Gallery: London Without Bees: Conceptual Towers Shoot Pollen Spores Int...

 
London Without Bees is an architectural design concept that prepares for the very real possibility that one day bees will go completely extinct. Designed by former University of Westminster student Ben Kirk, these towers will shoot pollen-filled balloons into the air, where the windstream will help them travel to different points throughout London. Strategically-located recycling centers will then collect the floating spores and distribute them to various city gardens using a special funnel.

This design comes on the heels of a controversial news report that cell phones are killing bees. Whether or not that is true, there is no question that bee populations have declined precipitously. This does not bode well for agriculture nor, as Kirk points out, for London’s historic gardens. Though it would be a sad day in human history to see them launched, Kirk’s towers would be able to keep the city’s gardens nice and colorful even without bees.

A variety of artificial pollinators, also designed b Kirk, can be used to fertilize home gardens. A flat pack product would be suspended from terraced back gardens, where it would rely on passive wind and the vertical movement of weighted acetate to brush past the anthers of one garden flower onto another’s stigma. This is a very interesting biomimicry project that demonstrates humanity’s remarkable ability to adapt.

For further information, please email the designer at benkirk1986[at]hotmail dot com.

Via Dezeen

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  1. Kev_C June 29, 2011 at 10:01 am

    Sadly the truth here is this idea is giving the powers that be the excuse to do nothing about the decline in bee numbers. If ever the day arrives when there are no bees left I doubt whether the real concern will be colourless gardens. More like empty dinner plates and hungry people.
    This idea is fine in a science fiction world but we haven’t given up yet on forcing the corporations responsible for the pesticides, genetically modified pollen, nanotechnology materials and even the latest electromagnetic resonance that has all been linked with CCD. Note the lack of a mention of Varroa mites here. That’s because if the bees were dying because of parasitism they would be heaped up outside the hives. In CCD the bees are completely absent, no trace to be found.

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