OUT OF THE WOODWORK: Misha Semenov ’15 and Kassandra Leiva ’15 (and their dog, Daphne), now architecture graduate students at Yale, appear inside their creation: an urban parklet. The modular structure, which was unveiled last summer and placed in the Fair Haven neighborhood in New Haven, Conn., offers seating, tables, and live foliage. The parklet is meant to inspire contemplation and connection with native ecology — a notion that Semenov and Leiva call ecoempathy. “If our buildings and cities connect us back to nature instead of separating us from it, we can begin to rebuild society based on symbiosis with other living systems,” says Semenov.
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