Cohabitation by Design

We have profoundly transformed the planet and the composition of the atmosphere. To cope with the effects, animals are tracking preferred climates, but urban expansion is leaving no alternative for them than to navigate our inhospitable cities. Cohabitation by Design adds new layers of meaning to familiar objects and invites people to act with hospitality towards migratory animals passing through human-dominated areas with the purpose of changing our standard notion of “existing with” the environment. Focused on migratory songbirds, and their need to hydrate at stopovers, this project proposes the design of an interspecies rehydration table together with an interspecies pitcher to surface new, and perhaps surprising ethical and moral dimensions and bring attention to the ecological crisis within our everyday life.




Thesis Project 
MFA Transdisciplinary Design 
Presented at
Global Grad Show, Dubai, 2018
AIGA Fresh Grad, NY, 2018

Nominations
Home category, INDEX: Design to Improve Life® AWARD, Denmark
 
Publications
Designboom, “10 most fascinating graduate projects from dubai design week 2018”
Cohabitation by Design challenges the contemporary narrative of what interspecies relations and ‘existing with’ means, and brings a reconsideration of the importance of our actions to assess the magnitude of the global, social, and environmental catastrophe the world is facing, and does it by beginning with a one-to-one microinteraction between a bird and a human.

The hydratration table and pitcher are examples of how ordinary artifacts can become interspecies-centered when there functionalities are transform to consider other species as ontological equivalents to people. Designed to be easily assemble, and to be situated at an apartment window, the table serves as a bridge between the inside and the outside world; helps leverage daily activities like water consumption to increase the understanding of commonness and resembles among animals and humans; creates opportunities for acknowledgment and empathy and bridges the abysmal distance between the scale of the ecological crisis and our tiny umwelt.
Migration due to climate change is been treated by cities, in United States only 41% of the country’s natural lands have enough connectivity, in the eastern side less than 2%, alternative solutions need to be considered for species tracking preferred climates.

IMPACT


Generate new narratives focused on reconciliation to change the contemporary idea of what interspecies relations mean and bring a reconsideration of the importance of our actions to assess the magnitude of the global, social, and environmental catastrophe the world is facing. Cultivate environmental response-ability in the design field, and encourage the use of creativity to respond differently than with yet another anthropocentric proposition that continues emphasizing our exceptionalism.