Urchins in the Infrastructure

Building with Hedgehogs in the Multispecies City

Authored by: Laura McLauchlan

The Routledge Companion to Critical Approaches to Contemporary Architecture

Print publication date:  August  2019
Online publication date:  August  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138917569
eBook ISBN: 9781315688947
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As cities around the globe continue to expand, human-designed habitats are providing both unintentional and planned homes for a growing number of displaced critters. Looking particularly at hedgehogs (Erinaceus europaeus) dwelling in the urban United Kingdom, this chapter examines some of the multispecies challenges facing contemporary urban architecture. While negotiations of value and capital loom large in human attempts to make space for select others within cities, umwelt slippages between humans and their intended (and unintended) neighbors raise fundamental questions about how to build well for other species. Such limits ask for multispecies collaborations and radical new humilities of building.

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