Animal Estates London HQ: Urban Wildlife Client Services is a temporary headquarters for activists, architects, artists, city-dwellers, designers, engineers, homeowners and planners to research, discuss, plan, develop and present initiatives to accommodate native London 'animal clients'.
Devised by American artist Fritz Haeg, this is the eighth in a series of Animal Estates projects and the first to be held in London. Initiatives for the London project may range from simple wood nest-boxes that any local resident could construct and install at home, to broad master planning for urban wildlife corridors throughout the city.
Using salvaged and recycled materials, Animal Estates London HQ features a front reception desk staffed by a full time director, an open area for the evolving display of estate prototypes, work stations about selected native London species, a resource library and a conference area for presentations and meetings and events.
"Bees in the City: biodiversity and the built environment"
Public discussion - 16 January 2012, 6.30pm - 8.00pm, Phase 2:
Moderated by beekeeper Chris Deaves, this discussion brings together a range of perspectives from architect Ian Ritchie, architect Murray Kerr, designer Amy Pliszka and engineer Paul Johnson, in relation to issues and practices of human/bee cohabitation in London.
Issues addressed will include the practicalities of keeping bees in the city, as well as the social, aesthetic, ecological and economic benefits of living with bees in urban areas.
This event will act as the closing event for Animal Estates London HQ: Urban Wildlife Client Services, a project by Fritz Haeg curated by Jennifer Greitschus, which has been hosted by Arup Phase 2 for the past four months.
The event will also mark the launch of two new works produced in association with Animal Estates London HQ: a ‘City Bee-House’ by Murray Kerr, displayed within the Animal Estates space; and a ‘London Honey Map’ poster for Animal Estates by Åbäke.
The event is FREE but booking is essential. To book a place, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dates and admission
Animal Estates London HQ: Urban Wildlife Client Services is based from 13 October 2011 – 20 January 2012 at Phase 2. Open Monday - Friday, 9.00am - 6.00pm. Admission is free.