From crumbling infrastructure to wildlife magnet

Habitat for Urban Wildlife, by Ifat Finkelman_Ofer Bilik Architects

At one time 100s of concrete water towers were constructed across Israel. Now, many have fallen into disrepair and remain unused. A recent design competition entitled Water Tower – New Perspectives called for submissions that offered up new visions for the water towers and their future. The winning entry, Habitat for Urban Wildlife, envisions the water towers as multi-layered, multi-functional spaces that attract everything from migratory bird species, to bats, to rainwater, which would collect on the roofs of the watertowers and be harvested for irrigation.

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Urban migrations of the four-legged variety

A fox spotted dining in an urban garden

There has been much ado of late about the number of humans who are moving in to urban areas and how that number is skyrocketing. At the same time, biologists are discovering an increasing number of animal species living in – or at least spending part of their time in – urban and suburban green spaces. In some cases, biologists are discovering more species diversity in urban parks than in wildlife areas far removed from the city. The trend should cause us to call into question notions of “nature” and “ecology” and how we and our city-building endeavors have begun to create new types of ecosystems and natural areas that contain their own type of said “nature” in them.

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