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Brick Biotope at FABRIKAAT: Bricks That Double as Bird Habitats Showcased in Milan
Posted By Radhika Sawhney On April 27, 2012 @ 9:51 am In Animals,biomimicry,Conservation,Design,Environment,Features,Landscape Architecture,Milan Furniture Fair,Vertical Garden | No Comments
Compelled by the disappearance of house sparrows due to the depletion of their natural environment, students Micaela Nardella and Oana Tudose designed Brick Biotope , a set of bricks that doubles as a habitat for birds. Shown at FABRIKAAT , a Dutch exhibition showcased in the Ventura Lambrate District  for Milan Design Week , the project also does triple duty as a vertical garden.
The bricks, following the natural pattern of house sparrows, are sand-casted with cracks in them so that the birds can build nests, feed and live in those cracks. These bricks are merged into the standard brick wall, and can be a part of the building. With immense research into the material and the production process, Brick Biotope uses natural materials such as sand and plaster. The sand, acting as a moulding agent, is poured together with plaster and removed by hand after solidification, giving it the desired cracks.
Brick Biotope  incorporates the four necessary factors for a living environment to become a wild animal’s habitat: space, food, shelter and water accessibility. Micaela Nardella and Oana Tudose are students of the Master of Interior Architecture and Retail Design program at the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam .
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 Image: http://inhabitat.com/brick-biotope-at-fabrikaat-bricks-that-double-as-bird-habitats-showcased-in-milan/fabrikaat-1/
 Brick Biotope: http://extra.wdka.nl/fabrikaat/team-1-moulding/
 FABRIKAAT: http://extra.wdka.nl/fabrikaat/about/
 Ventura Lambrate District: http://inhabitat.com/the-best-green-designs-in-ventura-lambrate-at-the-milan-furniture-fair/
 Milan Design Week: http://www.inhabitat.com/milan-furniture-fair
 Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam: http://pzwart.wdka.nl/home/
 + FABRIKAAT: http://extra.wdka.nl/fabrikaat/
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