Colaboration with Roberto Michelsen Engells

The core of the initiative relies on a cooperation between different actors and species in order to relink centuries old relationship that has now reached a crucial level of decadence with severe social and ecological damage.

The Metropolitan Shelter Plan for Bees and Pollinizing Agents is a proposal that reaches architectural, landscape, territorial and environmentalist dimensions within Mexico City that awaits implementation.

The central activity is to activate a program where the system of prisons and reinsertion social centers of the city located in what once was the peripheral territory of the metropolis can host refugees for polliniing agents. To achieve this the architectural characteristics of these units is used to the advantage of safeguarding endangered bees. The extensions of bordering terrain will grow native flowers. The roofs of the buildings are used to accumulate rainwater for irrigation and solar panels for lighting and pumping. Beehives are stationed in the flowergardens and the inmates with capacities and desire to work can become gardeners and beekeepers. Offering with this the possibility of gaining the abilities of a self-promoting work opportunity once reinserted into society.

The benefits flow in multiple directions. Bees, butterflies, bats and other pollinators can have a safer shelter to live in. The landscape is transformed by the enhanced role of pollination. The products gained from beekeping will promote better nutrition within the prisons and a stable income for the inmates.