Urban Ecotopia: Vertical Cohabitation
Student | Aoqian Wu
Faculty | Irina Schneid Interior Design, Graduate
Interior space can be appropriated for the mutual cohabitation by multiple species in the creation of a vertical urban ecosystem.
Human beings and urban wildlife will become a part of a complex ecosystem and grow to rely on interaction with one another to reimagine a new form of urban cohabitation and create new interwoven urban lifestyles.
In the underwater cafe, people can observe the living habits of aquatic creatures. People can see through the viewing window how seagulls build nests, how shellfish settle on artificial reefs, how fish hide in artificial reefs, and how water plants grow on river beds.
Birds can nest on specific scaffolding structures, and their droppings fertilize the plants below. Humans can watch how birds build nests and feel the cycle of nature.
There is a bird-specific space above the public space. Because this space is embedded in the human space, the overall temperature will be warmer and more suitable for birds to nest.
Wildlife and pets will use areas that humans useless, such as space under the coffee table and the sofa, the space on the wall, etc. Human can observe the difference between pets and wildlife at the same time.
The artificial reef is constructed with rough finishing. Shellfish can easily attach to it and then evolve various underwater reef ecosystems.
Different animals will have different heights of life in different seasons. I want to establish a path connecting different species while maintaining this division.
Exterior material selection.
V isual Abstract