Sanctuary of beasts
forensic ecology, power, and the coexistence of urban and migratory fauna
Design by Tommy Yang / Critics: Walter Meyer, Jennifer Bolstadt, & Hana Kassem
Study of Place
Driven by the rise of natural disasters and human beings longing to live by nature, the reclamation of habitable homes by the coasts have increased. As these gashes on the earth’s surface are appearing in New York City, the productivity of the rural landscape is shifting from living among nature to the permanent carving of the landscape – removing other habitats from the eco-system. Will the ridding of the natural systems and building walls higher allow the Far Rockaways to maintain itself as a community on the island?
The Sanctuary of Beasts is a proposal for re-thinking reclamation – stitching together habitats to create a network of productive landscapes that enable new forms of economy, ecology, education, and entertainment. By creating micro-habitats the design unites these new productive surfaces, linking New York City’s geological past to its geological present.