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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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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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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These Earthen “Beehive” Houses Have Been Keeping Syrians Naturally Cool for Centuries

June 18, 2014 by  
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Konstantin Grcic Constructs Mobile Prefab Pavilion from Audi TT Sports Cars at Design Miami/Basel

June 18, 2014 by  
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Philips’ Sexy Urban Beehive Concept Lets Apartment-Dwellers Harvest Honey

February 19, 2014 by  
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Philips’ just unveiled a new concept for an urban beehive that would allow anyone to become an amateur bee keeper – even those who live in apartments with no backyards. The pod-like hive attaches to a hole cut into a pane of glass. Once affixed, the glass covered pod on the inside of the window would allow you to peer into the hive while the white entryway on the outside would allow the bees the freedom come and go. Best of all, with the pull of a small cord you can have all of the fresh honey your heart desires. Read the rest of Philips’ Sexy Urban Beehive Concept Lets Apartment-Dwellers Harvest Honey Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bee keeper , bee keeping , bee keeping equipment , bee problems , beehive , how to keep a beehive , Philips , philips bee keeper gadget , philips beekeeper , urban beehive , urban bees        

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