Archinect - News 2015-03-31T11:44:03-04:00 Housing developments change puma behavior Nicholas Korody 2015-02-16T18:47:00-05:00 >2015-02-17T08:49:49-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Female pumas kill more prey but consume less when their territories bump into human development, UC Santa Cruz researchers report in a new study based on monitoring more than two dozen pumas in the Santa Cruz Mountains. The presence of humans -- homes, roads, and other development -- means pumas are fearful and stay on the move rather than returning to a kill site to fully consume prey, the study finds</p></em><br /><br /><p>The research utilized data from tracking devices that record not only a puma's movement but also increases in speed and other behavior that signifies hunting behavior. Looking at the actions of 30 animals, the scientists were able to discern, among other things, that, "Females killed 36 percent more deer per year in developed habitats than in areas with little housing."</p><p>According to the report, increased kill rates suggest that the pumas are wasting more energy than they would in an environment devoid of human habitations. This also affects the population of prey species, in particular deer.&nbsp;</p><p>Studies like this shed light on the complex interdependency of human and non-human species. Architecture is never an exclusively human activity and, more often than not, we dwell at the expense of other species. For more information on this topic, check out Architecture of the Anthropocene (<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">part 1</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">part 2</a>).</p> How Better Glass Can Save Hundreds of Millions of Birds a Year Alexander Walter 2014-11-18T13:58:00-05:00 >2014-11-20T17:47:34-05:00 <img src="" width="160" height="120" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In fact, as many as 600 million birds die in window collisions in the U.S. and Canada every year, scientists estimate. [...] A growing awareness of the threats to bird populations has prompted new laws and voluntary guidelines in cities from Toronto to San Francisco. Along with "green" building programs, these new rules are spurring demand for bird-friendly glass among architects, glass manufacturers, and their clients.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Winners of URBAN ANIMAL: 2012 Animal Architecture Awards Alexander Walter 2012-09-06T19:10:00-04:00 >2012-09-11T09:34:05-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Ned Dodington, founder of, today announced the winners of the 2012 Animal Architecture Awards. This year's competition, titled "URBAN ANIMAL", called for designs that reshape, expand and redefine the context of urban thought and space while keeping in mind the needs (and possible benefits) of synanthropic species &mdash; wild animals that &ldquo;live near, and benefit from, an association with humans and the somewhat artificial habitats that humans create around them&rdquo;.</p></em><br /><br /><p> See also: Bat Cloud, the top award winner, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">previously in the Archinect News</a>.</p> Making glass fly with birds Archinect 2011-10-31T16:35:55-04:00 >2011-10-31T16:36:09-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Retrofitting their home to eliminate feathered fatalities has worked for Brophy and Lutz. But a growing chorus of bird enthusiasts are advocating avian-friendly architecture at the design stage as the best prevention. It's a national movement that started in Chicago and has spread to other major cities, including the Twin Cities.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Animal Architecture Awards 2011 - The Winners Alexander Walter 2011-08-15T13:53:08-04:00 >2011-08-17T09:27:42-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The winning entries for the 2011 Animal Architecture Awards have just been announced. Now in its third year, the award contest "All Creatures Great &amp; Small" invited critical and unpublished essays and projects to address how architecture can mediate and encourage multiple new ways of species learning and benefiting from each other - or as the organizers call it, to illustrate cospecies coshaping.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>