23 / 01 / 2020
“Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise:”
-King Solomon (Proverbs 6:6)
Our buildings accommodate various types of insects in different ways. As many of them (except for honey bees) are seen to have no direct benefit to humans, they are labelled as ‘pests’ by the majority.
As our land becomes more and more urban, and soil and plants are replaced with concrete and bricks, creepy crawlies have no choice but to make architecture their improvised dwelling and feeding grounds. The sad thing about this is that on crossing paths indoors with a human, nine times out of ten, they end up being killed.
There is a saying that people fear what they don’t know, and so because we don’t take the time to learn about these creatures, we fear and therefore kill them on-site.
This project involves the development of a modular device that will accommodate two hymenoptera species – Apis Mellifera (European honey bee) and Myrmica Rubra (European fire ant), within a park landscape of the Coventry city urban environment. A test prototype of the modular device will then be built, which, rather than simply tolerate the insects, will more considerately accommodate them.
Within the Coventry urban landscape, the device will promote cross generational engagement, as it will serve as an object lesson for all ages of the public. It will also provide means of a symbiotic relationship in the form of honey and wax harvesting; these processes can be taught to the public and encourage bee keeping in the city of Coventry, a practice that can involve all generations, from young to old. The device is designed with a view of being integrated into a university or community.