Building With Bamboo: Design And Technology Of A Sustainable Architecture
di Gernot Minke
Bamboo is a versatile and sustainable building material. Traditionally a building material of hot climate zones in Asia and Latin America, bamboo is now being increasingly discovered by architects of the northern hemisphere as well. It is lightweight, highly elastic and ductile, and in addition possesses qualities especially in demand in an era of limited resources: renewability and abundant availability. Architects and engineers have significantly widened the applications of bamboo in recent years and today even wide-span bridges can be built from it. Impressed with its technical and aesthetic possibilities, European, Japanese, and North American architects have adopted bamboo for a variety of construction tasks, ranging from exclusive private residences to experimental pavilions, and from airy canopies to schools or museums. The book provides a detailed manual for bamboo constructions and presents a broad selection of built examples, among them the spectacular bamboo pavilions of the 2010 Shanghai World Exposition, a multi-storey car park in Leipzig, the Nomadic Museum in Mexico City, and Richard Rogers' Terminal 4 at Madrid Airport.