The UNSW Sydney Urban Lab studio posited the question: Could city parklands be used to house endangered animal species? And, considering their rehabilitation needs, how would you create an environment suitable for incubation?
The students were asked to design research and veterinary labs for endangered species in restored patches of habitat within Sydney’s Centennial Parklands. They were encouraged to adopt a broader view of urban planning, and consider parkland areas as opportunities to accommodate new habitats.
Chris Kelly said that the challenge aims to find ways to dissolve centuries-old, people-centric conceptions of the world around us and how we design our environments.
“The ambition is to flip our collective perspective to think about the role of urban green space differently – elevating the importance of creating viable urban habitat and making room in our cities for wildlife to recover, and thrive once again,” Chris said.