In England's industrial center of Leeds, populations of bats, birds, and butterflies have been declining as urban areas expand into wild habitats....
In England's industrial center of Leeds, populations of bats, birds, and butterflies have been declining as urban areas expand into wild habitats. In the hopes of bringing animal populations back, a city-backed business council held a design competition for animal-friendly urban structures. The winner was 26-year old Neil Oxlee, who designed 40-foot towers that could function as urban high-rises for animals.Oxlee hopes that his towers could "provide a habitat for bats, birds, butterflies, insects and even foxes" although, as he says "I'm not an animal expert, if it goes further we'd need to get a wildlife expert on board... to see exactly which ones eat the other ones."Indeed. But even if it's hard to get foxes and sparrows living harmoniously in the same tower (and I suspect it would be), I could imagine some version of this idea working well for birds and insects, especially in dense urban spaces where actual trees are few and far between.Via Archinect.