Urban Wildlife Habitats in Budapest, Hungary


Related people
Katalin Glasscock-Szabo (was created by)
Katherine Bennett (studio professor)
Date
Spring 2015
Description
This project explores the idea of creating wildlife habitat using vacant lots in the densely built inner city of Budapest, Hungary. I selected six species to study and focus on throughout the project, all of which are characteristic to the region. These animals – western honey bee, common blackbird, great tit, European robin, red squirrel and northern white-breasted hedgehog – are all currently present in the two nearby large parks, but are absent in the inner city. Humans and the urban environment, being a human dominated environment, are commonly seen as separate from nature. My project is critiquing this denaturalized view of the urban environment and aims to have a renaturalizing effect on the city. Therefore the intention of the project is to educate people about the idea that nature does not only exist outside of urban, human dominated environments. This project can be understood as an experiment in making pockets of nature in the city that is co-produced by humans and selected non-human others, thereby highlighting the fact that the urban environment is habitat for not only humans, but many other species.
Section/Discipline
Landscape Architecture
Degree
Masters
Style/Period
2010s (2010 - 2019)
Course
LARCH 7950
Academic Class
G3