Bamboo Building and
Low Cost Housing
Renaissance in South
About the author:
Metropolitan Home magazine in 2001 as one of the 100 most
influential designers, Darrel DeBoer is a Northern California
architect who has built a dozen bamboo structures in this
country. He became
enthused about the material after seeing Simón Vélez’ structures
with 30 foot cantilevers and 60 foot clear spans, entirely of South
American native bamboo.
DeBoer has researched bamboo construction techniques in Asia,
Central and South America.
He is the author of the Bamboo Chapter in several books,
including Alternative Construction, and The Art of Natural
Building. He now teaches workshops of several days to a week
duration on the details of bamboo construction.
strong as steel in tension, timber bamboo can grow as fast as 3 feet
in a day, can be sustainably harvested every year, using a small
fraction of the land required by trees for the same structural
work. The waste (leaves
and branches) can be as nutritious an animal feed as alfalfa. Bamboo can convert society’s
waste nitrogen, mulch and water into a construction material that
fixes 17 times as much carbon per acre as trees. Darrel will cover proper
tool use and joinery as well as design ideas that avoid the more
difficult / time-consuming joints.
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