Designs On— Birth

Wildlife is remarkably adept at adaptation. Whether creatures are winged or grounded, able to fly or inclined to scurry, they can survive (and often thrive) in seemingly inhospitable environments.

Humans of the all-too-common variety are less amenable to change, particularly when it comes to accommodating nature and other members of the animal kingdom.

This begs the question: how can people erect cities and suburbs that peaceably exist with “native” surroundings and “inhabitants”?

Nature/Nurture starts with a series of multitasking lampposts: dual-use devices designed to light roadways and house small local or migratory birds. The design provides people with better visibility and birds with shelter — shade by day and warmth by night. The streetlight also attracts bugs to supplement the bird’s diet. Yum.