Grow your own house: Simón Vélez und die Bambusarchitektur

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Vitra Design Museum, 2000 - Architecture - 255 pages
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Bamboo, which has been used as building material for centuries and is widely available (35 million acres worldwide are covered in bamboo), is being rediscovered today. Its cost-effectiveness and ability to endure adverse environmental forces make it one of the preeminent construction materials on the planet. Bamboo's unique aesthetic appearance has been exploited in design and furniture building.The highly visual and engaging Grow Your Own House will open your eyes to the beauty and lightness of bamboo structures and designs. Bamboo -- a widely available and renewable resource almost as strong as steel, yet very light -- lends itself to architectural experiments. Buckminster Fuller, Frei Otto, Renzo Piano, Shoei Yoh, and Arata Isozaki are a few of the millions of people worldwide using bamboo to create space and structure around them.Author and architect Simon Velez pioneered bamboo construction in his home country of Colombia. His most recent and spectacular project, which is prominently featured in Grow Your Own House, is the Expo 2000 pavilion for the ZERI Foundation. At over 120 feet in diameter and over 50 feet high, it is one of the largest bamboo structures in the world.Grow Your Own House includes all the latest trends of this cutting-edge revival. The integration of the seeming dichotomies of high-tech and sustainability, global thinking and regional traditions definitely makes the future look brighter. This lavishly and colorfully illustrated volume is published in dual languages (German and English).

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About the author (2000)

Marcelo Villegas is the author of Villegas' book, "Tropical Bamboo,"
Simon Velez conducts workshops on the structural use of natural materials for construction in Colombia and abroad.
Ximena Londono, a specialist in taxonomic botany of the American bamboo, has worked for the Natural History Museum at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C.
Jean Dethier is a practicing architect and an advisor to the Department of Architecture at the Centre George Pompidou in Paris.
The Japanese architect Shigeru Ban designed the all-bamboo Japanese Pavillion at Expo-Hanover 2000.
Frey Otto, the author of books on the structural values of bamboo, lives in Germany.

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