Elizabeth Rose

Location

Joined

July, 2018

Elizabeth Rose's projects

Recent Activity

Supported a comment by Heidi Ware Carlisle on Main Library Campus 2 years, 4 months ago
Heidi Ware Carlisle
I would like to see the city work with the Idaho Bird Conservation Partnership to create a bird safe design. Some kind of art feature or installation on windows that would create a bird-safe glass (mural, fritting, other texture added). I'd like designers to ensure there are no fruiting trees or shrubs (that will attract birds) located next to dangerous glass surfaces. Unless this building has bird-safe glass and other bird-safe designs incorporated, it will be a major danger to birds (as we have seen and documented with the University Plaza building--glass next to the river=hundreds of dead birds annually). Along with bird-safe glass (or other changes in design to eliminate glass risk), I'd like to see a design that reduces reflections of vegetation on windows (deadly to birds), and a design that eliminates "through way" views (areas where flying birds can see through one layer of glass into sky or open space on the other side). Also, birds will be attracted to any vegetation incorporated into the design. For any rooftop green spaces, I would want to make sure they were designed in a way that did not have dangerous glass elements, or overhangs or corners where birds could become trapped after being attracted to the trees and vegetation. The current library building with its relatively small windows already has a problem with birds hitting the glass. Adding more glass will only make this more dangerous for birds if plans are not put in place to stop it.
Supported a comment by Heidi Ware Carlisle on Main Library Campus 2 years, 4 months ago
Heidi Ware Carlisle
Hard to say at this stage. If the plans include native plants that would mesh well with nearby native vegetation, it would be great! You can plant trees that have the appearance of meshing with nearby native habitat, but if the wrong species are chosen it won't benefit wildlife. I think by working with the Idaho Bird Conservation Partnership the designers could ensure that this urban place benefits wildlife as well as people. Time spent in nature is great for mental health, learning disorders, and well being. Research has shown that bird song and other biodiversity indicators are directly correlated with these benefits. I would like to see this promoted in the design. If the plans include bird-safe glass and other nature-friendly designs this building would be a showcase for our entire community of the right way for architecture and nature to coexist.
Followed Main Library Campus 2 years, 4 months ago
Commented on Main Library Campus 2 years, 4 months ago
I am excited about this project, and I love the multi-story design that better connects the library and Greenbelt. However, I am very concerned about the whether the design will be safe for birds. The images we see here, combined with a proposal for a green roof, are particularly threatening to birds who will be even more likely to strike windows when they are enticed upward by the green roof. I don't feel that the building would be truly environmentally sustainable with such a negative impact on birds in the adjacent wildlife corridor.