Local residents help build pre-fab bamboo social center that can be constructed in a week

January 24, 2018 by  
Filed under Eco, Green

Comments Off on Local residents help build pre-fab bamboo social center that can be constructed in a week

Mexican studio  Comunal Taller de Arquitectura is proving yet again that bamboo is a miracle material when it comes to creating affordable housing options. Working with local residents, the studio has built a social housing structure in a small town outside of Puebla. Using a prefabricated bamboo frame, the architects worked side-by-side with the locals so that the residents would learn how to replicate its design – which can be built in just seven days – on their own. The architects have made a name for themselves thanks to their commitment to working with locals on self-build structures using local bamboo and other locally-sourced materials . In this project, however, the architects were forced to import bamboo from the United States due to government restrictions. Once the imported bamboo was available, the team, along with the local residents, used it to make a modular and prefabricated frame. Related: INTERVIEW: Bamboo builder, and Ibuku founder Elora Hardy on creating incredible buildings with bamboo Once the frame was in place, the skeleton of the prefab bamboo structure was constructed in less than a week. The second step consisted of building out the 60-square meter residence using local wood and stone. The various bamboo panels used throughout for the window shutters and the doors were coated with a local tissue known as ixtile for extra protection against the elements. Walls of red brick lattices provide natural air ventilation throughout the home and are helpful in rerouting any kitchen smoke to the exterior. On the interior, exposed bamboo trusses and beams form a slanted roof, which is topped with a thin metal sheet. The roof overhangs around the structure to provide shade for the wrap-around covered porch area. A grey paving makes up the flooring of the porches and continues throughout the interior. According to the architects, the rural housing design was approved for federal subsidies, meaning that the affordable and sustainable prototype could be easily replicated in other areas using local materials and methods . + Comunal Taller de Arquitectura Via Dezeen Images via Comunal Taller de Arquitectura

The rest is here:
Local residents help build pre-fab bamboo social center that can be constructed in a week

Stunning multi-level bamboo home stands deep in the mountains of Bali

November 27, 2017 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on Stunning multi-level bamboo home stands deep in the mountains of Bali

We’ve always loved IBUKU’s beautiful bamboo structures , but their latest project, the Ananda House, is simply stunning. The private home, located in Sibang Gede, Bali, is made up of three multi-level bamboo towers embedded into Bali’s lush green vegetation. The bamboo buildings are designed to exist in harmony with the heavily-forested landscape – and they protect the surrounding vegetation as much as possible. While constructing the homes’ many balconies, IBUKU cut holes into the roofs’ overhangs in order to make way for the surrounding trees to grow. Related: Explore This Incredible Green Village in Bali Made Entirely From Bamboo A winding stone path bordered by terraced gardens leads to the entrance of each structure. The pavilion to the right houses the family room, which is a large space with an open-air terrace. At the heart of the living area is the kitchen, complete with a curving countertop made from slabs of locally-sourced river stone . The bedrooms are perched over the living space and designed to take advantage of natural light and ventilation. Each room has an east-facing private balcony that provides incredible views over the valley. To the back of the main building is a grotto pool whose design mimics the natural landscape, creating a fun, indoor-outdoor space. The master bedroom is located at the highest point of the structure. It’s a stunningly romantic space with a lookout tower at the top. The sleeping area is located on the first level, and an attached outdoor bathroom , complete with a monolithic bathtub, looks out over the valley. + IBUKU Via Archdaily

Read the original post: 
Stunning multi-level bamboo home stands deep in the mountains of Bali

Oaxacan Vernacular Comes Alive With La Salle University’s Clay and Bamboo Building in Mexico

September 29, 2014 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on Oaxacan Vernacular Comes Alive With La Salle University’s Clay and Bamboo Building in Mexico

Read the rest of Oaxacan Vernacular Comes Alive With La Salle University’s Clay and Bamboo Building in Mexico Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bamboo architecture , bamboo houses , clay architecture Mexico , La Salle University Mexico , La Salle University Oaxaca , mexico architecture , Mexico vernacular architecture , traditional architecture

Read more here: 
Oaxacan Vernacular Comes Alive With La Salle University’s Clay and Bamboo Building in Mexico

How Monsanto is Turning an Island Paradise Into a GMO Wasteland

September 29, 2014 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on How Monsanto is Turning an Island Paradise Into a GMO Wasteland

Monsanto is conquering one of the world’s most stunning utopias – and it’s happening right under our noses. The company is turning the picturesque island of Molokai into a GMO laboratory, and it’s treating the island’s inhabitants as lab rats. The biotech behemoth arrived on Molokai with big promises of delivering jobs, however local islanders have been exposed to a constant dosing of harmful toxins in the air and groundwater, with no end in sight. Read the rest of How Monsanto is Turning an Island Paradise Into a GMO Wasteland Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: biotech , cancer , genetically modified corn , GMOs , hawaii , island , Molokai , Monsanto , pesticides

Here is the original post: 
How Monsanto is Turning an Island Paradise Into a GMO Wasteland

Bad Behavior has blocked 4120 access attempts in the last 7 days.