Human architecture vs. Animal architecture

1. Introducing area of interest : Animal burrow

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2. On site issue: Animal burrows destroying house structure.

  • Why animals burrow under houses?
    Burrowing animals use the presence of strong structure such as houses or trees to provide more secure cover and protect against predators.



3. Ambition:
-Reintroduce the environment by relocating the animals into a new area with decoy houses that serve as their protection cover.
-Create opportunities for human to enter underground as a way to discover new spaces in Dungeness.



4. Sub-plan: To discuss ways to challenge the strict planning policies of Dungeness.

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5. Understanding how burrowing animals build their burrows. (Study subject: rabbits)
Locomotion: Burrows are the product of animal movement. The human underground space could be a space dictated by movement.

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6. Understanding the functions of different chambers in rabbit burrows.



7. Applying human as the user of the animal-burrow-inspired underground structure.



8. Technology: To propose gelatine as the substrate to solidify shingles as the replicate of animal’s saliva.

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9. To conclude the project as a way to understand space from animal perspective.

This idea is inspired by ‘The Gulliver’s Travel’ where human is seen as the odd one in a context and is forced to adapt the way the dominant species lives.


To do list:

  • To create a timeline of ‘relocating the animals’ and ‘constructing human underground’.
  • To illustrate the concept of human architecture vs. animal architecture.
    -Human architecture: Decoy houses for animals
    -Animal architecture: Burrows for human
  • Currently redrawing human underground structure as the existing house downward extension.
    (The house perimeter would be protected by gelatine as a way to protect the houses from burrowing animals. )
  • To list down the hierarchy of space based on the human basic needs and discover the opportunities of space.

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