My name is Maya Sachasinh, I am a Bay Area native, college student at UC Berkeley and a life long social and environmental permaculturalist/activist. I wanted to reach out to ask for help spreading an incredible permaculture opportunity. For the past couple years I have helped start a bamboo construction company in coastal Ecuador after many years of facilitating restoration projects and research in the coastal tropical dry forests. Bamboo construction has been a great way for us to create incentive within the community to steward the forests, plus re stimulate the economy after disastrous earthquakes in 2016 and advocate for climate resiliency through green infrastructure development. Thus was founded, “Bahia Beach Construction”.
Amazing Woven Bamboo House -Traditional Green Building
This amazing video by architect Gordan Clarke is very enlightening and inspiring. Note the keywords in the title — Traditional Green Building. That’s a key concept often missing in today’s green building movement, where granite countertops are imported from Italy, exotic woods from far off jungles are turned into furniture, etc. to build high end ‘eco mansions’. In contrast, this video shows how simple, natural and affordable housing can be.
Bamboo Joint Lashing Techniques
Very good overview of bamboo joinery. Most books are skimpy on bamboo joinery. The whole house doesn’t haven’t to be built out of bamboo. You could build the roof, interior walls and/or just use bamboo for decorative purposes such as wall panels or drop grid ceilings.
Magical houses, made of bamboo
“You’ve never seen buildings like this. The stunning bamboo homes built by Elora Hardy and her team in Bali twist, curve and surprise at every turn. They defy convention because the bamboo itself is so enigmatic. No two poles of bamboo are alike, so every home, bridge and bathroom is exquisitely unique. In this beautiful, immersive talk, she shares the potential of bamboo, as both a sustainable resource and a spark for the imagination. “We have had to invent our own rules,” she says.”
Low Cost Bamboo Ecological Housing in Nicaragua
“A video summary of Co2 Bambú Nicaraguan Guadua activities since beginning in 2008 through 2010.”
Bamboo: The Wise Man’s Timber
10 facts about Bamboo that make this unique plant so versatile.