Anyone will tell you that I love cows.
Architecturally speaking, they can provide a critical insight into the workings of things. The natural way of things. A precise system of symbiotic systems, working together to provided continued life.
They are also culturally stable. Living and syncing together, don’t they just have great lives. Vulnerable to the harsh realities of nature, but bound together in their own communities; they sleep together, eat together, get milked together. They huddle in pacts to protect their young.
Like our built environment they required energy, produce heat, recycle waste. They are a mechanisms of growth and efficient in their function.
I guess this is true for most livestock really.
Literally speaking many world’s sustainable issues can be solved with livestock. Think urban farm, rural settlements, the olden days; livestock only offer a long term sustainable means for energy reduction, increased recycling, long term food supply. They can be a source for milk, for meat; their poo a source of nutrition for our land, their gases a source for energy production. But more figuratively speaking we can look to cows and their livestock counterparts as a way to better understand our tie to nature. We are but a cog in the works of the vast complex systems which continue to fuel our environment. Livestock are simply a sub system contributing to this array of mechanisms. They give us a sense of context to the world, an insight into how we fit into nature. Perhaps it’s about time we begin to think about this more when designing our building, our streets, our cities, our communities.
But really, they’re just really cool. Don’t they just make you happy?
(This article is written off the back of developing an urban farm supermarket as part of my third year studies. I’d like to thank Gaby Martino for the inspiration for this great title)