30 Sep '12, 6pm

Artists Build a 'Shanty Town' for Evicted Urban Birds

Artists Build a 'Shanty Town' for Evicted Urban Birds

© Alfred Jansen + Martin Langhorst . A 'Spatzenfavela' by German artists Claudia Wegworth and Kalaman. Birds are resourceful creatures when it comes to finding places to nest or roost: In Portland, a migratory population of up to 14,000 swifts stops off every year in an old chimney at a local school. In Birmingham, the rare black redstart has happily colonized industrial sites abandoned by people. What doesn't always suit birds, though, is urban renewal -- even of the ostensibly environmentally friendly kind. Energy-Efficient Design Problematic For Birds The latest wave of energy-efficient construction and restoration in Europe has led to a "radical decline in bird and bat species that used to breed in holes and gaps in our buildings," says artist Claudia Wegworth, explaining that the smooth façades and seamlessly flush surfaces currently in favor are uninhabitable for bir...

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