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Pollinators Pavilion

Research Open House 2021

Ariane Harrison
Yuxiang Chen, MS Arch ‘18
School of Architecture, Graduate Architecture and Urban Design

The Pollinators Pavilion is an analogous habitat for native, cavity-dwelling bees. The structure both communicates data harvested from its monitoring system—addressing the gap in scientific knowledge on native bees—and introduces these overlooked yet critical pollinators to a broad public to promote biodiversity and ecosystem restoration.

Located at Old Mud Creek Farm in Hudson NY, the Pollinators Pavilion recently won an AIANY Honor Award. There are multiple paths of inquiry that the team is pursuing for ongoing research. Through engagement with researchers at Penn State, Georgia Tech, and iDiv we are working to automate insect identification. We’re also working on modularization for sustainable urban systems integration on green roofs, as well as integration into an open-air climate-crisis education network on Governors Island through Pratt Climate Provocations.

Elevation of pollinators pavilion in an open field
Pollinators Pavilion at Old Mud Creek Farm in Hudson, NY

Harrison Atelier:

– Ariane Harrison, AIA, LEED AP, PhD, Co-founder
– Seth Harrison, MFA, Co-founder
– Yuxiang Chen, Designer / Machine Learning

Former Team Members:

– Nai Hua Chen, Pratt Institute, MArch ‘18
– Eileen Xu, Pratt Institute, MArch ‘18

AI Team:

– Zhengyang Chen, AI / Machine Learning, College of Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology
– Hanwen Zheng, University of Munich

Scientific Advisors:

– Kevin Matteson, PH.D Ei, Associate Director, Graduate Programs of Social and Ecological Change, Miami University
– Jerome Rozen, Ph.D. Curator Emeritus, Apoidea Collection, American Museum of Natural History, Professor Emeritus, Richard Gilder Graduate School
– Christina Grozinger, Ph.D. Distinguished Professor of Entomology; Director, Center for Pollinator Research, Pennsylvania State University
– Sam Droege, USGS, Wildlife Biologist. Patuxent Wildlife Research Center

Onsite Team:

– Ben Dobson, Farm Director, Stone House Farm
– David Goldstein Old Mud Creek Farm
– Francine Hunter McGivern, Project curator, Artist & Founding Director The Frank Institute @ CR10

drawing of interior and section of pollinators pavilion
Drawing of the Pollinators Pavilion