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U of M hosts international design competition for bee houses

Competition hopes to encourage urban beekeeping

The University of Manitoba is bringing attention to North America's declining bee populations by hosting an international design competition for bee houses

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The University of Manitoba is bringing attention to North America's declining bee populations by hosting an international design competition for bee houses

The University of Manitoba is inviting designers buzzing with creativity to help design new homes for bees.

Called BEE/ HOUSE/ LAB, the international design competition, hosted by the faculties of entomology and architecture, aims to draw attention to North America's declining bee populations by encouraging more people to take up beekeeping in their own backyards.

“Around the world, pollinator insects are under threat from unintended consequences of parasites and pathogens, pesticide use, habitat loss and climate change, especially in urban areas,” Robert Currie, professor of entomology, said in a recent news release.

The competition will require contestants to design bee houses that can hold between 80-100 solitary nesting bees, which could vary in species.

Joyce Hwang, associate professor of architecture at the University of Buffalo, and Michael Loverich, co-director of a design farm in New York, will act as jurors.

The school says they will assess submissions based on functionality, as well as “innovation, excellence in design and constructionability.”

Finalists will then have their designs prototyped, and installed around the university’s campus to be field-tested.

Submissions will be accepted from Mar.31- April 20.

The school says a winner will be announced on April 25. 

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