January 31IN: NewsINDUSTRIAL DESIGN FINALIST 2016/IVAN BROWN My design is a concrete beehive... ShareMy design is a concrete beehive.Beekeepers lose up to 30 percent of their stock and equipment each year due to vandalism and theft. Beehives are kept in locations where they cannot be inspected regularly and the hives are often damaged by people, animals or extreme weather conditions. Standard wooden hives also deteriorate over time and can cause bees to abscond.Bees are also under threat globally due to diseases such as American Foul Brood (AFB). The practice of migratory beekeeping is a leading cause of the spread of the disease, however, farmers view beekeeping as too risky to undertake themselves. The current method of preventing the spread of AFB involves burning infected hives and their contents.My solution is a permanent concrete beehive that will help farmers and beekeepers to create more sustainable apiaries. I have designed a concrete beehive that will reduce the risk of theft and vandalism, improve the bee colony’s insulation and thermoregulation and support good beekeeping practices.Concrete provides key values such as durability, insulation and weight. However, the ease of use and ecological effectiveness will need to be addressed through well-considered and innovative design work.To test the success of the final outcome, I will introduce a swarm of bees to the hive and measure its progress.Related ArticlesMarch 21IN: NewsEMERGING TALENT POPS UP AT THE AVA GALLERY March 13IN: NewsTalent From Emerging Creatives Showcases At Pop-Up Exhibition At Nelson Mandela University Bird Street Gallery, Port ElizabethMarch 06IN: NewsMeet the Judges - Pieter Mathews, 2019February 18IN: NewsMeet the judges – Adelheid von Maltitz, 2019February 15IN: NewsMeet Judge & Curator Stephen HobbsFebruary 15IN: NewsDon’t forget the deadline!