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Animal Cities: Post-Human Urban Wildness

By Jing Huang

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This thesis contends that architecture should be designed in a way to foster closer human-animal relationships. Cities are typically designed solely with the human in mind, and over time, animals have been pushed out of the city, decreasing biodiversity. Peoples’ tendency is to separate themselves and domesticate animals, resulting in sterile and tame urban centers. This is a result of the different attitudes humans have cultivated towards animals; dirty/clean, pleasant/annoying, useful/useless, harmless/dangerous, awe/disgust, etc., and utilizing architecture as means of filtering the presence of those that are beneficial to us, rendering animals as an afterthought. In a way, humans have utilized architecture to isolate themselves from a larger natural system.    


Marcy Wilhelm-South

Purdue University

Pages 114
Degree Bachelor's
University Syracuse University
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  • Jing Huang (2018), "Animal Cities: Post-Human Urban Wildness,"

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  1. Animals in culture
  2. Architecture
  3. Cities and towns
  4. Danger
  5. Domestication
  6. open access
  7. urban areas
  1. open access