Villagers in the Philippines Build a Gorgeous New Bridge from Bamboo

by , 02/04/13

Andrea Fitrianto, Bamboo Bridge, Footbridge, local materials, local people, bamboo, Davao, Philipines, Matina river, Architecture, Botanical, DIY, social design, Recycling / Compost, Green Materials,

To build the Matina River’s footbridge the volunteers selected Dendrocalamus asper bamboo, which grows around the city’s outskirts. After bringing the fast-growing canes on site, they treated the material to create a long-lasting structure. Led by traditional Indonesian bamboo carpenters, the construction of the bridge provided local people with new skills and a bigger sense of community.

To make it even stronger and long-lasting, the main joints were held with bolts and cement was poured inside the canes. To make it stable and grounded, reinforced concrete made a good base on each side. The Bamboo Bridge (Tulay na Kawayan) Matina River is not only a beautiful structure for crossing from one side to the other, it is a beautiful example of what cooperation and a bit of craftsmanship can achieve in a month.

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Photo © Andrea Fitrianto

Via Plataforma Arquitectura

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