For Our Neighbors
For architect Joyce Hwang, birds are stakeholders in the ways that humans design and shape the environment. Made from wood shingles, For Our Neighbors is inspired by the resilience of birds and the ways in which they thrive in urban environments—even when built structures are often hostile to them. “I am also inspired by the sense of joy that the presence of birds can bring,” Hwang says. “They signal the changing of seasons, new birth and life, music and song, optics and camouflage, and many other associations.”
Joyce Hwang (b. 1974, U.S.) is an associate professor and the director of graduate studies of architecture at the University at Buffalo, SUNY, and the founder of Ants of the Prairie, an office of architectural practice and research that focuses on confronting contemporary ecological conditions through creative means. She is a recipient of the Exhibit Columbus University Design Research Fellowship, the Architectural League Emerging Voices Award, the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, and the MacDowell Fellowship.
Mine Is Not Your Beauty
This recording from The Birdsong Project was selected to complement this birdhouse.