Bees and other polinators, are increasingly under threat due to urbanization. Pollination is a fundamental process for the survival of our ecosystems. Solitary bees do not produce honey, do not have a queen and do not live in hives. So we need to protect the natural habitat for the pollinators.
Some designers also presented a homemade habitat for solitary bees which some of them can be our quarantine hobby. Here are some creations of beehouses:…
1. Insectology Food For Buzz: a project from Dutch Design Week in 2018 by Matilde Boulhouwer which we’re developing a series of flowers meant as a emergency food source to support our declining insect population.
Each self-sustaining flower is made up of laser-cut screen-printed polyester petals, with a small 3D-printed container attached at the centre, which is connected to a hollow 3D-printed stem. These containers are used to collect and contain rainwater, which is transported down the stem to a tank containing sugar, where the two mix together. The solution is then automatically pumped back up into the small containers.
2. Ductal Pollinator Pavilion: a new inhabitant for solitary bees.
The pavillion in NY is a wooden structure supporting 300 cast concrete panels, where 5,000 solitary bees can make their home in nesting tubes in the panels. And there is limited research on solitary bee habitats and nesting behavior, so Ductal put advanced camera technology put in place to monitor how the bees act and live in it over time. The project was awarded third place at the New York City Media Lab Tech Expo of 2018.
This Mexico-based creative MaliArts Studio built like apartment complexes, or co-op living, for the six-legged friends. One unit features a large, ceramic cone. Another uses a lip to capture water to drink. This shelter taking care of the three basic needs (shelter, food, and water) for the bees in areas where the needs have become scarce.
4. Bee Home: IKEA Space10 in Copenhagen, in collaboration with designer Tanita Klein and Bakken & Bæck, Ikea have launched Bee Home – a free and open-source design that enables anyone, anywhere, to support their local pollinators and take action in preserving the world’s biodiversity.
BeeHome explores how we can inspire people to solve this global challenge in a playful and accessible way. Through a digital platform that allows anyone to design, customise and download their own Bee Home, we hope to offer a vision of how democratic design can help rebalance our relationship with the planet.
5. Knaves Turn’d Honest: an artificial habitat exploring the crossovers and slippages of (im)perceptible communication between humans and solitary bees – by Chad Morgan Connery in California and Anca Matyiku from McGill University.
A broken pattern of indigo dominates the surface in order to titillate its future inhabitants. Invisible to the bees, a speckled red peak makes it easy to spot across the field by its human caretakers. To further appeal to pollinator communities, a layer of transparent ultra-violet reflective paint is stenciled onto the sides to simulate the glow of pollen dust.
It is giving back to nature, especially the wild insects of London. By creating these habitats for the wildlife of the city of London, the goal of the project is to help insects to find a refuge, nest and hibernate within the city, to protect themselves and find a suitable environment for their needs.
7. GENESIS Eco Screen: an urban and insect habitat installation project by German company Big Rep which completely printed from recycled materials designed by Lindsay Lawson, an Applications Specialist at NOWLAB.
The design process ensures that each GENESIS iteration has ideal placement for its plants, insect habitats, and embedded channels for water flow and drainage for the setting it will be installed in. It is installed in Berlin, Germany at Invalidenstraße 86 where Germany’s Federal Center of Excellence for the Cultural and Creative Industries.
8. Wildhomes For Wildlife: IKEA work with UK artists and designers to create a collection of animal habitats using items of its repurposed furniture. The project was masterminded by IKEA’s creative partner, the advertising agency Mother, to promote the opening of IKEA Greenwich.
Architects Sash Scott and Tamsin Hanke created the freestanding Hachi bee house from Industriell and Verberod benches. Participated architecturs and artists are Adam Nathaniel Furman, Hattie Newman, Supermundane, Je Ahn – Studio Weave, Beep Studio and many others.
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