Architecture After the Animal

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Portfolio Day Session 2

Jenny Kinard

Portfolio Day

After the Final Presentation, you have the opportunity to consider your presentation in light of final feedback and discussion. You will spend additional time reviewing you presentations, refining you portfolio, and polishing you work before it is made public on the internet.

The Self Evaluation is an opportunity for you to reflect on your work during the Studio. Students and Coaches receive the same prompts and categories, and the students will evaluate their own progress and skill levels in Design Skills and Subject Skills applicable to the studio both numerically and textually. Through a narrative, you will also reflect on the quality and rigor of your work, give feedback on the studio, and have the opportunity to receive similar feedback directly from the coach.

Hidden Tail Project Board

Jacob Fishman
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Hidden Tail Project

Monarch Garden

Gwyn McLear
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Monarch Garden: This project specifically addresses the falling population of Monarch butterflies, due to climate change, gentrification, and other man-made threats, and attempts to bring them back into the lives of city-dwellers by creating an intervention.

In recent years, the rise of gentrification has made the gap between humans and nature grow, causing animals and humans to be wary of and hurt each other both directly and indirectly. Monarch Garden is an intervention: a flower box specially designed to grow milkweed, the only plant that Monarch caterpillars and larvae can feed on. The flower box is located on the river wall next to the MIT Sailing Pavilion and functions so that the river is the flowers' source of water making it entirely self sustainable. The flower box itself is made out of wood. Two wave shaped panels make up the length of the box making it look like an ordinary flower box. However, the bottom of the box has a few holes drilled in it for drainage, and the back panel has two cut out strips where mesh is laid so that only water can enter and leave. This means that when the river rises the plants will be flooded with water (milkweed actually likes flooding) and effectively water the plants. The goal of this flower bed is to bring Monarch Butterflies back into the lives of Bostonians and help them interact with these creatures more consistently in their everyday lives. It also aims to introduce Monarchs to urban environments in a positive way and create ways for them to coexist with humanity.

Cardinal Calling Art Board

India Adam
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Portfolio Board

Hannah Kader
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Project Board

Siena Jekel
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Project Template

Uliana Dukach
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Welcoming Urban Coyotes

Henry Harkins
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Welcoming Urban Coyotes: an installation that allows humans and coyotes to interact more naturally. The habitat features a two-sided window which allows coyotes to live a natural life while humans secretly spectate. 

In the Boston area, coyotes are a rare sight specifically in urban areas. Coyotes habitat is a den that is not accessible to humans. The animals purposely create their homes away from human contact. The original coyote separated its day into four parts, the animal would sleep for six hours and then hunt for six hours on a repetitive cycle.  This cycle was disrupted over time for urban coyotes because of human interaction. Another goal is to have urban eastern coyotes to transition back to their original sleep schedule because the animals would have a more natural habitat.

 The project presents a two-sided window where humans can look in but coyotes can't see out. It is a natural zoo habitat. Traditionally, coyotes create dens with brush and thorns that are unappealing to humans. The project provides a safer way for humans to appreciate and acknowledge such an interesting animal.

Highway to Haven

Aveen Nagpal
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The Highway to Haven is a tunnel system for squirrels and chipmunks to keep safe in the dash from bush to bush and burrow to burrow. In the wild, chipmunks and squirrels' main predators are hawks and eagles. Highway to Haven protects them in the journey from point A to point B while also allowing for humans to interact with them on the way. Chipmunks and squirrels normally have a system of running from one pile of leaves to another to cross large fields without being spotted by hawks and eagles, but this doesn’t always work.

The solution; construction of multiple tunnels made out of plywood that stretch between multiple landings, feeding banks, and planted landings that allow humans to view and interact with whatever passes through them. Highway to Haven is a modular system that can be installed on the siding, along gutters, and under window sills of a residential or commercial building. When installed, the system mimics the natural way in which a chipmunk constructs its burrow, this helps them feel safe and more relaxed around the bustling city. In the seed bank unit, humans can dispense seeds into a feeding tray that squirrels and chipmunks can eat out of. With the planted landing, humans can plant various flora such as berry bushes where chipmunks and squirrels can feed. With the landing, squirrels can make their nests.