Forgotten Spaces 2011 shortlisted: Bee Project by Studiodare
[Brent] A combined urban park, ‘agroforest’ and bee-keeping aviary promoting a mutual dependency between the community and eco-system
Bee Project is part ‘agroforest’ part urban park; it is a diversified growing system based on perennial crops, such as fruit bearing trees, plants and herbs. The urban park is achieved by carefully selecting, sculpting and arranging these crops to create vistas and frame views.
It is democratic and open; it can be enjoyed as a park for recreational purposes, an educational facility for school children and the unemployed, an activity for pensioners or a business for community organisations.
Highlighting our dependency on bees and the delicate nature of our ecosystem is central to the main idea.
Highlighting our dependency on bees and the delicate nature of our ecosystem is central to the main idea. This is celebrated in the design of the beehives, which are constructed on an elevated plinth, providing focal points within the landscaped garden and protection against the colony.
The Hybrid is designed to be ‘extendable’. Through community engagement, the project offers the potential to create an economic market for the exchange of produce, such as fruits, jams or honey. Produce is exchanged through a ‘farmers’ market and could link to similar other initiatives within neighbouring communities.