Currently, Lao farmers are experimenting with bamboo as a possible renewable energy source for the future. In Thailand, the main fuel used to burn for generators are rice husks; however, when the husk price is too high because of a shortage, the people are looking for a cheaper fuel source. Bamboo is the answer.
Depending on the species of bamboo, the plant will have one of three styles of flowering. The first is known as continuous flowering. This kind of flowering occurs in specific species that bloom every year. Although the flowering is anticipated and healthy for the plant, the seeds are rarely viable.
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.
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.
Traffic is an integral part of American life. Often times we are most concerned about it when we are running late and it’s not moving. Or we worry about the emissions we’re putting in the air. An often overlooked byproduct of traffic and large roadways is noise pollution.
Bamboo has been gaining traction in the field of construction for several years. Whether it’s as a way to reinforce heavy equipment used in construction. Whether it is the resource that is used in the construction itself, bamboo may just be leading the way in a green future of construction. The problem has always been, especially in the west, of adapting the technology vs the established methods. So it’s often the case that other countries are the early adopters and the U.S is the one to follow.
The poorest nation in the Western hemisphere and one that seems permanently mired in poverty, despair, and having to deal with one catastrophe after another, Haiti is a country whose many woes could be addressed with an ancient plant: Bamboo. Haiti has always been plagued by its location directly in the paths of one tropical storm after another but, regrettably, most of its problems are self-made. Overpopulation, corruption, political instability, environmental degradation, deforestation and subsequent soil erosion, are all among a litany of woes which have caused other nations to provide year after year of financial assistance to no avail.
In Haiti, even a modest rainstorm can trigger huge rock and mudslides which barrel down the steep mountain slopes and bury entire villages because there are few trees left to hold the soil in place. Once heavily forested with millions of trees gracing its mountains, experts from the United Nations estimate that only 1.5 percent of Haiti’s once lush forests remain. Most of Haiti’s trees are not cut down for cropland but for charcoal to fuel cooking fires. And after years of ignoring the problems only to see them worsen, Haiti’s political leaders have a new sense of urgency about addressing the problem. Mud and rockslides from tropical storms last August and September buried two of Haiti’s larger towns, Cabaret and Gonaïves killing hundreds and turning tens of thousands into refugees.
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