帝王蝶保护区生物信息学 Monarch Sanctuary Bioinformatics Mitchell Joachim, Vivian Kuan + Terreform ONE 本项目旨在将生物体与复杂的数据相结合，使公众“看到”一个处在生存边缘的精妙生物体，从而为非人类设计带来一个奇观。该项目中城市的生物多样性正在消失，我们必须阻止这种令人担忧的栖息地破坏继续发生。在每年消失的一万个已知物种中，我们只选择一种昆虫来代表物种多样性的急剧下降。
The Monarch Sanctuary Bioinformatics project aims to generate a spectacle in designing for non-humans. It uses live organisms combined with complex data to help the public SEE an exquisite organism at the edge of existence. Biodiversity is disappearing in cities everywhere; we must prevent this alarming destruction of habitat. We choose just one insect out of ten thousand known species that vanish every year to represent this massive decline in diversity.
Since the proverbial dawn of modernity, occupants of cities have suffered in a difficult relationship with nature. Leo Marx (and others) have diligently argued that cities and nature are essentially inseparable, which explains this pervasive tension. Cities operate as a massive system of interrelated complex organisms within an even larger system of organisms. These interdependent resources and disparate urban/ nature operations don’t necessarily SEE one another. One overarching goal of municipal governing parties interested in sustaining cities was to make ecology visible.
Manifesting ecological routines into a visible spectacle is a utilitarian mechanism for building awareness and communicating intentions. Instead of burying or hiding urban metabolic infrastructure, reversing its presence is desirable. Foregrounding nature as an aestheticized and functional event in its myriad of forms is an excellent design objective. Giving citizens the capacity to SEE waste, energy or water systems in flux highlights their value and immediacy. For “Eyes of the City” our initiative at Terreform ONE concentrates on visualizing nature, or more specifically biodiversity itself. The objective was to reintroduce biodiversity everywhere feasible into the urban realm, from inside intelligent building skins in the exterior pockets of landscape mosaics. The outcome for this endeavor culminated in visualizing a certain fragile urban insect species at the edge of extinction. We wished for denizens of NYC to perceive biodiversity through the lens of a Monarch butterfly and in turn see their own environmental needs reflected back.
The Monarch Sanctuary building works to enable the public to witness biodiversity in the urban realm. It is intended to serve as an object lesson for “Eyes of the City” with salient green technologies. The aim is to make a spectacle which includes plant life, in designing for other species and in conveying images of new possibilities for urban regeneration. Our building program wants the citizens of NYC to visualize our failed relationship with nature, especially as it relates to habitat destruction. This project alone will not save the Monarch butterfly from extinction but it will crucially raise awareness about our much-loved insect residents.
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