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Between Economy and Ecology

Passive cooling birdhouse

2022.03

BACKGROUND

Bird Friendly Coffee

Climate warming and habitat loss have always threatened the survival of birds. The incubation temperatures suitable for birds are within a narrow temperature range. Excessive ambient temperature greatly reduces the incubation rate of birds. This phenomenon is even more pronounced on coffee plantations in the tropics. This is due to the fact that more shade trees have been fallen to increase coffee production. This double effect has led to a significant reduction in the number of birds and the destruction of the entire ecosystem in the coffee plantations. How our generation reacts to balance economics and ecology when confronted with an already devastated nature? 

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CONCEPT

Passive Cooling Birdhouse

Passive cooling birdhouses are used to improve the quality and quantity of space for birds, in situations where it has not been possible to change coffee growing methods recently. To restore the balance of the ecosystem within the coffee plantation, natural materials and structures are used without high technology to create a cooler microclimate. The birdhouse is made of breathable ceramic and pcm materials. The vertical space enhances the air flow. The birdhouse is kept at 27 degrees - the optimum temperature for incubation.

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USAGE SCENARIO

Data Platform

Achieving a balanced ecosystem scientifically on the coffee plantation is not an easy task. It is important to attract the right number of birds that will favour the growth of the coffee and to avoid competition between the birds. So when, where and how many birdhouses are putted up must be scientifically calculated. Farmers therefore need professional support. In this whole process, the government needs to provide birdhouses as well as a scientific platform where farmers can get scientific guidance through mobile phones and websites, e.g. on the number of birdhouses, locations, possible routes and when to maintain the birdhouse.

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