|Beaver architecture - artwork by Jan Sovaki|
The birds, of course, are the nest-builders par excellence, from little round, mud swallow's nests to giant flat eagle's aeries. One of the most handsome and amazing sort of nest are those woven by the weaver birds. For instance, in southest asia the Baya weaver's hanging woven nests, which are can be individual or in large colonies, are suspended often from thorny palm or acacias to make them inaccessible to predators. Southern Africa's sociable weaver builds huge, communal, multigenerational complexes. My favorite is the bowerbird; the males build bowers to attract the females and decorate them with coloured objects they find or pilfer. I was introduced to the bowerbird by David Attenborough's wonderful description.
|Baya weaver photo by Ramnath Bhat|
|Sociable weaver nest photo by Linda De Volder|
|Vogelkop gardener bowerbird bower, photographed by Ingo Arndt for his recent book 'Animal Architecture', with text by Jürgen Tautz|
|Porky Hefer and one of his nest woven with kubu cane (via the NYT)|
|You can get Porky Hefer's firm Animal Farm |
to build you an extention on your home!
(image © Animal Farm)
|Jason Fann builds nests for people as extensions on homes, and even the Treebones Resort, where you can spend a night one of his nests.|
Philip Dougherty makes sculptural works directly from living trees. They allude to nests and other examples of animal architecture, as well as human activities like basketmaking. He too weaves branches and twigs together.
|Philip Dougherty works directly with living trees to make works of architectural sculpture (via webecoist)|
|The Great Swallow by Benjamin Verdonck|