Envisioning a Network for Pollinators in South Seattle
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Bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, moths and beetles that pollinate plants are responsible for bringing us almost every bite of food. They also sustain our ecosystems and produce most of the natural resources by helping plants reproduce. Without these animals, our ecosystem will totally collapse. These pollinating creatures travel from plant to plant, flower to flower, carrying pollen on their bodies in an important interaction that enables the transfer of genetic material critical to the reproductive system of most flowering plants. These plants which provide us countless fruits, vegetables, and increase carbon sequestration for our living space. However, this nearly invisible ecosystem service is a precious resource that requires attention and protection and in disturbing evidence found around the globe, is increasingly in danger. Many pollinator populations are in decline and this decline is attributed most severely to a loss in nesting and feeding habitats. Environmental pollution, the misuse of chemicals pesticide, infectious disease, and changes in global climatic patterns are all contributing to shifting and shrinking the pollinator populations. This pollinator network design responds to the issues of food shortages, climate change, urban biodiversity, and the desire to increase urban productive landscapes. Pollinators play an essential and indispensable role in urban agriculture and urban public spaces. As a result, this design thesis focuses on how to design a network for pollinators by means of connecting potential nodes, open spaces and a green belt in South Seattle, Washington. This network includes small-scale habitats, learning gardens, pollinator sanctuaries, community gardens and green infrastructure.
- Landscape architecture