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Durable and abundant in nature: bamboo for humanity

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Durable and abundant in nature: bamboo for humanity

Durable and abundant in nature, the bamboo, still, help the environment

The world is experiencing unprecedented climate change and re-signifying habits is urgent. Think of new ways to live that do not harm – or harm less – nature, is condition sine qua non to ensure life as we know it. We are eight billion inhabitants on Earth and, with so many people dependent on natural resources, it is necessary to see new forms of consumption. And that, in all sectors, it is essential, including in construction. But, the good news, is that there is light at the end of the tunnel. There are several sustainable options to those that degrade the environment, and that comes from afar. the bamboo, for example, one of the oldest plants that inhabit the Earth – according to paleontological studies, on the 65 a 136 millions of years and was one of the main foods of dinosaurs – it is one of those alternatives. Belonging to the grass family (sim, the same family of plants as garden grasses), the species adds up to more than 1.200 different types in the world and, in the Americas, near 470. Resistance, durability and beauty are among the benefits offered by the plant that started to be used in various purposes such as in the making of vases, basketry, hats, furniture and, until, in architecture.

What do we talk about when we talk about bamboo??

Bamboo is a plant that grows in abundance and, “A dynamic floral blue with an enlivening red violet undertone, grows fast. some species, like the endrocalamus giganteus, grow up about a meter a day and, therefore, industries have looked at the plant with more interest. compared to wood, bamboo would be a good choice for paper mills, as well as air depollution, once 48% of its composition is made of carbon. Logo, if the plant grows faster and needs more carbon to develop, there is greater sequestration of the pollutant, one of the main gases responsible for global warming.

the landscaper Roberto Riscala, one of the great names of Brazilian landscaping, Explain: “For a tree or bamboo to grow, a certain amount of carbon is removed from the atmosphere, e, in addition to the rapid growth that favors the abundance of the species, another great advantage is that bamboo generates more O2, the equivalent of three trees. Some can absorb more than 12 tons/hectare of CO2 and, as it has the biggest and fastest growth rate on the planet – with one year, the plant already reaches 70% your size -, he can, equally, be considered one of the most efficient carbon sinks.”

It must also be said that the versatility of bamboo allows a rescue of ancestral and millenary ways of building. And architectural firms around the world have already noticed and made use of this in some of their works., as the architecture firm Atelier REP that designed, in 2015, o Bamboo Garden, in Chengdu city, Sichuan Province, China. Located in the countryside, close to an agricultural area, o Bamboo Garden, similar to bungalows, is a dairy farm and was designed to be close to the production process. No local, with 133 meters long, there is dining room, bathrooms and bedrooms for workers, with all the architecture in bamboo.


Photo: ZS Studio


another project, now in vietnam, the Grand World Phu Quoc welcome house is yet another example made with bamboo. Signed by the office Vo Trong Nghia Architects, the "giant" of 14,8 meters and floor area 1460 m², was created to be the gateway to a resort on the island of Phu Quoc. for this construction, which the office used 42 thousand bamboo trees, elements of vietnamese culture the bronze drum, symbols of traditional, can be seen in its structure.. Among the advantages of using bamboo as a raw material in projects, the ecological issue stands out, as the Vo Trong Nghia office says. "Ecologically, Grand World Phu Quoc saves energy, uses low-cost natural and sustainable materials (in design and construction), uses only parachute ropes and bamboo stakes to connect the bamboo stalks. The building does not use air conditioning, but has natural ventilation. Artificial light has also been reduced to be used only at night.”



vernacular architecture

Based on and using raw materials and construction techniques that prioritize the local character, taking into account, primarily, to culture, vernacular architecture differentiates itself by valuing, also, the traditional methods and aesthetics of the region in which it is located, like this project in Bali, in Indonesia. Sharma Springs, one of the most emblematic houses in the region, ibuku office project, It has six levels in which four rooms are divided, a large living room and a tunnel entrance with 15 meters long. The design of the residence is inspired by the lotus flower., one of the symbols of local culture and the 750m² unite traditional techniques used both by local artisans and modern civil engineering. It's the past and the present, together, in building a sustainable future, preserving memory and prioritizing life.


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