Building with Bamboo

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Building with Bamboo

Postby CEOCambodiaNews » Sat Apr 15, 2017 9:24 pm

Bamboo no longer an underdog in material world
In 2015, French group Architects Without Territories (ASTER), descended upon Takhmao town to build a structure made absolutely out of bamboo with the main goal of it being a training centre on how to make proper use of bamboo. It also acted as a material testing lab.
A year later, the facility was taken on by BTI as a bamboo treatment centre and educational facility in the aims of training local and international architects and designers on constructing with bamboo.

For Pablo Marcet, project manager at BTI, this was the case. Having come onboard the bamboo scene in the Kingdom in July last year, the civil engineer holds a master’s in architecture and initially volunteered with BTI four years ago in Thailand.

“What we’re trying to do is to spread the word that it’s really simple to use bamboo and to get all the things needed for the treatment. In the end, we want to be able to say “Hey Cambodia, this is bamboo, this is how you can use it, now try it out yourselves”,” Marcet said.

Exactly why bamboo is sustainable lies with the fact that it grows at an astonishing rate. If a farmer had a bamboo field and cut it all off to sell or construct something with, he would have an even bigger bamboo field re-grown within the next five years, said Marcet.

On its durability, he noted that untreated bamboo can last up to five years. “When treated, however, and depending on the type of treatment you do, it can last for decades.” ...
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Re: Building with Bamboo

Postby willyhilly » Tue Apr 18, 2017 5:43 pm

Most bamboo forests have been cut down in Cambodia. Vietnam by contrast seems to have a lot of bamboo forests.
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Re: Building with Bamboo

Postby Bitte_Kein_Lexus » Wed Apr 19, 2017 7:07 pm

I'm not so sure they were cut down. I don't think it grows as readily here as other places. They have some around Aural and in the Cardamom mountains, but it's nothing like what can be seen in China or Japan. Preservation might play a role but I suspect it grows more sparsely here. Also, bamboo is weird. I remember reading up on it and it grows in these weird cycles. No one quite knows how/why.
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Re: Building with Bamboo

Postby John Bingham » Wed Apr 19, 2017 8:36 pm

willyhilly wrote:
Tue Apr 18, 2017 5:43 pm
Most bamboo forests have been cut down in Cambodia. Vietnam by contrast seems to have a lot of bamboo forests.
There are still plenty of bamboo stands everywhere, not sure about forests. Anyway they don't take long to grow. Bamboo plants reach their full height and diameter within a year. They have to be harvested before they get to around 6-7 years old or they will get infested with fungus and decay.
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Re: Building with Bamboo

Postby willyhilly » Sat Apr 22, 2017 9:01 am

When crossing the border to Ha Tien what immediately struck me was the amount of bamboo growing in Vietnam compared to Cambodia. So I don't think it is a regional thing.

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