What’s up next for Next City’s Storefront for Urban Innovation? Opening on Friday, February 22, New Orleans-based Crookedworks Architecture|Design|Build brings us Toss, an exhibition of whimsical, lightweight, rapidly-deployable bird housing. Woven from strands of salvaged materials, these DIY units serve as habitat for mosquito-eating birds that provide critical ecological services to cities and towns threatened by malaria, dengue fever and other mosquito-borne illnesses. Crookedworks’ Carey Clouse and Zachary Lamb, both architects and educators, believe that the design community is uniquely positioned to provide ecological solutions to emergent environmental problems — and Toss units are just one example of a Crookedworks’ design intervention that addresses the hyper-local and global ecological communities simultaneously. Drawing from the urban American practice of throwing pairs of shoes over powerlines, the bird houses will be deployed like so at the conclusion of the Storefront installation.
Toss is free and open to the public. The exhibition will be on display at the Storefront for Urban Innovation from February 22 – April 5, 2013 during Storefront hours: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays.
Can’t make the opening reception? Don’t miss a unique opportunity to join this dynamic duo’s hands-on workshop on Saturday, February 23 at the Storefront. Register here.
The Storefront for Urban Innovation
2711 W. Girard Avenue