Cities become a refuge to wildlife, often providing better conditions and niches than surrounding agricultural landscapes. Berlin has become the city of nightingales and is a home to about 30 000 species of plants and animals. The co-existence of people and wildlife needs rethinking as we share the same resources, spaces and services.
First explorations with dedicated tools such as a bio-substrate tagging tool for growing organic tags, and a sampler that manifests potential properties of different terrains and habitats.
Animals and plants can indicate the state of their natural habitat and act as “sensors” to inform us about our own urban locus. Organic antennas and a pump-actuated sampler could translate bio-chemical sensor data and photospectrometric analysis into information that can be used by local eco-awareness groups.
Dana Gordon and Jean-Baptiste Labrune