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Homes for Mythical Creatures

The myth of our separation from animals is compounded by stables and leashes, cages and zoos. Our view of animal life is centered on human needs. How could it not be? Our job is too rethink a positive interaction with animal life. We control animals by making them mythical creatures, objectified- the horse and cow, the griffin and centaur, the baby gorilla. The dodo is still with us, we shoot him everyday. As the species that has the power to drive mass extinction, we must realize our responsibility to live with and foster life. We must embrace our stewardship of animals and understand how they are used, vilified, celebrated and mythologized. We can make space for animals in the city, edges of our urban environments and infrastructure. Architecture has the means to empower, through relatively simple measures to reconnect with animal species.