RefuBees and the City

Preventing Extinction: Transforming Urban Terrain into Temporary Sanctuaries

Throughout Europe there exists a prevailing trend of dwindling pollinator populations. The majority of rural areas across Europe have now reached a state of un-inhabitability. In order to avert the extinction crisis faced by myriad wild bee species and other vital pollinators, it is imperative to enact solutions that involve a transient transformation of urban landscapes into custom-made sanctuaries. The Urban Ecology Lab at the Delft University for Technology mandates this endeavour with an unconventional mindset and innovative approach.

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Art / Science

What is it?

Network

Experts, Academics, Innovators

Symposia

Workshop, Lectures, Symposia.

BeeTotems

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Case Studies

Comparisons

BeeCircus

Infotainment

Education

Awareness, Learning

Media

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Sponsors

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Art + SCIENCE

Comprehend

Art/Science

The TUDelft Urban Ecology Lab highly values collaboration that spans multiple disciplines and incorporates art as an essential element for enhancing outcomes..

How does the collaborative partnership between art and science contribute to inventive approaches in both domains?

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Totemism

Totemism

Totemism, Cultural Symbols and Community: Ancient Practices, Modern Art and Parallels to the Maypole

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Connect

Network

Our Network concerns itself with a small but very important world, the one of wild bees and pollinators in an urban context.

How does the establishment of an interdisciplinary network focused on the pollination crisis contribute to addressing this critical issue and what role do knowledge networks and multidisciplinary approaches play in this effort?

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Network

Hade Dorst

Hade Dorst

Hade Dorst is researcher and adviser at the TNO Vector, Centre for Societal Innovation and Strategy

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Symposia

Participate

Symposia

A symposium is a focused academic event where experts share opinions on a chosen topic in a formal setup.

How can the unconferencing approach, which encourages participant-driven dynamics and idea exchange, enhance the traditional symposium model and lead to tangible solutions in events?

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Symposia

Symposia

A symposium is a focused academic event where experts share opinions on a chosen topic

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Symposium 2014

Symposium 2014

As part of Hans Kalliwoda's PhDArts trajectory, he initiated and organised a symposium titled 'The Inner City as Nature Reserve!' This avant-garde...

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Experience

BeeTotems

The creation of ‘BeeClans’ via BeeTotems, tailored for different native bee species in urban settings, creates biotopes and stimulates active participation among local residents.

How does the BeeTotem project combine sociological, ecological, and educational elements through performative acts, sculptures, and scientific research to transform the City into a temporary nature reserve for pollinators?

 

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Beetotems

Totemism

Totemism

Totemism, Cultural Symbols and Community: Ancient Practices, Modern Art and Parallels to the Maypole

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Case Studies

Compare

Case Studies

Our story unfolds in 2014 when scientific research revealed a surprising truth: wild bees not only survive but thrive in urban settings when compared to the countryside.

What methodologies are employed and what are the evaluation processes when creating case studies that support a entire range of RefuBees?

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Bronze Furrow Bee

The Bronze Furrow Bee is difficult to spot, because of its small size, however it’s one of the most common wild bee species in this country.

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Rampion Scissor Bee

What makes it interesting is that this  bee is oligolectic, meaning it is dependent on only one particular plant species for its pollen and nectar.

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Beecircus

Playing with suspense 

BeeCircus

The BeeCircus embodies the philosophies of positivity and open-mindedness, aiming to unite and inspire individuals concerned about our world’s future.

How does the BeeCircus utilise ‘infotainment’ as a means of raising awareness and promoting active participation in local communities, and what is the broader impact it aims to achieve through this unique approach?

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Awareness and instructions

Education

In the sphere of education, considerable resources have been dedicated to organising symposia, creating bee performances and circus acts, delivering lectures, fostering networking, and, notably, instituting enduring, hands-on programs tailored for students in numerous educational institutions.

How can the Bee Totems and Sidewalk tiles be utilised to encourage individuals to recognise their integral role in the natural world and empower them to actively contribute to environmental preservation, particularly through educational programs?

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education

Media

Information

Media

Our objective is to provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the development processes accomplished by thorough documentation and storytelling using audiovisual materials.

What specific visual elements are you interested in viewing?

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Support

Sponsors and Grants

If financial resources were available in abundance, how might we enhance innovations and nature conservation efforts to ensure not only the preservation of our planet’s biodiversity but also the survival of mankind in our contemporary context, where environmental challenges pose significant threats to our existence?

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Sponsors and Grants

Sponsors and Grants

Sponsors and Grants

The City as Nature Reserve and the BeeTotems for RefuBees project, is a collective achievement, realised through shared efforts with a holistic...

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FAQ

Understanding

FAQ

Once upon a time in the enchanted forest of EcoVille, the animals decided to form the “Fellowship of Animal Questions” or FAQ for short. It all started when a squirrel named Sammy asked a question that left everyone baffled. ‘Why do insects suffer harm when they drink groundwater?’ he inquired, scratching his furry head.

Do you have a question too?

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Totemism

Totemism

Totemism, Cultural Symbols and Community: Ancient Practices, Modern Art and Parallels to the Maypole

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Critical observation

Press

In a picturesque European village plagued by peculiar headlines in the local paper, ‘The Polder Echo,’ a resident named Dirk learned to read between the lines. One day, an article titled ‘River Mystery” caught his attention, describing unusual froth and disappearing fish. Dirk’s intuition kicked in, and he realised the pollution problem was hidden in plain sight.

Did you hear this story too?

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Press

Press

Press

In a picturesque European village plagued by peculiar headlines in the local paper, 'The Polder Echo,' a resident named Dirk learned to read between...

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