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Faculty: Nancy Smith

There are many important solitary bees in New York City who provide pollination across a wide range of plants. The bee houses in this collection are intended for Mason Bees. These bee houses experiment with different forms, and different kinds of digital technologies. They are designed to be used in gardens, balconies, and backyards.

This beehouse has different colored tubes to help bees navigate to their home.


This beehouse has humidity and temperature sensors to ensure that the bees are in a hospitable environment.


This is a modular beehouse that incorporates plants.


This bee house uses a moisture sensor to check on the plant’s wellbeing.


This bee house uses bamboo and cardboard tubes.


A supply of water is provided for the bees.
This poster highlights many of the solitary bees that call NYC home.


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