Winged Migration

Bird Migration is one of the most fascinating aspects of the avian world. Twice a year, billions of birds migrate vast distances across the mediterranean. From Europe to Africa, the birds’ journey across transcending landscapes. Along their flyways, many of the migratory species are in decline, assailed by multiple threats, while the climate change alters their natural sense of navigation and time control.

An organised flight network is introduced for the migration by the construction of bird airports on important spots along their flyways, with each individual airport as a service station for migratory birds. The whole flight system is a network of interconnected installations protecting migratory birds and interchanging information of site environmental conditions through digital monitoring instruments.

Airport I: The nature as a grand park

The landscape fulfills needs for different migratory birds and there is large area free to hover around. Research centre and observatory are combined.

Airport II: The sea as a jumping spot

Overlap of migration flyway with shipping routes in the Mediterranean shows a intersection point between bird and human.

Airport III: The desert as a fire escape

By creating artificial oasis spots along their flyway, the flock gains a little supply to support their last part of journey before reaching their winter destination.

Airport IV: The city as convenient store

The airports form floating clouds above the city, with bird resting area on top, and collect droppings from the flock.

Macro to Micro

integration of different systems

an airport layout

interconnected monitoring installations in a typical bird airport

From Cloud

a bird watcher's note 1: :approaching an airport

The Terminal

a bird watcher's note 2: the logic of nature

Mediterranean Cruise

a bird watcher's note 3: birds lifting up by the rising hot air from the deck panels

Bird Migration Imitation

A processing imitation of bird flock migration movements from Europe to Africa. While they are far from the protected bird areas, the number of bird flocks declines.