The bee is one of the most important living beings in the world. The reduction of the bee population in the last decades is directly influencing the process of pollination, the breeding of other living beings, and the nutritional and variety of natural products. Mexico is one of the leading exporters and producers of bee and apiculture products worldwide thanks to its natural resources and environment. PienZa Sostenible promotes the protection and care of the bee as one of its priority actions as a declining bee population is a problem that affects us all.

This project, Las Abejas, includes deep research into the study of bees and beehives, and the present importance of apiculture. In a model similar to the ReConstruir México initiative, the installation for Exhibit Columbus invites critically-acclaimed / internationally-renowned architects and Mexican designers to devise and build bee houses that encourage understanding of the importance of bees, while also contributing to increasing bee populations. Participants include TAX | Alberto Kalach, Tatiana Bilbao Studio, Rozana Montiel Arquitectos, and Manuel Cervantes Estudio, the exhibition and beehives will be manufactured by PIRWI and will contain images by Mexican Photographer Fernando Marroquín.

PienZa Sostenible is a non-profit association that promotes the research, study, analysis, implementation, monitoring, and coordination on the current situation in Mexico. Led by architect Carlos Zedillo Velasco and his brother Rodrigo Zedillo Velasco, PienZa Sostenible helped form ReConstruir México - an initiative that brings together architects and professionals to make knowledge and techniques available for the reconstruction of affected homes in vulnerable communities affected by the devastating 2017 earthquakes in the country. More than 40 distinguished architecture offices are now building 154 houses in seven of Mexico’s most damaged communities.

Mexico is a diverse country, and these condition forces us to think of housing as an element that represents culture and environmental conditions of each region. This means that each house responds to a particular geographical and human need. As an architect, our work is not just limited to the creative process, we have to respond to social, economical and geographical circumstances in the best way.