URBAN BEEING: ENHANCING ECOLOGY THROUGH THE CROSS-POLLINATION OF ARCHITECTURE AND APICULTURE
Tilghman, James W
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Bees plan an essential role in our ecosystems. The majority of all flowering plants on earth, both crop and wild, are pollinated by animals. With bees acting as the chief pollinators globally, they play an essential role in maintaining ecological diversity, promoting agricultural crop yields, and enhancing resiliency. Recent bee population declines across the globe have raised concerns from researchers and governments alike about the stability of our current environments and economies. This thesis aims to explore and reimagine post-industrial landscapes with remediating infrastructure that supports and is maintained through the natural processes associated with apiculture to enhance urban ecologies and resiliency. Recasting the relationship that humans have with bees in urban environments will provide a new vision for ecological architecture and resilient landscape design. Various scales will connect apiaries with research and educational programmed architecture within a greater canal pollinator park network to activate community awareness and involvement in the process of promoting bee prosperity to achieve a new vision for ecological urbanism.