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Monday28 July 2014

Architecture Foundation launches beehive design competition

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The Architecture Foundation has launched an international competition to design urban beehives.

It is hoped that winning submissions will be mass-produced and installed at sites across the central London areas of Holborn, Bloomsbury and St Giles.

The competition has been organised by the foundation on behalf of Inmidtown, the business improvement district for the area.

Last year Inmidtown launched Midtown Buzz, an initiative that provides free beehives and bee-keeping training to help people produce their own honey.

During the first year of the imitative it emerged that traditional beehives were not ideal for use in urban areas.

As well as beehives, design teams have been asked to consider proposals for bird/bat boxes and planters.

Sarah Ichioka, director at the Architecture Foundation, said: “This competition offers people the chance to produce innovative designs that set a new standard for welcoming nature into the city.

“The client’s commitment to produce the resultant bee-hives, bird-boxes and planters in volume makse the opportunity particularly appealing.”

Deadline for submissions is November 28. Shortlisted designs will be prototyped and displayed next February with the winner announced following the exhibition.

Applicants can find more information about the project here. http://www.architecturefoundation.org.uk/programme/2011/design-competition-inmidtown-habitats

 

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