bringing the beehive to suburban and apartment living

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(Found via Inhabitat: Philips Unveils Sexy Urban Beehive Concept.)

As part of their Microbial Homes initiative, designers at Philips have come up with an ingenious urban beehive that would allow everyone from suburban families to studio apartment dwellers to keep and raise bees. The beehive consists of two parts: An entryway and flowerpot that attaches to the outside of a window, allowing bees to come and go as they need.  And a glass enclosed honeycomb on the inside that allows users to see and interact with the beehive from within their homes. This piece also allows for easy, no mess honey collection. The beehive also comes with a smoker to calm the bees if and when the hive needs to be cleaned.

It may be easy to scoff at the idea of keeping bees in a studio apartment, but the more I think about this the more I think about the common ant farm. If you told someone, “I’m going to give your kids a colony of ants to play with,” you’d say it was preposterous. But when designed within an inclosed plastic frame it seems perfectly reasonable — even delightful. I don’t see a huge leap between the common ant farm and the concept urban beehive. The only difference is that the urban beehive would be useful — giving the user an endless supply of fresh honey and helping boost bee populations, which are threatened by Colony Collapse Disorder.

If Philips decided to actually release the urban beehive, the company should market it to suburban homes as well as urbanites. The urban application requires an indoor and outdoor piece, which is complicated by having to put a hole in a glass window — if you rent, forget about it. However, suburban home owners could easily put this in their backyards on a free-standing pole, eliminating the need for the indoor/outdoor complication. Suburban families have embraced bird houses and bat houses, why not a well-designed, attractive and easy to use beehive?

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Hi, I’m davidconell. I’m married, have two kids and live in the world’s greatest planned community. To make money, I serve as the director of digital marketing for Ocean Conservancy. Most recently, I made money as an associate director of digital media for strategic communications at The Nature Conservancy, which is a long way of saying I set the web strategy for a fairly big part of the organization (but not all of it). Before that, I was a web editor for the American Society of Landscape Architects, where I wrote and edited their email newslettercreated their blog, recorded some podcasts with well-known landscape architects, managed their website, took late-night calls about server outages and dealt with pretty much anything having to do with the www dots. ASLA has a cool green roof, which you should really check out. I learned the ways of the force and fell in love with Apple products while working for Advisor Today magazine. In 2001, the magazine needed a website, so I teamed with a designer and a developer to make one. We ran it for a while and won some awards. I made a little money doing this as well. During some of the time I was with Advisor Today, I went to American University, earned a Masters of Fine Arts in Fiction and wrote a short story cycle/novella. No, it has not been published, but someday I’d like to self-publish it for my family and friends. I didn’t make any money doing this. In a former life I was a reporter for some very scary publications – some of which are now defunct. These jobs pretty well sucked, but I met my wife while doing them so it all worked out in the end. I claim Danville, Pennsylvania as my hometown, because it’s where my heart lies. I attended Dickinson College, which is an amazing place that I didn’t appreciate nearly enough while I was there. If I could be anywhere in the world right now, it would be Duck, North Carolina; Chamonix, France; or Caherdaniel, County Kerry. If you’re reading this sentence and just got choked up a little, you know who you are. Enjoy…

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