Dubbed Asia's largest suburb, BF Homes in Parañaque City, Philippines, has been experiencing a three-year explosion in the population of street animals. Intact pets, sent out onto the streets due to their human owners' dire pandemic-induced economic conditions, quickly reproduce with the strays. Most offspring are malnourished, and do not survive to adulthood as they succumb to vehicular collisions, a toxic diet, and rampant contagious illnesses.
Urban wellbeing, averaged across human and non-human entities present, is very low. This is the city we have designed. What can we learn from lives like these? Who are the groups working voluntarily to alleviate non-human suffering here? What are the systemic challenges they face?
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April 2021 - present
designing for all
In the context of our more-than-human neighbours, what does inclusive design really mean? What larger ecosystemic roles do urban forests and other microhabitats play?
We investigate and experiment how we might design ecosystem-centric buildings and urban spaces that also create space for living creatures and non-living entities we share our urban areas with.
July 2020 - present