The Urban Habitat (UH) project is focused on creating dwellings for the aviary community and has successfully installed units in major metropolises from New York to Mexico City.
XAM came to New York via Chicago and Los Angeles and has been part of the active street art scene for many years. Drawing on his architectural training, XAM has created one of the most unique types of street art to truly integrate form and function. These structures are no ordinary “bird houses”; many of them are site-specific constructions that include solar panels for night lights and roof-top gardens to actively support plant life and encourage insect nesting. At times there are elements of humor interjected into the designs, such as mock satellite dishes and camouflage paint jobs.
The UH project is multifaceted in its ability to provide sustainable and reusable living structures for the indigenous flying residents of all metropolitan communities. When possible, most of the units are constructed of recycled and environmentally friendly materials. Additionally, most of the structures are site-specific and installed on predetermined “perches“ that are out of reach but in plain sight. We propose to mark each installation site with a QR code that can be scanned with a smartphone for detailed information about the corresponding structure and the birds for which it is designed. This “treasure hunt” concludes at Dorian Grey Gallery where an installation of other UH dwellings will be on display.
The Urban Habitat Project was made possible by the generous support of ECOR, a leader in eco friendly building materials.