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Designing the Butterfly-Friendly City - NBWW | Nichols Brosch Wurst Wolfe
With the population of the distinctive species in decline, cities around the U.S. are trying to add monarch-friendly spaces. Allison C. Meier One of the exhibits on view at the Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial, which just opened at the Smithsonian’s design museum in New York, is a full-scale section of an architectural facade. For butterflies.Designed by the Brooklyn-based architecture and design research group Terreform One, this is a piece of a larger Monarch Sanctuary, representing a “vertical meadow” that could envelope a building. “It has a double-skin system, where the central inner space is a sanctuary to allow monarchs to procreate and re-wild local surroundings,” said Mitchell Joachim, director and co-founder of Terreform One. This cavity contains milkweed vines and flowering plants to feed the butterflies at all stages of their life cycle. A special mortar mixture forms the lattice-like design of the habitat, which includes alternative materials to replace some of the Portland cement for a smaller carbon footprint. In June, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is expected to make a decision on whether the monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) will be protected under the Endangered Species Act. Over recent years, the butterflies, distinctive for their black-and-orange wings patterned as precisely as stained glass, have decreased in number. In 2018, the National Wildlife Federation reported a nearly 15 percent decrease of eastern monarchs overwintering in Mexico from the previous year, while the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, a nonprofit which organizes annual counts, estimated a 97 percent decline of western monarchs overwintering in California compared to the 1980s. Read on HERE >>> Source: CityLab Designing the Butterfly-Friendly City