BAMBOO AS CONSTRUCTION MATERIAL
ODE TO BAMBOO
“A man can settle in a bamboo house under a bamboo roof, in a bamboo chair at a bamboo table, with a bamboo hat on his head and bamboo sandals on his feet. He can, at the same time, hold a bamboo bowl in one hand, bamboo chopsticks in the other hand, and eat bamboo shoots. When he finishes his meal, which has been cooked over a bamboo fire, the table can be washed with a bamboo cloth, and he can fan himself with a bamboo fan, take a siesta on a bamboo bed, lying down on a bamboo mat, with your head resting on a bamboo pillow. Your child can rest in a bamboo crib, playing with a bamboo toy. Upon getting up he would smoke a bamboo pipe and, with a bamboo pen, write on bamboo paper, or carry his things in a bamboo basket suspended by a bamboo stick, with a bamboo umbrella over his head. He can then take a walk on a bamboo suspension bridge, drink water from a bamboo shell, and scratch himself with a bamboo scraper. ”
Taken from GEIL, William Edgar. A Yankee on the Yangtze. London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1904. In: Yangtze Patrol. Kemp Tolley. Annapolis: U. S.
Naval Institute Press, 1971. p. 268.
The history of bamboo as a building material is well over a thousand years old and is in the process of being perfected today.
2009 Participation in a course in bamboo construction by the engineering company Bioestrutura Engenharia Ltda. This course took place in the remote town of Cavalcante, GO on the edge of the Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park.
A highly qualified and experienced team builds completely organic bamboo chalets.
Course participations are being trained by reputable and certified hands-on experts.
Self-made mud brick bamboo constructions help to develop a sustainable, contemporary, state-of-the-art architecture.
Source: Photos Frank Dahmen
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