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one with the birds, by Beijing-based architecture and design collective Penda (Image: Pend...

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.  Read More

House for Trees, by Vo Trong Nghia Architects (Photo: Hiroyuki Oki)

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.  Read More

The GreenChamp Bike is a balance bike made from environmentally sustainable bamboo

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.  Read More

Designed by Designworks USA, the solar carport was developed to not only be aesthetically ...

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.  Read More

Californian studio MAT-TER has produced a concept for a typhoon-resistant school in the Ph...

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.  Read More

The tubing in this frame may look like it's made from regular ol' bamboo ... but it isn't

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.  Read More

The Bamboo Micro-House prototype unit is designed by Hong Kong architectural firm AFFECT-T...

In a bid to ease the plight of the homeless living in Hong Kong and other cities throughout southeast Asia, architectural studio AFFECT-T recently designed the Bamboo Micro-House prototype. The firm proposes that the tiny bamboo dwellings, which can be placed nearby other units to form small communities within Hong Kong's disused industrial buildings, would serve as temporary shelter while the occupants secure more stable and permanent public housing.  Read More

The PPlanter in use, by a person and a bamboo plant

If you live in a big city, then there are doubtless alleyways or alcoves you know of that always smell like pee. While it might help to install public urinals in these places, doing so involves a lot of work and expense. Porta Potties are one alternative, although Oakland, California-based Hyphae Design Laboratory has developed a more eco-friendly solution known as the PPlanter. It's a self-contained modular system, that uses bamboo to process the pee.  Read More

Casa Flotanta is located in Playa Santa Teresa, Costa Rica (Photo: Benjamin Garcia Saxe Ar...

Following the Gooden-Nahome family's decision to purchase a plot on a steep slope in Playa Santa Teresa, Costa Rica, they then tasked Benjamin Garcia Saxe Architecture with building a house upon it. The result is the recently-completed Casa Flotanta: a home which boasts an attractive design that both reduces the structure's impact on the local environment, and lends the appearance of it "floating" above the hillside.  Read More

The Blooming Bamboo home, by Vietnamese architectural firm H&P Architects (Photo: Doan Tha...

Vietnamese architectural firm H&P Architects has produced a new prototype dwelling constructed from bamboo. Dubbed Blooming Bamboo, the house is built to withstand heavy flooding, and is eventually intended to be mass-produced and sold as an affordable and attractive home.  Read More

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