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 as 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), and is designed to be incorporated into the urban environment - locations such as a care home garden, a university or high school landscape, or a family back garden are ideal locations for this module. The prototype drawings below can be brought to a CNC cutting company, and be cut out of marine plywood and assembled, which, rather than simply tolerating the insects, will more considerately accommodate them.
Within any of the above urban landscapes, the device will promote cross generational engagement, as it will serve as an object lesson for all ages, and possibly members 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 cityscape, a practice that can involve all generations, from young to old.