Ancestors of Civita was born out of our interest in nature, architecture, and storytelling. The mystique of this isolated hilltown and visitors’ stories of the “dying city” conjured ideas of alternate possibilities for this unique place that are indeed void of humans. Specifically, the project delves into concepts of adaptive reuse, sustainability, and biomimicry by examining the patterns and methods of survival in non-human species. These mythic tales will explore how other species would develop this town in radically new ways specific to their evolutionary strengths. In considering all forms of life as having intrinsic value, we seek to create parallel worlds that will illustrate the value of seeing a built environment through the lens of a species that has many different considerations and values than our own.