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flightroutes: sounds of the foraging bees

This Brussels map visualises the flightroutes of the city honeybees to their foraging areas. With an analysis report of the pollen in their honey, we were able to track back the trees and herbs on which they are foraging in a radius of 3 km around their hive. Clicking the link below let you listen to their songs: the sounds of the hive.

sounds of the beehive.mp3

reclaim the roofs! plans …

designs for an edible forest garden on a rooftop

Snowy days are over, the bees are flying out again and we started with the preparations for the built-up of the rooftopgarden. An edible garden. 300m2 on the 6th floor -on top of a parkinglot- in the center of the city. A natural environment built-up in an artificial way, a semi-controlled ecosystem, a shelter for birds and bees, an experimental zone for urban agriculture.
Trees, schrubs and vergetables will be put together in different layers so that they work harmoniously in relation to each other and to their environment. The rooftop offers a microclimate which is ideal for permaculture approaches. All trees, tall and small shrubs and other plants have edible berries. Land, animals and people, light and shade are taken into account. All materials used are selected on their cradle to cradle aspects and their sustainability. We also take mobility of the elements into account to calculate the carbon footprint. Waterharvesting and green energy are at the basis of the system, and the selection of plants is chosen to be beneficial as well for the people as for the bees and the birds.

1.rooftopgarden 2.tuin_overzicht 3.substraat_layers-s 4.cottage_plan 5.preps_cottage
(design by Wim Collet/ Natuurlijk & Annemie Maes)

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Barefoot College, Tilonia, Rajasthan, India.

the struggle for truth :: barefoot practical


The training is non-structured and informal, incorporating on-the-job learning while earning.

– learning from doing and mutual interaction, not through formal classroom teaching
– emphasis on practical experience; little or no importance given to paper qualifications
– the belief is that the educational system today cannot judge the worth and value of persons. Passing exams, getting degrees is no guarantee that they are either valuable or necessary for the development of rural communities. The crucial question is: can they work with their hands?
– to prevent environmental degradation and to make communities sustainable, the answer is for them to finally depend on each other and use existing village skills for their own development.
– Tilonia’s role is to facilitate a process that allows for self reliance, self respect and dignity. It is not to increase dependency on urban professionals and skills.

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