Curtains are an essential for a house. Not only can they be stylish and decorative, they also serve a very important function. That function is to keep sunlight out of your house. Obviously there’s a benefit in keeping unwanted light out of your house. Did you ever consider that curtains also help to keep heat out of your house?
As the nation continues to focus on making Americans healthier through exercise, the activewear market has continued to grow along with the times. Activewear is form fitting clothing that is meant to be tight to provide compression as well as avoid looseness that might affect your workout. Most active wear is made from polyester, or spandex. However, there’s a father and son team in New Orleans that is hoping that their unique take on activewear, will gain them a leg up in the exercise market.
For a few weeks out of every year, the residents of Ap Lei Chau build a towering bamboo theater. Ap Lei Chau is part of Hong Kong, and is one of the world’s most crowded islands. A thousand people can cram into this gigantic bamboo theater built in southern Hong Kong. The reason for the theater being built every year? It’s to perform Chinese opera, specifically an opera meant to celebrate the birthday of Hung Shing. Hung Shing is the god of the Southern sea and he is still revered in this once great fishing isle.
Indian oil companies are looking for biofuels to mix in with their oil. In this case, they’re looking for non-molasses sources of biofuel. This is where our favorite tropical grassy plant can help out. Indian companies are looking to bamboo for the next great source of biofuel.
Bamboo has been a source of food for animal and man for a long time. In that time, some of us are more prone to eating it than others. For some animals, it’s their main source of food, but that doesn’t mean that they can’t be picky eaters about it. The panda’s of Zoo Atlanta are bamboo enthusiasts. In fact, they eat about 200 lbs of the plant a day. You’d be amazed to find out that all of that bamboo isn’t shipped in from across the country. It’s actually locally sourced right from the Atlanta area. It comes from backyards that Zoo Atlanta’s bamboo team personally picks.
Byron and Cynthia Matteson have been growing citrus for a long time. They’ve made a lifetime commitment to growing it. However, the citrus market can be fraught with uncertainty. The couple recently decided that they need to grow another cash crop to help out. The crop they settled on was, of course, bamboo. This is Florida, they aren’t going to start growing corn anytime soon.
There’s a raging debate about what to do about traffic, pollution, and all the other problems that come with modern transport. For many, the bicycle seems to be the obvious solution to the problem. Bikes pollute less than cars. They’re far more affordable than your average car and we’re not even talk about gas prices. However, modern bicycle materials aren’t very sustainable. They don’t allow for the smallest carbon footprint possible. The reason is that carbon fiber, while lightweight and strong, is very hard to recycle. It can’t be melted down and returned to its original form like aluminum or steel.
It seems like everything has an app these days. Certainly with the internet, it has never been easier to find out information on bamboo. Just go open your Wikipedia app and you’ll find that out firsthand. Would you like to use all of your bamboo knowledge to build something? Well look no further than the Bamtech App. The app was developed by the South Asia Bamboo Foundation, and launched on February 22, 2018. “The app explains all aspects of bamboo, right from cutting down to treatment, joinery and finishing,” said Salam Kamesh, the founder and executive of the foundation.
Architecture students at the Bezalel Academy of Arts are putting bamboo to a new and interesting use. As part of a summer design build studio course, they constructed a pavillion solely out of bamboo. The structure was hand built by the students themselves. The bamboo pavilion is a way to cast shade and play with outdoor designs. The relatively thin bamboo poles, when layered together form an effective way to cast shade. The material is as sturdy, as it is lightweight. Meaning that the construction itself was not as labor intensive as the process of using traditional wood. The texture of bamboo also gives the pavilion a unique look that most can’t compare with aesthetically.
Bamboo’s use as a construction material continues to grow each year. The tropical grass is a highly versatile plant that has been used as a building material is Asia for years. A growing number of modern designers and architects are seeing the huge potential in bamboo. Most of the really impressive large scale projects can be found in the Asian Tropics. One of the newest examples of bamboo construction is from the handiwork of Chiangmai Life Architects. They used the sustainable and affordable material to make a sports hall located in the mountains of Thailand.
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