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Can Architecture Save China’s Rural Villages? DnA’s Xu Tiantian Thinks So

09:30 - 20 April, 2018
Can Architecture Save China’s Rural Villages? DnA’s Xu Tiantian Thinks So, Bamboo Theatre. Image © Wang Ziling
Bamboo Theatre. Image © Wang Ziling

Travel seven hours by car in a Southwest direction from Shanghai and you will arrive in Songyang County. The name is unfamiliar to many Chinese people, and even more foreign to those living abroad. The county consists of about 400 villages, from Shicang to Damushan.

Here, undulating lush green terraces hug the sides of Songyin river valley, itself the one serpentine movement uniting the lands. Follow the river and you will see: here, a Brown Sugar Factory; there, a Bamboo Theatre; and on the other side, a stone Hakka Museum built recently but laid by methods so old, even the town masons had to learn these ways for the first time, as if they were modern methods, as if they were revolutionary.

And maybe they are. Songyang County, otherwise known as the “Last Hidden Land in Jiangnan,” may look like a traditional Chinese painting with craggy rock faces, rice fields and tea plantations, but it has also become a model example of rural renaissance. Beijing architect Xu Tiantian, of the firm DnA_Design and Architecture, has spent years surveying the villages of Songyang, talking to local County officials and residents, and coming up with what she calls “architectural acupunctures.”

ODA Unveils Images of Bamboo-Inspired "Dragon Gate" for New York's Chinatown

14:00 - 4 April, 2018
ODA Unveils Images of Bamboo-Inspired "Dragon Gate" for New York's Chinatown, Courtesy of ODA New York
Courtesy of ODA New York

ODA New York has released images of its proposed “Dragon Gate” pavilion for New York’s Chinatown, seeking to act as a symbolic gateway to the famous Manhattan neighborhood. Using modern materials and forms to invoke symbols of traditional Chinese culture, the scheme seeks to capture Chinatown’s remarkable duality: a community of tradition resistant to change, yet one regarded as a uniquely contemporary phenomenon showcasing New York’s inclusive diversity.

Situated on a triangular traffic island at the intersection of Canal, Baxter, and Walker Streets, ODA’s scheme seeks to activate a currently-underused pedestrian space. The Dragon Gate consists of a triangular form adhering to a three-dimensional, gridded structure formed from interwoven, tubular, bronze steel inspired by bamboo scaffolding. As the structure densifies, selected pieces will be painted red to create the illusion of a dragon in mid-flight.

Courtesy of ODA New York Courtesy of ODA New York Courtesy of ODA New York Courtesy of ODA New York + 5

1305 STUDIO in Shanghai / 1305 STUDIO

00:00 - 30 March, 2018
© Shen-photo
© Shen-photo

© Shen-photo © Shen-photo © Shen-photo © Shen-photo + 42

  • Architects

  • Location

    Changning Qu, Shanghai, China
  • Lead Architects

    Qiang Shen, Zhigang Fu
  • Area

    480.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

Temporary Pavilion in Malaysia Aims to Raise Awareness of Bamboo as a Construction Material

08:00 - 27 February, 2018
© Pixelaw
© Pixelaw

The use of bamboo in construction is not yet widespread. This is the reason why Eleena Jamil proposes the use of this sustainable material in different configurations, resulting in a resistant, light and permeable structure.

The project, an urban pavilion in Malaysia built mainly with circular bamboo rings, explores the different possibilities of the linear material with a variety of measurements and links of joinery and strings.

New Pastoralism Lecture Hall / SYN architects

17:00 - 12 February, 2018
© BenMo Studio / Ming Yan
© BenMo Studio / Ming Yan

© BenMo Studio / Ming Yan © BenMo Studio / Ming Yan © BenMo Studio / Ming Yan © BenMo Studio / Ming Yan + 30

  • Architects

  • Location

    Yangshan Town, Wuxi, Jiangsu, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Yingxi Zou
  • Design Team

    Jiansheng Liu, Yang Xie
  • Area

    1618.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Aldo's Kitchen / IBUKU

00:00 - 15 January, 2018
Aldo's Kitchen / IBUKU, Courtesy of IBUKU
Courtesy of IBUKU

Courtesy of IBUKU Courtesy of IBUKU Courtesy of IBUKU Model. Image Courtesy of IBUKU + 20

  • Architects

  • Location

    Sibang Kaja, Abiansemal, Badung Regency, Bali, Indonesia
  • Client

    Green School
  • Site Area

    45000
  • Area

    500.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2007

Will Bamboo Ever Achieve Widespread Use in the Construction Industry?

09:30 - 14 January, 2018
Will Bamboo Ever Achieve Widespread Use in the Construction Industry?, © José Tomás Franco
© José Tomás Franco

After years of publishing projects and articles related to bamboo, we are strongly aware of its qualities as a construction material. But is it really an option that you would use into your next project? Despite widespread appreciation, bamboo seems to be a material that is rarely considered for use in everyday designs.

The team of Manasaram Architects and CGBMT asked themselves the same question. Together they are seeking to understand the current perceptions of bamboo and to discover its potential as a commonly-used material in the construction sector. To help in this pursuit, they have shared a survey with us which seeks to evaluate how often architects and building professionals use bamboo, the problems they face, and how informed they are about the material.

We would like to invite our readers to spare 10 minutes of their time to help us expand knowledge about the use of bamboo using the survey below. The results will be shared on ArchDaily once the study is complete.

Low-Budget Urban Garden Uses Local Materials to Bring Quito's Community Together

08:00 - 12 January, 2018
Low-Budget Urban Garden Uses Local Materials to Bring Quito's Community Together, Cortesía de Natura Futura Arquitectura
Cortesía de Natura Futura Arquitectura

The social design from Natura Futura Arquitectura for a greenhouse in the warm subtropical climate of Nayón, Ecuador, the proposal approaches the use of local material resources in the construction of low-budget productive structures for the development of the collective. 

The project, materialized with bamboo, wood and greenhouse plastic, is based on the basic geometrical figure of the triangle, proposing sectors with different levels of illumination for different types of farming.

Maqueta. Image Cortesía de Natura Futura Arquitectura Cortesía de Natura Futura Arquitectura Cortesía de Natura Futura Arquitectura Cortesía de Natura Futura Arquitectura + 26

Naked Gallery — Ecological Creation Technology / Xiaohui Designer Studio

20:00 - 11 January, 2018
Naked Gallery — Ecological Creation Technology  / Xiaohui Designer Studio, Tea Art Pavilion. Image © Youkun Chen
Tea Art Pavilion. Image © Youkun Chen

Naked Gallery. Image © Youkun Chen Naked Gallery. Image © Youkun Chen Pottery Art Pavilion wall. Image © Youkun Chen Bamboo structure roof truss . Image © Youkun Chen + 35

  • Architects

  • Location

    Moganshan, Deqing County, Huzhou, Zhejiang, China.
  • Chief designer

    Xiaohui Lv
  • Client

    naked Retreats
  • Area

    347.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

Kindergarten Classroom at Green School / IBUKU

02:00 - 3 January, 2018
Kindergarten Classroom at Green School / IBUKU, Courtesy of IBUKU
Courtesy of IBUKU

© José Tomás Franco Courtesy of IBUKU © José Tomás Franco Courtesy of IBUKU + 21

  • Architects

  • Location

    Sibang Kaja, Abiansemal, Badung Regency, Bali, Indonesia
  • Area

    155.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs

Surprising Material Alert: The Black Bamboo

16:00 - 24 December, 2017
Surprising Material Alert: The Black Bamboo, © José Tomás Franco
© José Tomás Franco

As a construction material, bamboo is resistant, versatile, grows rapidly and is immensely friendly with its own ecosystem and its agroforestry environment. In addition, it presents a large number of species that deliver different diameters and heights. But are there also variations in its color?

We are truly impressed with the work of architects, builders, and artisans who use 'blond bamboo,' which moves between yellow and brown tones. These species are abundant and easy to harvest, and therefore are more common and accessible. However, there are a number of species that have a darker coloration and could revolutionize bamboo architecture in the future. Here we present black bamboo. 

© José Tomás Franco © José Tomás Franco © José Tomás Franco © José Tomás Franco + 17

If We Were To Design The Ideal Building Material, It Would Look A Lot Like Bamboo

12:00 - 23 December, 2017
If We Were To Design The Ideal Building Material, It Would Look A Lot Like Bamboo, © Eduardo Souza
© Eduardo Souza

"Bamboo is close to an ideal structural material." This statement by Neil Thomas during his talk at Bamboo U, which took place in November 2017 in Bali, really caught my attention. Neil is the founding director of atelier one, a London office of structural engineering, whose outstanding projects include stage and scenography for the Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, and U2; art installations by Anish Kapoor and Marc Quinn; the Gardens by the Bay, in Singapore, among many others. From the last few years, the engineer has exhaustively studied about bamboo, its structural properties and its most diverse potential. 

The Millenium Bridge / IBUKU

00:00 - 21 December, 2017
The Millenium Bridge / IBUKU, Courtesy of IBUKU
Courtesy of IBUKU

Courtesy of IBUKU Courtesy of IBUKU © José Tomás Franco © José Tomás Franco + 21

  • Architects

  • Location

    Sibang Kaja, Abiansemal, Badung Regency, Bali, Indonesia
  • Area

    70.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

Students Build a Suspended Bamboo Pavilion With 3D Printed Joints

16:00 - 16 December, 2017
Students Build a Suspended Bamboo Pavilion With 3D Printed Joints, © Barak Pelman
© Barak Pelman

The Academy Bezalel students' bamboo project, in Jerusalem, is a proposal that approaches the construction in real scale and the experimentation with materials as an important driving force of architectural design.

The project, a suspended bamboo pavilion, can be reused with different configurations in different places with its joints made up of ropes and 3D printed pieces.

© Barak Pelman © Yifat Zailer © Yifat Zailer © Yifat Zailer + 20

VTN Architects Creates Airtight Bamboo Pavilion in Xiamen

12:00 - 4 December, 2017
VTN Architects Creates Airtight Bamboo Pavilion in Xiamen, Night View rendering. Image Courtesy of VTN Architects
Night View rendering. Image Courtesy of VTN Architects

VTN Architects has revealed the design of the Ting XI Bamboo Pavilion in Xiamen, China, as construction on the project nears completion.

Located on a forested site near the center of the coastal city of Xiamen, VTN Architects selected their signature material, bamboo, to create a flexible interior space capable of hosting a variety of events. 

Interior rendering. Image Courtesy of VTN Architects Day View rendering. Image Courtesy of VTN Architects Day View rendering. Image Courtesy of VTN Architects Construction in progress. Image Courtesy of VTN Architects + 11

Pemulung House / IBUKU

00:00 - 1 December, 2017
Pemulung House / IBUKU, Courtesy of IBUKU
Courtesy of IBUKU

Courtesy of IBUKU Courtesy of IBUKU Courtesy of IBUKU Courtesy of IBUKU + 14

  • Architects

  • Location

    Denpasar, Denpasar City, Bali, Indonesia
  • Client

    Private Company
  • Area

    270.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2011

How (And Why) to Integrate Earth and Bamboo Into Your Architectural Project

08:00 - 30 November, 2017
How (And Why) to Integrate Earth and Bamboo Into Your Architectural Project, © José Tomás Franco
© José Tomás Franco

By recognizing and analyzing the multiple architectural possibilities of bamboo—a construction material mostly native to warm and tropical areas—the following questions arise: How can we take advantage of its qualities and enhance its use in colder climates? Such regions necessarily require a certain level of thermal isolation in walls, floors, and roofs—but for these climates, we can combine bamboo with materials that complement it.

We talked with Penny Livingston-Stark, a designer and professor of permaculture who has worked for 25 years in the field of regenerative design based on non-toxic natural materials, to understand the opportunities offered by combining bamboo with earth.

Earthen construction and bamboo are extremely compatible. They offer different capacities. They compliment each other beautifully. They both require the same conditions, like breathability.

© José Tomás Franco © José Tomás Franco © José Tomás Franco © José Tomás Franco + 26

Why Architectural Models Are Crucial in Making Bamboo Projects a Reality

14:00 - 22 November, 2017
Why Architectural Models Are Crucial in Making Bamboo Projects a Reality, © Eduardo Souza
© Eduardo Souza

Each material has its own peculiarities and, when using it for building, the design and construction process must accommodate these characteristics. A steel-framed building, for example, must be designed with a certain level of accuracy so that components and parts, usually manufactured off-site, fit together during assembly. A wooden building can have its cross sections drastically modified according to the species and strength of the wood used, or even according to the direction of the loads in relation to their fibers. With bamboo, no pole is exactly the same and each one tapers and curves differently, which requires a different approach when designing and building.

But how is it possible to work with a material with so many challenges and possibilities?