archithese Koexistenz
June 2021

Design for Farmed SpeciesDorothee Hahn, Jan Westerheide

In recent years, young architects in Switzerland have become increasingly aware of the relations between agriculture—in particular animal farming—and the global climate and biodiversity crises. Protest movements such as Fridays for Future or Klimastreik demonstrate the collective recognition that a major overhaul of agricultural practices is necessary. Numerous Volksinitiativen, for example the upcoming Pestizid-Initiative or the pending Massentierhaltungsinitiative are steps in the right direction. These changes address ethical questions about how we coexist with our farmed species. What role can architects play in designing agricultural territories and structures for farmed species?