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Bamboo on the Internet for September

A compilation of posts on the Internet about bamboo from Google Alerts in September:

River rafting• Inspired by the La Balsas rafts, the Shearwater Steiner School in northern NSW made a bamboo raft and took a trip. If this looks tempting, you might like to try it in Borneo. Insect repellent tops the list of things to bring for this trip.

• Like the look of bamboo but worry about it invading? Try artificial bamboo. Follow the links for pictures.

Bamboo house

Bamboo house

• Online architecture and design magazine Dezeen featured a prototype bamboo house in Vietnam designed to withstand floods up to three metres above ground. From there I followed links to posts about the stunning Wind and Water Bar and more light and spacious low-cost bamboo housing. Continue reading

What to do with those leftover tubes?

Bamboo tubes

Bamboo tubes waiting patiently

In the course of creating bamboo candles and bamboo pots for Shop for Bamboo, there remains, usually, sections of tubes or cylinders. These are stacked on shelves awaiting some inspired idea for their use.

Then I saw this house designed for the climate in Costa Rica by architect Benjamin Garcia Saxe featured on the dornob.com website. I’m guessing that the bamboo used is Guadua, a giant bamboo native to Costa Rica well suited for structural work.

Guadua bamboo seems to be the mainstay of the The National Bamboo Project of Costa Rica. The Project was established with the dual aims of reducing deforestation by replacing timber with bamboo as a primary building material and providing low cost housing for Costa Rica’s rural poor.

The way the tubes are used becomes even clearer inside the house. The view to the ceiling is said to be reminiscent of leaves.

Given the right situation, this house may well be my dream home. Light, airy, spacious and private. And who wouldn’t want a paw paw tree growing in their lounge room?