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.
Bicycles made from bamboo stalks are becoming increasingly common, but Greensboro, Alabama’s HERObike takes a different approach to using the material. At last year’s North American Handmade Bicycle Show, we saw some HERObike frames sporting carbon-fiber-reinforced tubes made from woven bamboo
. At this year's show
, the company was showing off its upcoming Bamboost e-bike, which features a composite frame that adds balsa wood and 3D-printed parts to the mix.
As water shortage is a serious issue in many parts of the world, a means of efficiently harnessing safe drinking water from thin air without the need of expensive infrastructure could be a real lifesaver. Italy's Architecture and Vision is developing an off-grid bamboo tower called Warka Water that promises just that: the firm says it could collect an annual average of up to 100 liters (26.4 US gallons) of water per day.
If the amount of crowdfunding being thrown at standing desks is anything to go by, it won't be long before the office chair goes the way of the typewriter. Ok, that might be a slight exaggeration, but they are certainly gaining in popularity due to the apparent health benefits of not spending all day on our butts. The latest standing desk to tower over its Kickstarter goal within days of launching is Lift, a stylish wooden unit designed to improve posture and productivity.
Bamboo is a very versatile material and holds a lot of promise in architecture, as seen by projects like the Blooming Bamboo
storm-proof home and the affordable Bamboo Micro House
. Another example of this comes via Beijing-based architecture and design collective Penda, and its treehouse eco-hotel concept, dubbed one with the birds.
Like many inner-city residential areas, the Tan Binh district in Vietnam's Ho Chi Min City is rather lacking in greenery. Local firm Vo Trong Nghia Architects sought to make daily life more comfortable for one family by constructing something of a private oasis within the bustling metropolis.
Balance or run bikes are a popular tool to help children learn balance and steering before transitioning to pedaled bikes. GreenChampBikes has developed a bamboo balance bike that is aimed at not only teaching children the skills they need to get rolling on two wheels, but also educate them on sustainability and the environment at the same time.
BMW Group DesignworksUSA has designed a solar carport to house its new i3
and forthcoming i8
electric vehicles. BMW is revealing the one-car solar garage concept as part of the official media launch of the i8 in Los Angeles.
In recent years, Gizmag has reported on several architectural projects which aim to aid those living in areas prone to natural disaster, including the Bamboo Lakou
community and Blooming Bamboo
home. Californian studio MAT-TER is the latest firm to throw its hat in the ring, with a modular, passively-cooled, and typhoon-resistant school that's due to be constructed in the Philippines later this year.
It wasn't that long ago that bamboo-framed bikes
were thought of as a weird rarity. Thanks to its combination of durability, stiffness and vibration-damping characteristics, however, the material has been gaining popularity in recent years. That being said, some designers still find that the random nature of pure bamboo makes it a little too unpredictable for producing frames of a consistent character and quality. That's why two frame builders have developed some interesting work-arounds.