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Futuristic park can be visited in virtual reality

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Architect Vincent Callebaut created a conceptual project described as a “refugee camp for insects” to raise awareness of the ever-decreasing number of pollinating insects in the world.

Bees and other pollinating insects are disappearing at an alarming rate. To draw attention to this situation, the Pollinator Park in collaboration with the European Commission as part of its EU Pollinators Initiative, according to NewAtlas.

The place can be visited through a web browser or in virtual reality, if the user has a suitable device, as is the case with the Oculus Rift or Oculus Quest.

The experience is similar to other visits to virtual museums and takes up to 30 minutes.

The visit shows a story conceived by Norwegian author Maja Lunde that describes the Pollinator Park as a safe haven for pollinators in a dystopian future where the insect population has been decimated, while providing information about plants, flowers and insects.

“We, of course, we hope we never have to build a refugee camp for insects, ”reads a statement. “This would mean that we have failed to protect nature and pollinators. In history, in 2050, the Pollinator Park it is necessary for the cultivation of food and the preservation of the last remaining pollinating insects during the collapse of the ecosystem. We hope that this future never happens and the Pollinator Park intends to mobilize actions now to prevent that future ”.

Architecturally, the development would center around a large flower-inspired tower that includes a glass elevator and a double staircase, with an observation platform at the top. From here, beehive-glazed glass buildings would host agriculture. Elsewhere, there would be some offices and residential areas.

Being a project by Vincent Callebaut, sustainable design is also very extensive and would include CLT (cross laminated wood) and recycled or recyclable building materials. The energy would come from photovoltaic arrays and wind turbines. Natural cooling would be promoted, while geothermal heating and cooling systems would help to maintain a comfortable temperature.

The European Commission, however, has no plans to carry out this project.

Maria Campos, ZAP //

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