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By Stavros Stavrides

How frequently can we think of the provision of shared, public area in our day-by-day lives? Governmental efforts in place—such as anti-homeless spikes, slanted bus benches, and timed sprinklers—are all designed to deter use of already critically restricted public parts. How we engage with area in a latest context, really in city settings, can consider more and more ruled and blocked off from universal daily encounters.
With Common Space, activist and architect Stavros Stavrides demands a reconceiving of private and non-private area within the glossy age. Stavrides appeals for a brand new realizing of universal house not just as whatever that may be ruled and open to all, yet as an important point of our global that expresses, encourages, and exemplifies new varieties of social kinfolk and shared stories. He exhibits how those areas are created, via a desirable international exam of social housing, self-built city settlements, road peddlers, and public paintings and graffiti.

The first publication to explicitly take on the suggestion of town as commons, Common Space, bargains an insightful research into the hyperlinks among house and social kinfolk, revealing the hidden emancipatory power inside our city worlds.

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Gray wolves and peregrine falcons reside in its Northlands exhibit alongside Alaskan hardwoods such as black spruce, lowbush blueberry, and paper birch. Handy nameplates help visitors identify the different botanical species growing in each enclosure by the shape of their leaves, needles, and flowers. Meanwhile, the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum in Tucson Where the Wild Things Aren’t • 25 takes this a step further by exhibiting only local plants, animals, minerals, and fossils indigenous to the Sonoran Desert region of the Southwest.

That sounds logical until you stop to think that “nature” in a zoo is nothing like nature in the real world. Real nature means predators or prey, disease, hunger, and danger. “Zoo nature” doesn’t have any of those things except disease, and a sick zoo animal gets immediate attention from a veterinarian. The result is that some zoos have spent a lot of money building fancy enclosures that appear natural to people, but are just as boring and painful for the animals as a barren concrete cage. I remember one tiger exhibit that looked really pretty with lots of rocks molded from concrete.

For example, zoos often struggle with the question of how much information about animal mating habits and their sexual practices ought to be explained to small children and preteens. Of course, when zoo animals copulate or simulate intercourse in public view, there is often little that can be done to stop them in flagrante delicto, regardless of who may be watching. Indeed, sometimes nature simply calls, just like when goats or sheep urinate on unlucky children or their parents during visits to petting barnyards in family-oriented zoo areas.

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