The windCatcher™ faces the reality of encroaching desertification that has come along with global warming. The modular, expandable system incorporates a number of intermeshed passive systems, such as airflow direction, evaporative cooling, thermal massing, and selective vegetation that allows for habitation in increasingly harsh environments.
Rendering by Devin Keyes
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Blanco Library wins 2011 AIA Austin Studio Award
Blanco Library | Blanco, TX
Student Work | The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture
Professor Louise Harpman
You say goodbye, I say hello….
As seasoned architects to the birds, we at Specht Harpman have made the classic modern architecture maxim “bring the outside in” accessible to the bird phylum. With Barkitecture, your common tree-dwelling bird can unsuspectingly pass through a magical portal to go where no bird has gone before. Camouflaged on the outside as a bark-covered trunk, on the inside the camouflage is reversed, as mirrors give the bird the impression that they are outside again, in the company of hundreds of other birds!
**Disclaimer: it is highly recommended that Barkitecture not be placed in a location where birds may have access to psychedelic mushrooms (such as rainforests or near the Burning Man festival). We cannot be responsible for any hallucinogenic interactions the birds may experience.