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Illustrator: Cathryn Virginia


Buildings Don't Have To Be Bird-Killers

Glass-encased towers are still death traps for birds. But designers know how to stop the crashes. 

The narrow stretch that separates Quay Tower from a thatch of bamboo and oaks in Brooklyn Bridge Park doesn’t look like much, especially in winter. Unless you’re a bird.

To a bird, the copper-colored building’s glass is a mirror, reflecting the thick grove of trees and suggesting that the wilderness continues across the road. To a bird, that can be a deadly mistake.