SECOND NATURE 
LOOKING THROUGH THE LENS OF A DESIGNER TO ENRICH FAUNAL HABITAT IN URBAN AREAS
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Fauna species have very efficient natural habitats (in wild). Such ecosystems are balanced and self-sustainable. But recent studies have proved that the rate at which these species are losing their habitats is very fast. Hence, there is an immediate need to provide suitable “Second Nature”/habitats. Today, fundamental needs of fauna, in their physical, social, and psychological life in the wild, is gaining recognition.
In urban areas, Zoos and Parks have become potential places where one can trace patterns of movements and shelter building of their species. But many times, the way these places are designed gives a very superficial outlook of animal life. Most of the fauna species found in zoological parks in India, are placed in inadequate spaces with very less or no vegetation and hence visitors cannot see their inherent behaviors. In case of parks, at times there is no suitable vegetation which will help them make their shelter, or get their food, etc. Seeing animals and birds behave in their most natural ways, educates visitors about their naturalists habitats (although designed), and this in turn leads to conservation of natural ecosystem and habitats. This design approach will make a considerable change not just in achieving the desired goal but also in beginning a new journey. This course will focus upon two aspects: Understanding how fauna species behave in wild, their natural habitats, shelters, movements, feeding and breeding habits, etc. and later giving practical design solutions to provide sustainable and suitable habitats for chosen species in urban areas. During the program, we shall invite experts from concerned fields for their valuable guidance.
Expenses for Students: Material Cost: Rs 1000/, Local Travel: Rs 1500/- as mentioned in expenses.

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