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In order to create an ecosystem that would support the maintenance of plants and agriculture in urban surroundings I researched the natural habits of ladybugs. As aphids are a serious pest of plants and the principal meal of the ladybug.

To survive wintertime, ladybugs usually find a dry place to cluster together. Ladybugs hibernate through the winter as adult insects, so this is the time when they start looking for suitable sites.  In their natural habitat some shelter under tree barks and others sleep under leaf litter.

In large cities it is not easy for them to survive. Normally in autumn they enter houses thrue small gaps (in old houses) and find a dark place somewhere in an attic or ceiling, where they stay untill spring. Yet, new constructed buildings are obviously aiming to keep bugs out which is disturbing if one would aim for natural balance in our cities.

We could cope with this by placing a window build for instance from black alder wood (which is sour and consists medium resin) on the south-west side of a building that contains an entrance for the ladybugs where they can hibernate and enter and leave whenever they want or need to.

A window seen as a tangible border between an inside and an outside world. A gesture; to amplify a childs imaginary and open world and revive this as adult beings.

Due to its natural awareness for safety and temperature, a ladybug has senses for what an inside and an outside space means; just like humans.

A wooden element refined as an appealing entrance. It leads them to a glass bulb which emphasizes the ladybug’s natural behaviour: searching for a warm and save place, without being aware of crossing the human border; the window. While hiding on the inside they are visually present for humans outside, but not to be physically disturbed.

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