Yuka Yoneda

The BeeCrib is a Flat-Pack Bee Hive to Make Urban Beekeeping a Snap

by , 07/07/11

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With bee populations declining globally and monoculture farming destroying their habitats, the BeeCrib focuses on re-designing a beehive for the urban environment. Using CNC routing, the designers, from the Bachelor of Design Innovation program at Victoria University Wellington in New Zealand, created a flat-pack top bar beehive that can be assembled easily without tools or glue. The goal is to have it available through open source manufactures such as Ponoko to help hobbyist beekeeping become more accessible and affordable and thereby increase the bee population.

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3 Comments

  1. njbeekeeper July 14, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    I would have to echo sstoessel on this one. I appreciate the intention, but the execution is flawed severely. I HIGHLY doubt the designer of this beehive is an actual beekeeper. I would not risk using this hive under any circumstances.

  2. mygardenschool July 8, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    It’s nice looking. That has to be said. Though if you are short of cash, or a true environmentalist (and want to recycle wood etc) they’re not hard to make – check out natural beekeeping:

    http://www.my-garden-school.com/course/introduction-to-natural-beekeeping/

  3. sstoessel July 8, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    Where are the inside slats & frames for honeycomb? Loaded with bees and honey, this design would be pretty top-heavy & tippy. I wouldn’t put it up on your windy rooftop if I were you.

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