilities, reflecting the common understanding at that time of human—non-human relations. The planned demolition of the building was supposed to end the unloved story, but architects and supporters joined forces and started a campaign to save the brutalist structure.
Together we will try to develop specific architectural solutions, in different scales and complexities, which will be tested and refined using the example of the Mäusebunker. At the same time, these solutions will always be evaluated for their systemic effect and viability on a larger scale. Therefore, the building will be a show-case, rather than a study case, for plausible options of multi-species cohabitation.