A strategy to augment honeybee populations in Detroit by architect Stéphane Orsolini and engineer Erika Mayr of Berlin, Germany received a Holcim Awards Acknowledgement prize for transforming open urban spaces into green parks that provide buffer zones between industrial and residential precincts. The integration of beehives creates employment and also pollination services for the important Michigan fruit and vegetable production sector.Top sustainable construction projects in North America honored » pour en savoir plus (French) »
This innovative and unique project strives for the resettlement of honeybees in Detroit in order to address the sharp decline of bee colonies over recent years. Bees are vitally important agricultural insects throughout Michigan where fruit and vegetable production is a signiﬁcant sector of the economy.
The convincing advantages of this project are manifold. One of the crucial problems in Detroit is the many abandoned former industrial sites and vacant land plots coupled with a lack of investment. The project aims to transform these open spaces into green parks planted with ﬂowers varieties to feed the bees and to function as buffer zones between the remaining active industrial areas and residential precincts.See more
Over recent years, bee colonies have been in sharp decline, with grave implications for fruit and vegetable production. The Strategy for environmentally-friendly integration of beehives aims to support the resettlement of honeybees by converting abandoned former industrial sites and vacant land into ecologically valuable habitats – “nectar corridors” filled with flowers.Download project entry poster (PDF, 1.50 MB) »