With the ever-diminishing number of bees worldwide, there has been an increase in urban beehives and a focus on beekeeping in cities where the insects normally suffer the most on their journeys.
Various ways of helping these ecosystem-sustaining critters have been designed. For instance, the city of Oslo, Norway created a nectar-rich bee highway that includes rooftop hives and schoolyard gardens that have planted flowers for bees to feed and rest at every 250 meters. Other innovative designs to help these pollinators thrive are more technologically advanced like the 'Hivemind' app connecting a hive scale to an urban beekeeper's smartphone. This type of innovation helps move the traditional trade of beekeeping into the modern world, using technology to its advantage.
With honey bees pollinating a third of the food we eat, these urban beehives and beekeeping projects are ever more important in our increasingly industrial world.
From Gentle Beekeeping Projects to Sleek Urban Beehives
Nectar-Rich Bee Highways
Oslo Planted Bee-Friendly Flowers to Support the Dwindling Bee Population
Gentle Beekeeping Projects
Crown Bee's Initiative to Protect the Bees Highlights Native Bees
Open Sourced Beehives
The Open Sourced Beehive Projects Hopes to Stop Vanishing Honey Bees
'Hivemind' Has Created WiFi-Connected Hive Scales for Backyard Beekeepers
Public Bee-Saving Projects
The Open Source Beehives Project Fights Colony Collapse Disorder
Helpful Bee Benches
This Bench Sculpture Offers Bees Rest and Encourages Interspecies Friendship
The New Beehive Design Allows Beekeepers to Extract Honey Without Opening Hives
Cylindrical Concrete Beehives
The Apiarium Hive Accommodates Bees in Urban Spaces
Sleek Urban Beehives
The Philips Urban Beehive is the Perfect Piece for the Budding Beekeeper
Wooden Rooftop Beehives
The Vulkan Beehive by Snohetta is Intricate
Spiralling Beekeeping Sculptures
Ru Urban Beehive Embraces the Shrinking Population of Pollinators