Bird-Safe Building Guidelines

  • Ecological Design
  • Publication / Exhibition
  • ASLA Professional Awards – Communications Honor Award, 2008
  • ASLA-NY Award, 2007

Created in collaboration with the NYC Audubon Society and Columbia University, the 55-page publication examines the apparent causes of bird mortality in the built environment, conveys the ecological, economic, ethical and legal justifications for bird conservation, advocates for a series of preventative and rehabilitative strategies, and describes precedents for regulatory initiatives. The Guidelines promote measures to protect birdlife in the planning, design and operation stages of multiple building types. They are intended for use by architects, landscape architects, engineers, glass technicians, environmentalists, building owners and operators, construction industry stakeholders, city planners, civic officials, state and federal agencies, and the general public. Revealing the magnitude of bird-collisions with glass, the book describes the conditions that cause these deadly collisions, and presents clear strategies to mitigate this problem through design – both design of new sites & structures and retrofit of existing conditions.

The Guidelines can be downloaded here.

Find more information about this project, including the full project team, at the 2008 ASLA Professional Awards page here.


Published by: New York City Audubon Society

Project Director: Kate Orff, FASLA, RLA, Columbia University GSAPP / SCAPE

Authors: Hillary Brown, AIA, Steven Caputo (New Civic Works); E.J. McAdams, Marcia Fowle, Glenn Phillips, Chelsea Dewitt, Yigal Gelb (NYC Audubon Project Staff)

Graphics: Benedict Clouette, Nick Kothari, Betsy Stoel, Li-Chi Wang

Reviewers: Karen Cotton, Acting Director, Bird-Safe Working Group; Randi Doeker, Birds and Buildings Forum; Bruce Fowle, FAIA, Daniel Piselli, FXFOWLE; Marcia Fowle; Yigal Gelb, Program Director, NYC Audubon; Mary Jane Kaplan; Daniel Klem, Jr., PhD., Muhlenberg College; Albert M. Manville, PhD., US Department of the Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service; E. J. McAdams, Former Executive Director, NYC Audubon; Glenn Phillips, Executive Director, NYC Audubon