supersmall: 'cultivating wildness' project for vancouver 2030
supersmall: 'cultivating wildness' project for vancouver 2030 supersmall: 'cultivating wildness' project for vancouver 2030
may 12, 2009

supersmall: 'cultivating wildness' project for vancouver 2030

‘cultivating wildness’ – a conceptual sketch by supersmall image courtesy supersmall

supersmall’s proposal for the vancouver 2030 challenge competition aims to change the view that we somehow stand outside, or apart from, nature.

their project imagines infrastructure as eco connectors throughout the city. the program requirements included an animal rehabilitation center. this eco-connector understands that the rehabilitation of the individual organism is synonymous with a healthy system. just as a brain createsmore connections as it learns, we hope the city will do the same as it grows by reconnecting and strengthening our urban ecology -animals, plants and humans- symbiotically.

structure planimage courtesy supersmall

site planimage courtesy supersmall

site planimage courtesy supersmall

‘adult overnight adventure’image courtesy supersmall

the adult overnight adventure is a hotel pod on the underside of the bridge structure. the pod is accessible from the animal path. the children are overnighting topside at the apex of the bridge.

‘animal triage’image courtesy supersmall

the bird rehabilitation flight path is at right angles to the rest of the bridge trajectory. the corner allows for birds to practice strengthening both wings by turning mid flight. when they are finally strong enough to fly to the end they may be released out of the aviary.

‘bat habitat’image courtesy supersmall

fruit bats are forest gardeners, carrying fruit seeds far and wide, sowing the forest of the future in their droppings. bats carry pollen from tree to tree as they feed on nectar, pollen and flowers. about seventy percent of the world’s fruit trees are pollinated by bats, including bananas, peaches mangoes, dates, figs, avocados, cloves and cashews. there are about a thousand species of bats in the world, and almost half of those are considered threatened or near-threatened.

‘bat habitat’image courtesy supersmall

‘animal triage’image courtesy supersmall

‘animal triage’image courtesy supersmall

‘seed bank’image courtesy supersmall

the seed bank storage is located underneath the main public area because seeds require a highly controlled (cool, dark and dry) environment. they are organized in small drawers so they may be easily managed. this is the vault where the genetic diversity of vancouver’s flora is ensured for future generations.

  • I heart dung.

    I'm batman says:
  • Bat guano, who knew? This thing kicks ass, whatever it is! Sort of a bird & bat sanctuary hotel up on massive concrete stilts. So, it’s sort of a walking path for squirrels over the river, AND a hospital for birds that got hit by cars? Children topside? I hope there is a fence! Hey, will the seals really come up to greet me in my boat, or do I have to chum the water first?

    I'm actually Michael Keaton says:

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