By : Harrison Atelier
GRANDS PRIX DU DESIGN – 15e édition
Discipline : Architecture
Categories : Other categories in architecture / Temporary Installation : Platinum Winner, Gold Certification
Categories : Special Award / Architecture + Climate Change : Platinum Winner, Gold Certification
A MULTI-SCALED RESOURCE FOR GLOBAL POLLINATOR BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION
Harrison Atelier’s Pollinators Pavilion offers a prototype for an artificially-intelligent field station that: provides nesting substrates, harvests data on solitary bees with a machine-learning based monitoring system, and broadcasts their value as a visitors’ climate education center. 90% of the worldwide bee species are solitary or native bees, responsible for 75% of global non-agricultural pollination yet dramatically understudied. Our project helps to fill the knowledge gap on native pollinators.
DESIGNED HABITAT THAT COUNTERS DATA DEFICIENCY ON OUR MOST PRODUCTIVE POLLINATORS
Native bees contribute significantly to agricultural pollination: they carry more pollen, they transfer fruit pollen at a higher rate, and they forage in more inclement weather than do honeybees. Despite this critical role, our understanding of some basic aspects of solitary bee biology, including species level distributional and inhabitation patterns, remains incomplete. Because the elusive nature of solitary bee nesting sites makes monitoring a time-consuming and expensive prospect, and destructive sampling further reduces solitary bee populations, the Pollinators Pavilion offers a no-kill method for studying solitary bees using monitoring stations and an artificially-intelligent model for insect identification.