Booming Bamboo provides a comprehensive overview of the enormous potential of this sustainable resource. Not only for architecture and design but also for a multitude of other modern applications.
The book starts by introducing the hard facts about resource scarcity that human society now faces. The need to move to a more circular approach based on bio-based materials is urgent. Bamboo is an often overlooked yet very promising contender.
After covering the ‘bamboo basics’ (growth, properties, cultural history, industrialization), the first part of the book introduces the many benefits of bamboo as a fast-growing, sustainable renewable resource. Author Pablo van der Lugt argues how bamboo can play a vital role in climate change mitigation as well as in restoring ecosystems through reforestation.
Abundantly illustrated, the second part of Booming Bamboo presents the various ways in which bamboo can be transformed into many different exciting materials and fabrics. The book concludes by showcasing many examples of the most magnificent, innovative and inspiring bamboo products and projects that have been developed to date.