March 10, 2016
by Elsa Lam
BEE / HOUSE / LAB is an international design competition hosted by the University of Manitoba and open to students and designers in the field of environmental design, architecture, landscape architecture, industrial design, and other related fields. The competition calls for a design of a bee house prototype that can be fabricated and deployed for field testing. A Design Jury will determine winning designs and a pool of top submissions will be fabricated. More than 100 houses will be field-tested to study their space-form-habitat performance.
The competition is hosted by the University’s Office of Sustainability, and supported by the FABLab at the Faculty of Architecture, the Department of Entomology and Parks Canada Campus Club at the University of Manitoba. STUFF (Studio for Transformative Urban Forms and Fields) is serving as the design competition coordinator. The University of Manitoba is committed to sustainable development and to using campus as a living lab. The results and the process of the competition will be published on various forms of media for the ongoing BEE LAB research and for the public awareness campaign purposes.
Why bees? Bees provide pollination to various plant systems. Three quarters of the world’s flowering plants and over one third of the world’s food crops depend on pollinators. In recent years, bee populations have been in a rapid decline, largely due to pesticide use and severe winters brought on by climate change.
Why bee houses? Urban development can result in pollinator habitat loss. Creating artificial habitats like bee houses that that are appealing to the public, easy to use and attractive to bees are a simple, accessible way to support healthy and resilient pollinator communities. Design lessons from this competition will inform future actions to help bees.
The registration deadline for the competition is March 31. There is a $15 fee for student entries and a $50 fee for open entries.
For more information and to register, visit: http://www.umanitoba.ca/sustainability/BeeHouseLab.html