Urban Beehive Brings Together Sustainability, Cool Design
In New York City, urban beekeepers are often found in the outer boroughs, with boxy, bulky beehives that require a funny looking hat (and possibly a suit) for protection from the busy insects when they go to collect honey. Not very stylish.
Philips, however, has a design that could make beekeeping a bit more realistic for those who want to combine sustainability and a cool aesthetic, as well as making the whole project of beekeeping easier. Their Urban Beehive is mounted on a wall, with the outdoor portion holding a small flower garden and the indoor side equipped with a transparent bubble that lets you see the bees, as well as a smoke actuator that calms them down for when you want to collect the honey.
It isn’t in production yet, but the idea fits in with many products geared to urban gardening. The only obstacle would be local regulations – in cities like New York the beehives have to be set up in areas where they don’t interfere with pedestrians, and it isn’t clear how mounting one of these in an apartment window or row-house wall would be received by neighbors. But given that bee colonies have been collapsing, give Philips points for coming up with something that might help keep more bee colonies going.