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July 1, 2022

Architect Joyce Hwang looks to other species for design lessons. "Animals are incredibly smart because they are survivors," she says. Hwang's work at University of Buffalo is at the forefront of a movement to design structures for nonhuman species. She studies the ways that wildlife–birds, bees, and bats–find shelter in the built environment. "They’re not extracting resources. They’re able to work with what they have. We look at the way the animals have survived for ages and ages without causing environmental crises."

Built Ecologies: Architecture and Environment is a video series from MoMA’s Emilio Ambasz Institute for the Joint Study of the Built and the Natural Environment that features prominent architects and thinkers doing innovative work across environmental topics. In each episode, these figures are invited to define the terms “architecture” and “environment,” producing a through-line between videos that otherwise capture a wide variety of practices and backgrounds.

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