Animalesque investigates and stimulates new ways of co-existence of animals and humans in the urban space.
Animalesque was initiated by architects Ana Zatezalo Schenk and Jorge Godoy Roman as part of the Architectural Association Visiting School in 2018. Together with Sjoerd Krijnen, Erika Mayr and Florentin Steininger they now form the dynamic core of Animalesque. To comprehend the enormous diversity and richness of the Animal Kingdom Animalesque requires the gathering of a wide range of experts: architects, ecologists, philosophers, bee keepers, politicians, musicians, ornithologists, urban planners and activists, among others.
Ana Zatezalo Schenk is the founder of Sinestezia, a high-energy studio that creates nature- conscious concept and design architecture and interiors. Schenk's focus is to imagine how architecture and technology might disrupt the idea of sustainability. Schenk has held teaching and research positions at Columbia University NYC (2001), Architecture University Belgrade (2006), TU Braunschweig (2013-18) and TU Berlin (2018).
Jorge Godoy is a founding partner of GUN Architects. He has been a guest instructor and researcher at the Architectural Association in London, TU Berlin, London Metropolitan University, Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (Iaac), Centro de estudios Urbanos Torcuato di Tella in Buenos Aires and Universidad Técnica Federico Santa Maria in Chile. Previously Godoy was the director of CHORA Research in London. Since 2015 he is designing and building a large-scale project of Rural Urbanism in the north of Chile.
Sjoerd Krijnen is a Dutch architect and teacher with experience in the Netherlands and India. In the Netherlands he worked at ZJA (2002 – 2006) and AAENP (2007-2014) on the design and realisation of buildings and structures that are deeply connected to the Dutch land- and waterscapes. From 2014 to 2017 worked in the Design and Research Cell of RSP Design Consultants in Bangalore while teaching and advising at the Nitte Institute of Architecture in Mangalore.
Erika Mayr is a gardener and a passionate beekeeper. Founder of stadtbienenhonig, she has kept honeybees for more than 10 years. At different apiaries spread over the city she harvests every week during mid-May and mid-July and shows how nature changes over the time through the taste of the honey. Working with honeybees and small-scale agriculture Mayr's work connects with nature, opens senses and teaches about care for animals.
Florentin Steininger is founding partner of S.T.I.F.F. design, an experimental design practice of conceptualizing and self-implementing. His works range from sustainable shop interiors (documenta, Kassel) to feminist exhibition architecture (Schinkel Pavilion, Berlin) to structural planning for art installations and furniture oddities such as a hairy concrete stool.
Find more backgrounds about our former activities at the Animalesque AA Visiting School website.