Pigeon architecture

I was walking across the Hungerford Bridge in London recently watching the pigeons roosting on different parts of the structure. I love the way these birds are so adaptable, and fit into the strangest parts of the urban environment. Really, this needs celebrating. Pigeons tend to get a bad rap, with their perching discouraged through the use of various spikey devices and netting. It seems a bit unfair to discourage theirĀ  , particularly as we bemoan the loss of more natural habitats.

Anyway, I thought of proposing a London-wide art project in which we built structures and habitats that pigeons might actually enjoy. I knocked together a few sketches to give some idea, although I imagine the final environments might be far more architectural and fantastical.

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BTW, I was inspired to post this after looking at this great site showing the winners of a competition to design new habitats for bats. Some really nice work.

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2 thoughts on “Pigeon architecture”

  1. Hey, thanks for all the wonderful great posts there. You really showed me some new things. I didn’t know architects out there are building things to accomodate the needs of animals either. When we talk about conserving the world and talk of not imposing nosie pollution and water pollution to animals, we seldom think about what our buildings blocks of concrete would do to the animals. To think we can amend the designs and situate both human and other animals to the same building seems really wicked.

  2. I got a book that’s a life story about a rare fox written by a doctor in an animal care centre. The book included stories of how the fox got a partner, a family, sick and so on, based on the doctor’s real life observation. We need to get closer to animals and keep in mind we’re not the only living thing on the planet-there are other animals too, and their lives should be valued alike.

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