BiodiverCity midterm
What will be the city that animals would love?

As architects and planners we design for people. Human needs have always defined what we imagined, what we drew and what we built. Architecture and urbanism have simply been fulfilling a very old directive: "Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it…” That is what we did by building new cities, highways, harbors and bridges. 

Today climate change casts shadow of doubt on our civilization being so self centered. We are told that the world has been abused by us. By simply exploiting it, we seemingly missed the fact that there is more to it than just being our pantry… However, can ‘Green’ ideology, as we know it, embrace the whole complexity of that conflict? Can eco-city, as we know it (Masdar), be a sufficient solution? In the coming year is a year of biodiversity The Why Factory offers a new MSc2 studio. It will explore how both architectural and urban design could facilitate meaningful relationships between humans and other species. It will take off from the Deleuze and Guattari's thought that the opposition between humans and nature does not exist: human species within the biosphere is one among many? We will look for new intimacy between human beings and nature that we can project today, as once Joseph Beuys did. We will envision new engagement with natural cycles spreading beyond existing agriculture. We will design a new city embracing a democracy of people, animals, micro-organisms and minerals. What will be the city that animals would love?

(text from the why factory)