When Birds and Glass Collide

When Birds and Glass Collide

Each migration season, millions of birds die in cities by crashing into buildings. Now a growing trend toward sustainable design could open the door to safer passage.

By Julie Leibach
Published: November-December 2008

While public awareness is key, architects do play an important role as visionaries showcasing new designs. "You can be creative architecturally but still be bird-safe," says Kate Orff, a registered landscape architect at SCAPE, a New York-based firm, who directed the "Bird-Safe Building Guidelines" project. And while there are only a few architects speaking out about the problem, their collective voice will be a powerful one at this November's Greenbuild. At the conference, which is attended by 25,000 architects, builders, and engineers, Orff, along with Fowle, Brown, and Jeanne Gang of Studio Gang Architects in Chicago, will present a lecture on this aspect of building design. The group's submission was one of 96 selected from more than a thousand applications--an auspicious sign that birds stand a chance of riding the green design wave toward a safer future.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

For more information on birds collisions with glass, visit the the Acopian Center for Ornithology. For tips on preventing birds from flying into your home, go to Audubon Living.

This story originally ran in the November-December 2008 issue as "Pain in the Glass."

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Julie Leibach

Julie Leibach is managing editor of ScienceFriday.com and a former Audubon senior editor. Follow her on Twitter: @JulieLeibach

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Bird Friendly Glass

In Canada we have the same issues and some larger cities have codes requiring bird friendly glass for the first 12 meters of a building.

I co-represent Ornalux Glass and View (foremly Soladigm) in Eastern Canada both of which are bird friendly

Let me kniw if you require additional info.

Shawn Wessel
RSVP Agency Inc.
1-613-295-6136

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