Item description for Tropical Bamboo by Marcelo Villegas...
When, in the dawn of the 19th century, Humboldt and Bonplant avidly toured the American surface, they included in their notes that the Quindio region in Colombia was practically covered with guadua trees. That is not surprising. The fertile, humid, well-drained soil in this zone is completely apt for these plants. Guadua wood is used for everything: landscaping, waterworks, columns, beams, gates, bridges, ladders, furniture, recipients. It's fast growth -up to 1.20m. in one day-and its uncommon flexibility make it an attractive material for this region's people's ingeniousness; they have deployed all of their creativity in using this tree. With more than 300 color photographs that depict the history and origin of the guadua bamboo, its natural production, and how it is used in housing construction and that of other spaces, this 176-page book is not only a well deserved elegy to the guadua but also a beautiful manner through which to make its sublime properties better known.
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Studio: Villegas Editores
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 9.75" Height: 12.5" Weight: 3.15 lbs.
Release Date Nov 1, 2007
Publisher Villegas Editores
ISBN 9589393004 ISBN13 9789589393000
Reviews - What do customers think about Tropical Bamboo?
Bamboo Design Inspiration Jul 25, 2007
Marcelo Villegas's books on Guadua construction and the history of the Colombian building and their bamboo culture. I purchased this book in a bookstore in Bogotá in 2002 and it really blew my mind. I alter returned to Colombia to visit the areas photographed in the book. I later started a business and I can honestly say if it were not for this book and his net book New Bamboo I would have never had the inspiration to start this exciting business. The book is not as intensive as his proceeding book New Bamboo but I could not recommend high enough.