Ecophilia – Love of Nature – is a collection of habitats for other-than-human users: birds, animals, insects and plants. The project takes its inspiration from Autoprogettazione, a famous 1974 concept by Italian designer Enzo Mari. As in Mari’s project, the drawings for making the objects are provided to the public for their DIY realization. The project material is limited to one-inch-thick pine boards of varied width and length. Only two simple machines – a miter saw and nail gun – are needed for the pieces, and no carpentry skills are required.
Ecophilia is not a speculative exercise. Animal habitats are based on substantial research and many types are already available online and in retail stores. There is, however, a need for a visually coherent design system; one that is economical, simple to make, and environmentally sound. Untreated pine objects will age gracefully, and will disintegrate without a trace when their time will come.
Ecophilia book with detailed drawings, images, and essays is available from the publisher at email@example.com