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MArch Architecture (ARB/RIBA part II)

Silvia Miah

Bird's City

Birds and humans have always co-existed in urban environments, learning and utilising the skills of each other. Architects have always designed for them, consciously or unconsciously, through both abstract symbolic representation and through bird's eye view drawings. This project explores the different ways in which a bird's natural sensorium can be amplified and utilised in architecture to enhance human perception of space and the world. Ultimately the project asks: What is it like to be a bird in the contemporary city, and how can this animal sensoria benefit architectural design? The site is located in Cannon street where there is an abundance of water and space for pigeon farming, allowing bird murmurations to be visible from a multitude of angles.