Urban Bees is an organisation that aims to bring bees to cities, promoting sustainable and responsible urban beekeeping. Since starting beekeeping in 2006, they have worked with an impressive range of companies and organisations across London, including the City of London Festival, the Co-Op Group and London Wildlife Trust. Co-founder Alison Benjamin kindly answered some of our questions about their work and the importance of having bees in the city.
With the world’s eyes on Brazil at the moment, who better to feature as our street art picture of the week than Cranio? Born in Sao Paulo, Cranio developed his distinctive blue ‘Indians’ as a way of depicting the indigenous people of Brazil. His work frequently has a political edge: you can see an example of his anti-World Cup street art here. This photograph was taken on Rivington Street in Shoreditch, London, near Cargo.
The sun is shining and we’re daydreaming about holidays, but we’re still thinking about sustainable architecture. Not in the office or the home this time, but on holiday and, more specifically, in hotels. Many of the luxuries that are enjoyable part of a hotel stay are, by their nature, wasteful, so hotels have to address the sustainability question in alternative ways. Just look at these five very different ‘green’ London hotels, and see how they compare.
On a sunny day in London, thoughts tend towards outdoors drinking, perhaps in one of the city’s rooftop bars. On our sustainable architecture walking tours we also tend to look up. But it’s to the city’s rooftops that are alive all year round, thanks to the rooftop gardens that are helping to make London green. Rooftop gardens have become an important element in sustainable architecture: they can improve water and air quality, not to mention increasing the biodiversity of the local area. And, for lucky workers in the buildings, it’s been proven that access to a green space can also reduce stress. Here’s a peek at five of London’s hidden green rooftops.
Here’s one of Christiaan Nagel’s mushrooms, looking splendid at the Old Street roundabout, London’s ‘Silicon Roundabout’. You can read more about this man and his mission to ‘cover the world with mushrooms’ in our interview with the artist here.