Bees are integral to our food and environment, and yet they are facing an uncertain future due to habitat loss, pesticide use, and climate change. Based in Mexico, one of the leading exporters and producers of apiculture products worldwide, PienZa Sostenible is dedicated to the protection of bees. Las Abejas relies upon extensive research on the declining bee population as a problem that affects us all. In a model similar to their ReConstruir México initiative, Las Abejas brings together internationally-renowned Mexican architects and craftsmen to create bee houses that encourage a relationship with ecology. Nestled among the honey locust trees in Dan Kiley’s landscape, four bee houses designed by Alberto Kalach, Tatiana Bilbao Studio, Rozana Montiel Arquitectos, and Manuel Cervantes Estudio ask us to consider the importance of bees everywhere.

The exhibition and bee houses will be manufactured by PIRWI and will contain images by Mexican Photographer Fernando Marroquín.

Installation Sponsor

Cummins Inc.

Fabrication Sponsor

ESL-Spectrum

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.

Irwin Conference Center (formerly the Irwin Union Bank and Trust) anchors the busy corner of Fifth and Washington Streets. Built in 1954, Eero Saarinen’s design would influence the architecture of financial institutions for decades to come. With an open plan and spacious counters without the typical teller’s cages separating the bank from its customers, the building was a complete reimagining of what a bank was architecturally, as well as of its place in the community.