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david van as

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how can cross-species design traverse spatial fragmentation in the city of cape town built environment?

This dissertation recognizes the detrimental interactions between humans and wildlife in built environments. Known as human-wildlife conflict; this often negativistic interaction is directly related to the anthropocentric mindset that instills a divide between humans and wildlife and limits the sharing of lived space between animals and humans. This condition thus reduces the importance of animals in the creation of the architecture that comprises contemporary built environments.

This dissertation therefore explores ways in which animals can become active participants and users of architecture through interventions that not only facilitate existing animals to use the space, but also encourage new ways to occupy space. The design process aims to identify interventions that can be actively used by animal participants to increase recognition of the value that animal participants add to architectural projects.

Set at the historic Groote Schuur Zoo, the dissertation attempts to invert typical narratives that characterized the site through a wildlife rehabilitation centre that addresses human-wildlife conflict in the Cape Town context while being mindful of existing animal participants

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