Projects like the Blooming Bamboo and Bamboo Micro House prove that bamboo can be a very useful building material. The Diamond Island Community Center by Vietnam's Vo Trong Nghia Architects offers a reminder that in the right hands it can be beautiful, too.
Following the severe earthquake that struck Nepal earlier this year, Italian firm Barberio Colella ARC has designed a disaster shelter dubbed Just a Minute for displaced Nepalese people. Though likely to remain on the drawing board, the shelter features some interesting ideas, including a concertina-like expandable structure that facilitates transportation.
Chinese architecture and design collective Penda reckons bamboo should be a more widespread construction material than it currently is. To promote this view, the firm produced a pavilion, dubbed Rising Canes, for this year's Beijing Design Week. The installation comprises a prototype bamboo framework that Penda envisions as a basis for a modular housing system in the future.
Building Trust International, Atelier COLE, and Habitat for Humanity
Cambodia have collaborated on a project to create affordable housing for
low-income Cambodians. The result, dubbed Framework House, is a
sustainable home that is built primarily from bamboo and wood, and it
costs just US$2,500 to build.