Avian Breeding Centre: Signal Hill, Happy Valley Conservancy, Bloemfontein
Van Blerk, Dawid Hendrik
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Abstract not availableThe proposed project is an Avian Breeding Centre that specializes in the successful breeding and rehabilitation of smaller raptors such as falcons, kestrels, hawks, buzzards, and owls. The location for the project is on Signal Hill in the Happy Valley Conservancy, Bloemfontein. This project was born from three personal regions of care and interest: the primary root that it stems from is a deep love for all wildlife. I grew up in a family of “birders,” so it was inevitable that my love for wild animals in their natural habitat would spread towards these avian predators. Secondly, in my years of studying at the University of the Free State, I have developed an interest and care for the city of Bloemfontein. This influenced my site selection since I wanted to feel like my work is an investment into the place. Lastly is my interest in the relationship that exists between the natural environment and the architectural result of human dwelling. The edge that exists between the urban and the natural is often a liminal space, or the two entities are in tension with one another. The Happy Valley Conservancy embodies this notion as a green pocket of land that is encapsulated by urban and suburban developments. These personal regions of care form the catalyst for this thesis. The aim of this document is to convey something of this care to the reader so that they too, might experience the essence of the natural site that is embodied within the architecture.