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The urban beehive is a concept for keeping bees at home. The beehive is designed to allow us a glimpse into the fascinating world of these industrious creatures and to harvest the honey that they produce.

The design of the beehive is unconventional, appealing, and respects the natural behaviour of the bees. It consists of 2 parts: entry passage and flower pot outside, and glass vessel containing array of honeycomb frames, inside. The glass shell filters light to let through the orange wavelength which bees are blind to, so they won’t be disturbed. The frames are provided with a honeycomb texture for bees to build their wax cells on. Smoke can be released into the hive to calm the bees before it is opened, in keeping with established practice.

This is a sustainable, environmentally friendly product concept that has direct educational effect and encourages healthier lifestyle. The city benefits from the pollination, and humans benefit from the honey, the beeswax and the therapeutic value of observing these fascinating creatures in action.
As global bee colonies are in decline, this design contributes to the preservation of the species and encourages the return of the urban bee.

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Comment by SueT on October 25, 2011 at 1:25pm

In America, bees are kind of 'intensively farmed' like chickens and pigs are here. They are shipped around the country side in massive wagons to pollinate acre upon acre of one crop eg. almond, that couldn't easily pollinate and fruit on its own (that's a problem with mono-cultures).

.. Doesn't sound like it could be good for the bees and their navigation systems ... And see what can happen when something goes wrong...

"Utah highway shut after 20m bees escape from lorry''

Comment by Design Probes Moderator on October 26, 2011 at 1:31pm
Almost one third of our entire foodproduction is depending on pollination. The fact that we have to ship bees around for pollinating specific crops visualises our tremendous dependence on the role of the bee in our foodchain.
Comment by Michael Garcia on November 5, 2011 at 7:13pm
I think this is a great concept - I would definitely purchase this for my mother - who has a huge backyard and loves to garden, and now grand-kids who would love to watch bees colonize. I also think this would be cool for schools to purchase for science classes, and, of course, help repopulate bees.
Comment by Tijs Quartier on November 6, 2011 at 8:01pm
I love the concept and I would love to see it in production.
Comment by CharBee on November 9, 2011 at 3:07am

great start.... how does one inspect the colony while inside the house? How does it overwinter? How bout ventilation? Do the bees have ways to move air round for HVAC and to remove moisture from nectar to create honey? Is there a way to manage the "frames" in case you want to split or move a queen cell or drone brood?

Its awesome to see more people taking up this important design problem... the stacked box design is not for everyone.... urban beeks and older people do not need the heavy lifting and excessive honey quantities. Bravo!

Comment by CharBee on November 9, 2011 at 3:09am

Check out Beepods... another elegant design made in the USA

Comment by J a i m e Yarbrough on November 9, 2011 at 4:30am

Who do I contact, how much would it cost to start an "Urban Beehive Store" in my little rural town YESTERDAY?

We need more bee's anyway we can get them. We need more honey !  We need greater pollination. We need more pollen. 

Comment by Jamie Krasnoo on November 9, 2011 at 7:44pm

I hate to spoil the party, but as a beekeeper this concept looks cool but shouldn't be done. There are so many potentials for complications. The comb needs to be able to be removed for inspection. Simply looking through the glass is unacceptable. If this thing gets foulbrood it's done. The it will need to be removed or it will spread amongst the local commercial and feral population if other hives find it and try to rob it.

Not to mention the heightened possibility for stings and reactions. If you're within 10 feet of the active entrance, you're considered fair game for one. 

Comment by dostetan cornelia on November 11, 2011 at 4:58pm

Is a fantastic project. I thank all those who thought that!!

I am beekeeper. I want knowledge to help with your project.

I want to one Urban Beehive. I need a Urban Beehive.

Is useful for apitherapeutist....

Comment by J a i m e Yarbrough on November 11, 2011 at 6:38pm

FYI - I am deferring to the knowledge, experience and wisdom of Jamie Krasnoo. Further investigation

as revealed to me he is correct. As the saying goes ' if it looks too good to be true it probably is '



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