MaliArts designs city-chic beehives to save solitary bees

November 5, 2018 by  
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We’re big fans of beautifully designed urban beehives on Inhabitat, and Mexico-based design studio MaliArts’ new shelters for solitary bees are just as buzz-worthy. Dubbed ‘Refugio,’ the project currently consists of three distinct and sculptural beehives aimed at attracting different species of solitary bees. Built with natural materials, each shelter offers a resting place and access to food and water for the insects. When most of us think about bees, it’s the sociable honey bees and bumblebees that first spring to mind. However, the solitary bees — which, as the name suggests, are lone bees that don’t belong to any colony — make up most of the bee species around the world. Though they’re less popularly known because they typically produce neither honey nor beeswax (and have a weak or nonexistent sting), solitary bees are powerful pollinators and have important roles to play in our food system. “When we talk about bees, we usually imagine the European honey bee ( Apis mellifera ) when in reality, around 90 percent of the bee species are considered solitary,” Gabriel Calvillo of MaliArts told  Dezeen . “The fact that solitary bees do not generate any ‘consumable product’ for humans has meant that they are not given much attention, but recent studies point to the fact that they are possibly the most efficient pollinators in nature.” Related: 6 buzz-worthy backyard beehive designs To bring attention to these bees and create habitats for the endangered insects, MaliArts created three Refugio structures each tailored to the different nesting and refuge preferences of solitary bees. Stylish enough for a wide range of urban settings, each bee hotel is built of  pine  and teak wood finished with natural oil, a ceramic roof or body and steel legs. Feeders and waterers are integrated into the design. Each shelter will also be accompanied by explanatory reading material for passersby. + MaliArts Via Dezeen Images via MaliArts

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A 1928 Spanish bungalow gets some high-tech, energy-efficient upgrades

November 5, 2018 by  
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This incredibly charming Spanish bungalow in San Jose, California might have been built in 1928, but the 759-square-foot home has been retrofitted with some seriously high-tech features to convert it into a modern, energy-efficient powerhouse. While retaining some of its original features, the home was upgraded with rooftop solar panels and an electric vehicle charging port. Best of all, this bungalow just went on the market, meaning all of this energy-efficient cuteness can be yours for  $798,000 . Located on a corner lot with a large backyard, the two bedroom, one bath Spanish bungalow is a beautiful space with lots of character. The interior is bright and airy, with high ceilings and plenty of windows. To give the home a modern makeover, the interior and exterior were repainted and new tiles floors were installed in the kitchen and bathroom. Although the renovation process was focused on modernizing the living space, the home’s original wood floors, stained glass windows and wood-burning fireplace were retained. Related: An old bungalow is transformed into an award-winning home with a modern extension To create an energy-efficient space , the home was retrofitted with several modern amenities. The roof is home to new solar panels, and there is a charging port for electric vehicles. The backyard was also given a resilient makeover with drought-tolerant landscaping and mature trees. The calming outdoor area will allow the new homeowners to enjoy a brand new hot tub, which sits next to a serene seating area covered by a pergola. The charismatic  cottage is within walking distance from downtown San Jose and historic Japantown, where the new homeowners can enjoy the many shops, markets and eateries. The home is also just one mile from the proposed BART Station slated to open in the near future. + Coldwell Banker Photography by f8 Media via Coldwell Banker  

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16 green holiday gifts for gardeners and backyard farmers

December 5, 2017 by  
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Gardening, backyard farming, and homesteading have become more popular than ever, and chances are you have at least one green thumb to shop for this holiday season. From monthly seed subscription boxes to eco-friendly gardening tools , terrarium kits , and even backyard beehive s, we’ve rounded up some fabulous gift ideas for plant lovers of all ages and abilities. Check out what we’ve found in this year’s Green Holiday Gift Guide! GIFTS FOR THE GREEN THUMB >

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Wolfgang Buttress Hive is brought back to life in the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew

June 17, 2016 by  
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First installed at the world expo last spring, the multi-award-winning Hive was disassembled at the end of the event and moved to the Kew Gardens, where it was reassembled as the UK’s first-ever rebuilt Expo pavilion. Its lattice-like design was inspired by the lifespan of the honeybee and “highlights the important role of bees and other pollinators in feeding the planet,” says Stage One. The complex structure comprises nearly 170,000 parts assembled in 32 horizontal layers with hexagonal cells for a metal honeycomb effect. Each piece was etched with a reference number to make reassembly a possibility. Related: Wolfgang Buttress-Led Team Wins Bid to Design 2015 UK Milan Expo Pavilion More than just an elaborate artwork, the Hive serves an educational purpose and guides visitors through a multi-sensory experience simulating a real beehive . An array of almost 1,000 LEDs line the Hive’s internal void and are complemented with orchestral sound recordings. Sensors that monitor activity within a real beehive at Kew control the light and sound intensity. The Hive will stay at the London gardens until the end of 2017. + Wolfgang Buttress + Stage One Via Dezeen Images via Stage One

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First installed at the world expo last spring, the multi-award-winning Hive was disassembled at the end of the event and moved to the Kew Gardens, where it was reassembled as the UK’s first-ever rebuilt Expo pavilion. Its lattice-like design was inspired by the lifespan of the honeybee and “highlights the important role of bees and other pollinators in feeding the planet,” says Stage One. The complex structure comprises nearly 170,000 parts assembled in 32 horizontal layers with hexagonal cells for a metal honeycomb effect. Each piece was etched with a reference number to make reassembly a possibility. Related: Wolfgang Buttress-Led Team Wins Bid to Design 2015 UK Milan Expo Pavilion More than just an elaborate artwork, the Hive serves an educational purpose and guides visitors through a multi-sensory experience simulating a real beehive . An array of almost 1,000 LEDs line the Hive’s internal void and are complemented with orchestral sound recordings. Sensors that monitor activity within a real beehive at Kew control the light and sound intensity. The Hive will stay at the London gardens until the end of 2017. + Wolfgang Buttress + Stage One Via Dezeen Images via Stage One

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Flow Hive: New crowdsourced project lets beekeepers harvest honey on demand

February 23, 2015 by  
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We know that honeybees are having a rough time , so we’re very excited to hear about Flow Hive —a new honey collection and extraction system that allows beekeepers to easily harvest honey from their hives by quite literally having it on tap. The result of 10 years of careful research and design from Australian father and son duo Stuart and Cedar Anderson, the Flow system replaces regular frames in standard beehives and means beekeepers can ‘rob’ their hives without having to open them, disturb the bees or risk being stung. The Flow Hive blew its Indiegogo campaign out of the water on its first day, receiving more than $1 million in pledges. Click through to read more about the design that could revolutionize beekeeping and that makes it so much easier for backyard beekeepers to do their bit to help honeybees and their vital pollination work . Read the rest of Flow Hive: New crowdsourced project lets beekeepers harvest honey on demand Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Animals , apiculture , beehive , beekeeping , bees , colony collapse disorder , Flow Frames , Flow Hive , Gardening , honey , honey extraction , honey extraction without disturbing bees , Honey Flow , honey on tap , insects , pollinators , urban beekeeping

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Peter Kogler’s spectacular graphic illusions take visitors into a dizzying swirling vortex

February 23, 2015 by  
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18 Green Gifts for the Home

November 30, 2014 by  
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  A house becomes a home when it’s filled with the energy of those who live there, and the houseware items  we’ve put together for this year’s gift guide can help make a home as luminous and eco-friendly as possible. Recycled glass tumblers, sustainable bamboo bowls, and the cutest little hedgehog dryer buddies ever are just a few of the gems  we’ve found that can help make this holiday the greenest yet. GREEN ECO-GIFTS FOR THE HOME > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: adjust-a-bowl , apartment laundry machine , apiary , bamboo bowls , bamboo cutting board , bamboo toothbrushes , bee hive , beehive , bowl , bowl covers , bowls , candle , candles , castile soap , compost , compost pail , cork , Cork Bowl , cotton bowl covers , cotton paper towels , countertop compost pail , cutting board , Dr. Bronners , dryer hedgehogs , eco candle , eco christmas , eco friendly presents , eco holiday , eco soy candle , eco xmas , eco-friendly gifts , eco-friendly gifts for the home , environmentally friendly gifts , environmentally friendly presents , gifts for the home , green christmas , green gift guide , green holiday , green holidaygift guide , green presents , green xmas , guest toothbrush , hedgehogs , hemp produce bags , home gifts , home presents , household gifts , household presents , Kikkerland , laundry pod , map coasters , neighbourhoods , organic cotton , produce bags , recycled glass , recycled glasses , soy candles , stainless steel straws , steel straws , straws , throw blankets , Williams-Sonoma

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Charge Your Smartphone On-the-Go with Tommy Hilfiger’s New Solar-Powered Jacket

November 30, 2014 by  
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Are you a busy person who constantly forgets to charge her phone? If yes, you may be interested in Tommy Hilfiger’s new solar-powered field jacket. Designed to help give mobile electronics a boost of on-the-go juice, the waterproof jacket combines flexible solar panels with stylish tartan wool patterns. The jacket is available in two different styles and half of the proceeds of the jacket will be donated to the Fresh Air Fund , a NYC non-profit that reunites low-income children with nature. READ MORE> Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: flexible solar panels , Fresh Air fund , smartphone , solar panel jacket , solar panels , Solar Power , solar powered jacket , tommy hilfiger , wearables

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Sustainable Ruche Shelves Harness Beehive Aesthetics and Geometry

November 6, 2014 by  
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No screws, glues, or other fasteners are required to assemble Ruche —a sustainable shelving system created by industrial designer Ruthy Shafrir . This smart shelving unit is designed to be different: available in either cardboard or aluminum, it has a distinctive geometric shape that contributes to its stability and strength. It comes in three sizes and four colors, and is made entirely of r ecycled and recyclable materials. Flat-packed for low carbon footprint shipping, Ruche has been made with particular attention to high-quality, low-impact materials and manufacturing, and its “piece of cake” assembly doesn’t require any tools or special skills whatsoever. Just slide the pieces together, and you have a storage system that’s perfect for anything you choose to stack into it. Check out Ruche’s Kickstarter campaign now to get one of your own! + Ruche on Kickstarter + Ruche Shelving The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: aluminium , Aluminum , beehive , cardboard , cardboard furniture , kickstarter , Recycled aluminum , recycled cardboard , recycled shelves , Ruche , Ruche Kickstarter , ruche shelves , ruche shelving , ruche shelving system , Ruthy Shafrir , shelving system , sustainable shelves , sustainable shelving

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