​​Location:  Everette, Massachusetts USA

Partner:    Boston Market Terminal and Chimney Swifts

​​Date:        July 2015

Project Description:

 

Backs of building, edges of transit and post industrial vacancies are just a few of the many forgotten, gritty spaces within a city. Transforming these underused spaces of cities into restorative habitats for declining species populations offers immense potential. 

 

Chimney Swifts (Chaetura pelagica) are undergoing sharp regional declines which are likely a result of habitat loss. Before European settlers, Chimney Swifts roosted and nested in hollow, dead trees. Their habitat requirements are simple: a deep, dark, cylindrical space with textured sides and an opening at the top. As natural habitat became scarce, Chimney Swifts took to man-made chimneys. 

 

Ecology and art blend. The bird tower stands as sculpture for the passer-by to experience, while functioning internally as a nest. The birds migrate as a means of survival, while the murmuration pattern now becomes a performance set on a sculptural stage. A basic transit experience is instantly transformed into an eco-exhibition. Our swift series is just one moment. These objects change the back of house into a location for restoration and an eye-catching experience. This method can occur globally, turning countless uncared for spaces into sites of rich habitat driven development. 

 

 

Teaching Fellows: Thomas Allen, Cynthia Dehlavi, Durga Gawde, Nate Kauffman, Katie McKnight  

Installation- Day 15
Installation- Day 15

Tower 1 rises as the commuter rail train passes.

Series
Series
Site Visit
Site Visit
Facade
Facade
Lifted
Lifted
Measure
Measure
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Series
Accuracy
Accuracy
Peace
Peace
Sketches
Sketches
Mobile
Mobile
Exhibition Models
Exhibition Models
Site
Site
Making
Making
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Design Thinking Charrette

'swift series'

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