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Monarch Sanctuary

It was architect: Vivian Kuan and Mitchell Joachim and firm: Terreform ONE. It is dated 2018-ongoing. Its medium is partial building façade model, diagram, video. It is a part of the department.

The population of the beloved monarch butterfly has drastically depleted due to susceptibility to agricultural pesticides, temperature changes, and land development. Terreform ONE’s proposed 30,000-square-foot sanctuary is a vertical meadow behind a glass façade with highly regulated temperature and humidity. The model shows how the façade can provide a temporary habitat for wild monarchs.

It is credited Courtesy of Terreform ONE.

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This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Nature—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial.

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