The current social dynamic between birds and human is one of exploitation. The birds are either isolated in rural spaces or be subjugated in urban areas. With the dynamic spatial shift due to the COVID 19, humans have reduced their activities in urban cities. This phenomenon is shown in the Liverpool coastal regions where various birds are moving into the mainland. Furthermore, the variety of office and commercial high-rise buildings are left vacant. With a vacuum in the urban area, we see wildlife conquer back the urban area, which leads us to rethink the hierarchy between wildlife and humans.
This thesis focuses on developing an embassy framework that redefines the wildlife bird and human relationship. To accomplish this, the thesis, as such, is split into two phases, rural habitation research and urban integration. The phrase one will develop an understanding of the current natural habitation of Liverpool regional birds and their environmental and physical preference. Furthermore, we have also looked at the minimum disturbance distance for the bird to cohabit with humans. This disturbance distance research aims to remove the exploitive aspect of human and bird interaction by preserving the natural ecosystem’s integrity. This datum of habitation and bird lifestyle is collected through on-site research and literature-based analysis from online sources. Using this data, we have constructed an array of small-scale building infrastructure that is ideal for birds to inhabit and identified spatial disturbance distance for the human and bird’s comfort.
In phase two, we use the small-scale building infrastructure prototype to develop urban infrastructure in a near-vacant high-rise building, the West Tower in the Liverpool Coast. The redevelopment of the West tower focuses on five critical spatial areas based on the bird’s daily activities. A series of cohabitation spaces are developed through these activities. These spaces function as the embassy for the human and the birds. By connecting the two species through their respective activities, these embassy spaces provide a new interactive dynamic between the avian and human without damaging or confining the avian’s ecosystem. The program and building form is designed through various experiments and testing with physical and digital modeling and sketches.
As a result, this thesis produced a skyscraper design incorporating a series of cohabitation that functions as an embassy and a framework for future possible interactive embassy space where bird and human interaction is not exploitive but with respect and equality. The West Tower’s redesign has fully embraced this concept and provides a possible new outlook of wildlife cohabitation building in modern urban society.
Dr Rosa Urbano Gutierrez
All the workshop staffs who helped us throughout this project and during our time at the University of Liverpool