Item description for New Bamboo: Architecture and Design by Marcelo Villegas...
Bambusa guadua, the tropical giant bamboo, is the most versatile, reliable architectural material of its native mountainous regions. Bamboo's delightful exterior and exotic reputation obscures its oaklike strength.
New Bamboo is a color portfolio of contemporary structures and decorative designs demonstrating the appeal of building with natural materials for the modern eye. Properly treated, bamboo is as reliable as prime-grade hardwoods, beautiful in its own right, and suitable for commercial and residential structures in any climate.
This is an anthology of bamboo construction by different experts: an agronomist, architects, a designer, and a builder, that showcases projects in Mexico, Brazil, Ecuador, Panama, and Colombia, where this product has been used as a traditional construction material for centuries. Also covered are France and Germany, where architects are discovering the delights of working with bamboo.
Guadua is beautiful but not so delicate that it cannot be used in commercial structures like the auditorium-size pavilion built for the Hannover Expo 2000. Here are delightful details and rugged outbuildings that show bamboo as a most natural design element.
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Marcelo Villegas is a designer, specializing in contemporary objects using traditional materials and techniques. His knowledge and skill has awarded him several national and international recognitions. In addition to authoring this book, he was the compiler of Villegas Editores’ Bambusa Guadua.
Reviews - What do customers think about New Bamboo: Architecture and Design?
Beautiful Pictures Great Ideas Apr 27, 2008
This book is full of great ideas for building with bamboo, the photos are spectacular. We got it to help us with design ideas for a tree house we are building on our resort in India. It really helps me when communicating with our Indian architects to be able to point to pictures of certain techniques I found in this book.
Michael Skowronski Author of Unforgettable: A Love and Spiritual Growth Story
Only covers huge structures... not much here for small builders... Aug 30, 2007
The picture on the front cover says it all - this book might be useful if you are designing or making large Bamboo structures but it gives no advice about using Bamboo to make a real house to live in.
It's not a "How to" book - I can't recommend it.
How can you forget the ZERI Foundation? Dec 30, 2003
The book is beautiful, well documented and presents a marvellous insight about the great work of Simon Velez and his colleague Marcelo Villegas.
It is though a mystery that the book simply decides to neglect mentioning the ZERI Foundation and its protagonist Gunter Pauli who prefered to go broke over the initiative, then to drop the ball half way.
Thanks to his determination the full scientific tests on bamboo could be undertaken, the building permit could be obtained for a first time ever in an industrialzed country, and the 6.4 million visitors could admire the masterpiece created by Simon Velez.
One would have expected that an othewise professional publisher like Villegas Editores, who is well aware of the origins of the great building in Hanover would have put reality in balance. After all without this large investment this masterpiece would never have materialized.
It is hoped that the book will quickly sell out, become a great success which it deserves and then this minor error could be corrected.
Best Bamboo Book for Sophisticated Guadua Architecture Nov 6, 2003
During the International Bamboo Festival at Fairchild Tropical Gardens in Miami, I had the pleasure of personally meeting Marcelo Villegas. He is truly "el miestro", a master carpenter, who builds some of the most exciting and innovative bamboo buildings in the world. He is soft-spoken, humble, and refers to himself as a simple carpenter, not master.
The book is a great reference for photographs of his most recent exciting work. Bamboo is a natural building material which has some very interesting properties. It is as strong as steel by weight and has incredible strength under tension.
Villegas has a deep understanding for the special type of bamboo he used, Guadua Angustifolia, which is native to his Colombia. He treats each project organically and executes them flawlessly.
He helped build the largest bamboo structure in the world which was tested by German Engineers for the WORLD EXPO in Hannover in 2000. The structure was so strong, according to him, that is surpassed german building codes (the toughest in the world).
This is a MUST buy bamboo book, one you won't regret buying.