Intensive farming and monocultures have wiped out a vast proportion of pollinating insects’ natural habitats.
As counter-intuitive as it may seem, cities are now safer places for these insects to live than the countryside, as the air is largely free of pesticides. La Butinerie responds to a pending insect migration by providing a safe habitat for a variety of pollinating insects within urban environments. Similar to a large circular pot, it includes above ground and underground habitats equipped with a camera and thermal sensors for monitoring. The project is part of the Biodiversity Plan launched by the City of Paris in 2018.