pop-up park på avenyn i Göteborg
​Pop Up Park, Avenyn in Gothenburg
​​Illustration: White Arkitekter

Pop Up Park BEE CONNECTED

Dense and green cities
Pollination in cities
How many bee species do we have in Sweden and can they live in cities?
The park’s design and how it develops over time
Team Bee Connected

The research group SMoG at Chalmers Architecture shows how one can protect and develop ecosystem services such as pollination by building wisely. But that requires bold and concrete solutions, like green roofs, more greenery between the buildings and more opportunity for urban farming. But more than anything we need to strengthen ecosystem services by improving or creating new green links so that green housing, parks and streets create a unified green structure.

Pollination is vital for plants’ propagation and food production. The value of pollination worldwide is estimated to be EUR 150 bn per year, and bees have a key role in this work. Without bees there would be no apples, no cherries, no beer. But bees face a growing threat as the scale of agriculture increases and cities grow. Many cities give priority to densification and compact living environments as favouring a sustainable development. This is good, because we can then arrange transport in a smarter manner. But the cities also need green environments which people can live in if they are to be able to continue functioning and delivering ecosystem services, in other words services that the green areas in our cities produce entirely free of charge and which are vital to our well-being and our health. The great challenge at the moment is that of combining densification with “greening”.

Chalmers Architecture invites you to join the opening event on the 4th of June 2016 at Avenyn from 12 to 15 pm.

The research group SMoG at Chalmers Architecture is developing a new method of improving connectivity – the green links – and thereby improving bees’ chances of survival in the city. This makes things better not only for the bees, but for the population of the city.

During the summer of 2017, Östermalm's district administration, together with the traffic office, will establish a pop-up park in the middle of Valhalla Road, within the framework of the city's project Living Stockholm. The park will open on June 14th until September. The purpose of the park is to make a place that many people perceive as unattractive and dead, more enjoyable.

The pop-up park contains the Bee Connected installation, which was exhibited in Gothenburg last year, and a walk for children that informs and disseminates knowledge about biodiversity and ecosystem services, and how it relates to human health and well-being in cities.

Other elements of the park include flower plantations, new seating and a photo exhibition in collaboration with the city museum.

Published: Wed 10 May 2017.