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ANIMAL ARCHITECTURE: HUMANS AREN’T THE ONLY ONES TO BE HOUSE PROUD

ANIMAL ARCHITECTURE: HUMANS AREN’T THE ONLY ONES TO BE HOUSE PROUD

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PHOTOGRAPHER INGO ARNDT reminds us that it’s not just the two-legged clothes-wearing animals who inhabit this planet that design and build themselves  interesting places to live.

Animal Architecture, published by Abrams on May 1, highlights everything from the complex masterpieces fashioned by the vogelkop gardener bowerbird of West Papua (above), to the European red wood ant nests in Hessen, Germany (below) to the cathedral termite mounds of the Northern Territory in Australia — which can be as high as six metres tall and house as many as 3 million termites.

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Arndt’s book is a mix of field and studio photography and offers an extraordinary array of  nests, mounds and webs.

Australian weaver ants create a house from leaves which they weave together with silk threads (above); also in Australia, the Grey bowerbird that builds a nest from sticks and a floor from found objects (above); below: a wasp nest made from masticated wood.

Ingo Arndt is a nature photographer of world renown. He has won many World Press Photo Awards and his work appears regularly in National Geographic, GEO and BBC Wildlife.

 Animal Architecture by Ingo Arndt, Jim Brandenburg and Tautz (Abrams)

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WORDS

JEREMY KAHN

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INGO ARNDT

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