Initially the structure is assembled to a simple housing unit, that can accommodate one family. It includes outdoor spaces and is filled with plants for shadowing and food production.
By taking bamboo canes from the seeded bamboo-forest and plant 2 new plants for every cane harvested, it empowers a resource for the structure and so for its natural environment.
When the number of inhabitants expands, the structure is able to grow at the same pace. Bamboo from the adjoining grooves gets harvested and directly integrated into the structure, making no further transportation or material processing necessary. Community spaces and areas for food production are extended accordingly turning the structure into a self-sufficient habitat.
As the number of inhabitants keeps on growing the structure is extended to a continuous, yet diverse structure, that accommodate multiple families. The bamboo that grew from the surrounding forest is integrated into the structure, directly linking the structure with its environment. It is also further utilized to produce clothing and food within the community, which results in a increased self-sufficiency and sustainability of the community.
As the village is growing to a larger urban configuration, the structural principle is used to create further facilities like communal spaces, a hotel for visitors and even bridges or floating structures.
bamboo natively occurs in Africa, Asia, Australia, North- and South America. Bamboos favorable growing zone mostly lie within economically developing areas. There, a further development of bamboo cultivation can be a major opportunity for an economically and ecologically sustainable development and key sector for rural industrialization and poverty reduction. Worldwide the biggest bamboo producers are China, India and Vietnam, with China holding 79% of the worlds bamboo production. Anji County in Zhejiang Province is the biggest bamboo production area in China, producing 12 Mio commercial bamboo poles annually. The world bamboo market is currently worth 7bn USD/year (2010), with an expectation to grow up to 17bn USD in 2017.
...bamboo matures and can be harvested within 4-6 years reaching up to 40m height, compared to that, any tree species needs 30-60 years to be ready to harvest...Baomboo can grow up to 1.4m a day. Bamboo produces up to 35% more oxygen than a comparable stand of trees while absorbing an equally large amount of carbon dioxide. When bamboo poles are cut, the root system stays alive and regrows by itself. Thereby bamboo prevents soil erosion and exaggerated water runoff, even in commercially cultivated groves.Additionally bamboo doesn’t need to be replanted. After harvesting it regrows by itself from its rizomatic root system.
Bamboo...As a Material
..traditionally bamboo is mainly used as building and scaffolding material, food, medicine and the production of everyday objects. Today's use is extended to paper, clothing and further applications like bicycle frames, musical instruments and kitchenware. Still, after bamboo was rediscovered by the building industry the fastest growing markets are bamboo as a substitute for hardwood flooring, building panels and furniture.Bamboo is 2-3 times stronger than a steel beam of the same weight. Due to its exceptionally high flexibility, it is the ideal material for earthquake-safe buildings.