About the Expanded Environment
*In July 2014 Animal Architecture was rebranded as The Expanded Environment. Some text and links through-out this site will still refer to Animal Architecture.
The Expanded Environment is a nonprofit organization devoted to demonstrating alternate ways of responsibly and synthetically integrating biological and ecological agents into the built world. Its goal is to assist governments, municipalities, provinces, organizations, businesses, and individuals to understand, appreciate and envision a more productive relationship between architectural and biological systems for a better and more sustainable world.
The mission of The Expanded Environment is deployed across three equal platforms: public discussion, education and design exploration. One of these platforms, the Expanded Environment Design Lab is the product of the collaborative design efforts of Ned Dodington, Christoph Ibele, and Jon LaRocca. Together they bring over 20 years of experience in architecture and project management with extensive research and publication into biologically inclusive design.
The Expanded Environment is eager to apply its skills and talents to assist with the artful, educational and sensitive integration of living systems into the built world. Projects might include:
Educational bio-inclusive internventions in public parks
Landscape architectural collaborations
Urban ecological interventions
Urban agricultural projects
Cross-species Art Installations
Site remediation strategies
Urban-Animal Public outreach programs
Ecological research projects
Sustainable architectural projects and developments