Following on from the success of the Beagle House, a doghouse designed by MVRDV for Japanese Art-Director Kenya Hara's 'Architecture for Dogs' project, MVRDV has designed a brick birdhouse, entitled Bird Factory as part of the Migrant Garden project and exhibition.
Migrant Garden is a world travelling exhibition consisting of 40 bird nests, designed by 40 selected architects and designers from across the world. The project aims to promote and architectural culture attentive to issues of the environment, the landscape and the protection of cultural heritage. It wants to stimulate a dialogue within the disciplines of architecture and design through an exhibition of 40 manifestos of selected firms, a debate that should start in academic places, promoting a mutual exchange of ideas between students and designers.
The island of De Pinedo is a river island on the river Po in the Municipality of Caorso. It is part of the natural Oasi de Pinedo, a wildlife area, which includes, in addition to the island, a large area of scrub along the river, where many rare species of migrant birds come to nest. Following several invasive procedures such as the removal of vegetation, deforestation and intensive agriculture shares, the habitat of these rare species has been put at risk by forcing some birds to migrate to other (urban) places. Migrant Garden comes from thinking about the condition of these animals, and aims to give space and visibility to that situation.
Date: 15:00, June 19th, 2015
Location: Caserma Della Neve, Via Scalibrini 76, Piacenza.
Politecnico di Milano, Italy