Synthetic Pollenizer uses 3D-printed robotic flowers to help save bees

March 2, 2018 by  
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Over the last 20 years we’ve seen a dramatic decline in bee populations as a result of harmful pesticides and other environmental challenges . So, Brisbane’s Michael Candy proposed a unique solution. The artist’s Synthetic Pollenizer project combines artificial pollination with 3D printing to provide a safe space for bees to continue their important work as pollinators, without some of the inherent risks. The Synthetic Pollenizer is a conceptual project that uses a system of robotic flowers safe for bees to pollinate compared to real plants (potentially contaminated with pesticides). The robotic petals can stand alongside real plants and feature pollen, nectar and a synthetic stamen. “It has taken several years to successfully coax bees into landing on the synthetic pollenisers,” said Candy. “The color and form of the unit are important for attraction as bees have a variety of ways to identify flowers.” Related: Over 700 North American bee species are heading towards extinction The flowers are connected to a network for motor and tubes which push a man-made nectar solution to the petal surface. A pollen trap fits over the hive entrance and collects leftover pollen pellets from the bees’ hind legs which Candy then feeds into the synthetic stamen. Bees pick up the pollen the same way they do from a real flower. “Perhaps in a future where designer crops are no longer able to produce pollen yet still receive it, Candy said, “then the Synthetic Pollenizer could rehabilitate the reproductive cycle of these genetically modified crops”. + Michael Candy Via Dezeen

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Renzo Piano reveals designs for Toronto courthouse targeting LEED Silver

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Renzo Piano Building Workshop (RPBW) teamed up with NORR Architects & Engineers to design the new Toronto Courthouse, located just northwest of Toronto City Hall. Designed to strengthen the city’s civic core, the new courthouse will embrace the streetscape and offer a variety of public amenities. The building will be RPWB’s first project in Canada and aim for LEED Silver certification. After over a year’s worth of collaboration between the two firms, the recently unveiled designs for the Toronto Courthouse present a vision of transparency with an emphasis on public space . At the heart of the project will be a 20-meter-tall glass atrium that RPBW says “creates an immediate and strong image which will extend the public realm into the building, as well as expressing the public nature of the courthouse within the city.” The new building will also help consolidate the law courts currently spread out across Toronto . Related: Toronto’s waterfront to undergo major futuristic redesign thanks to Google’s Sidewalk Labs Despite its highly transparent appearance, the Toronto Courthouse will be fitted with high-security features. The building will also house an education center on the history of and challenges facing the indigenous justice system. The project is expected for completion in 2022. + Renzo Piano Building Workshop Via ArchDaily Images by PIXELFLAKES and RPBW

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