Aimez vous les abeilles? Vi piacciono le api? Do you like bees?
Venice and Milan turn on the beehive culture on roofs and terraces.
January / October 2012
Talking about bees in this period of social, political and cultural confusion seems an appropriate example for how things could work in the world if we were less arrogant and more orientated to save what we possess instead of trying to get more. The bees army merits a lot of observations, analysis, research work and studies as we owe a big part of our wellness to the bees artists. In the course of the last ten years very serious circumstances put the bees’survival at risk and at the same time the infinite quantity of benefits bees offer to humanity.
Increasing pollution, the use of pesticides and the lack of a vegetation that creates a favourable micro-climate for their activities – these three factors have contributed to the looming threat that the ecological balance, supported by the bees in an incisive manner, is not granted any more.
A way out of the impasse is the development of innovative methods which explore alternative urban spaces in which the bees find a fertile base in order to execute activities for the production of their goods. This is the objective of an innovative competition dedicated to the design and the planning of functional beehives which can be easily reproduced by hobby bee keepers living in the cities, by any kind of bee sympathizers, by people who would like to contribute to the idea of offering a refuge to the bees in urban spaces like on the roofs, on terraces or near the windows on any kind of wall.
The competition has the patronage of the public administrations of the Veneto and of the City of Venice and a final exhibition of realized beehives will take place at the Museo di Storia Naturale in collaboration with the Fondazione Musei Civici Veneziani in September 2012, contemporaneously with the Biennale of Architecture.
The competition rules can be downloaded here.
The competition is officially addressed to students of fine arts, architecture and design, and to young architects and designers under 30, without restriction regarding their nationality. Three of the best proposals will get an award under the form of a scholarship. Demands of participation can be sent by mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Download the application form here.
The second category is addressed to all the bee lovers in the world without restriction of age, nationality and profession in order to create a functional and aesthetically innovative beehive which should be adopted by citizens in order to increase the return of the bees to the cities. A commission of landscape architects, bee keepers and experts, will value the proposals and a final exhibition of the objects will take place in Milan in autumn in 2012.
If you want to partecipate in the second category, please download the application form here.
On December 20th the project was presented at the Academy of Fine Arts in Brera, Milan, where a group of experts, for the first time, lanced the idea of commitment. Brera is already engaged in an innovative pilot – experiment to create beehives for the cities with the students.
The project “Aimez-vous les abeilles“, conceived and curated by Elisabeth Saint Juste Gluckstein, and coordinated by the international group TheSeven Projects, is an example of synergy between public administrations, private societies, local sponsors, volunteers deriving from different fields of action, professional beekeepers and research workers, architects and landscape planners, curators and critics. The adherents desire in an unanimous way to contribute to the possible return of the bees in the towns in order to contrast efficiently Albert Einstein’s serious thought on our future: If bees disappeared from Earth, only four years of life would be left to Mankind.
The project is promoted by Sopramaresotto, Consorzio Apicoltori Province Gorizia e Udine, Milano Food Week.
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