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PARTICIPANT

URBANEST

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Urban nest to reincorporate and foster tawny owls in danger of extinction into urban spaces.

Challenge 
Innovative bird house that can be set into urban locations.

Constraints 
Sustainability
Easy cleaning
packaging design


Tools
Desk research 
Material exploration
Woodworking
CAD modeling
Diecut design


Main Takeaways 
1. Nature should be incorporated into cities with more frequency.
2. Biophilia is key.
3. 
Intensive material exploration should be done in every design process.
4. User manual design requires a lot of time and detail.

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An Urban Bird Home

This design seeks to change human’s relationship with wildlife. Attempts to build a bridge between nature and man naturalizing their coexistence by including nature directly into our urbanizations. An URBAN nest that resembles a concrete brick with a design where the animal is taken into account since the beginning of building constructions, during their development and at their time of completion.

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It proposes trouble-free building mechanisms for the consumer with varying installation possibilities. The bird home has two ways of being fixed, one would be recessed in the wall previously specified in the construction plans and the other hanging on a wall that already exists.

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Its structure consists on a base with a rotating overhang roof, sliding visor, drainage holes, sliding door, and a seasonal cleaning extraction tray. Both the visor and the door work with a system of sliding hinges that allow the opening and closing of the nest. Overall, the design focuses on achieving a beneficial outcome for both the animal and the purchaser. 

The material used is VIROC, composed of 65% concrete and 25% wood, but its treatment and behavior is very similar to that of wood and can be handled as such.

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Coexistence of urban-nature is the new black.