Honey in a post-bee world – Levente Kiss Botond’s award-winning design fiction

Date: 2022.07.04
Ice caps melting, cities flooded, tropical coral reefs deteriorating – seen from Central Europe, extreme consequences of climate change seem remote and obscure

Levente Kiss Botond’s regional vision however is of a Hungary in 2050, when bees have disappeared as a result of climate warming. As a designer, he foresees a problem for the future and proposes a speculative response based on current data and with expert involvement. His design fiction won the student award of the international Core77 magazine.

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