A Nation of Gardeners and Beekeepers
Bees have an integral role across all aspects of the ecosystem and are the most significant pollinator of food crops worldwide. They are vital to a sustainability story for our planet however many species are being pushed towards extinction due to pesticides, disease, climate change and habitat loss with human influence on these factors playing a majority part.
With this project I hope to highlight the significance of these important pollinators to the environment and our food supply as well as suggest initiatives to educate and activate a local and national agenda around promoting bee colony sustainability cantered in Bergen, Norway.
An initial programme proposes a building which will be an incubator for bee species and other pollinators. My goal is to maintain pollinator numbers throughout the year (bees lose 70% of their colonies in winter) with a managed ecosystem. This being curated areas of bee friendly vegetation that can be sustained outdoors in warmer periods and kept indoors in harsher winter months to regulate temperature. To achieve this, I have created an expandable extension to my main visitor-focussed building that can adapt through the seasons providing an ideal bee habitat year-round whilst adding value to biodiversity, agriculture and communities local to Bergen as well as nationwide.
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