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Villagers in the Philippines Build a Gorgeous New Bridge from Bamboo

Posted By Ana Lisa On February 4, 2013 @ 2:00 pm In Architecture,Botanical,Design,DIY,Environment,Green Materials,Innovation,Recycling and Composting,Social Design | No Comments

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 [1] 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 [2] carpenters, the construction of the bridge [3] 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 [4] (Tulay na Kawayan) Matina River [5] 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.

+ Bamboo Bridge [6]

Photo © Andrea Fitrianto

Via Plataforma Arquitectura [7]

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URLs in this post:

[1] Dendrocalamus asper: http://www.guaduabamboo.com/dendrocalamus-asper.html

[2] bamboo: http://inhabitat.com/ozon-cyclery-builds-bamboo-bikes-for-berlins-carbon-conscious-commuters/

[3] bridge: http://inhabitat.com/econtainer-recycled-shipping-container-bridge-to-provide-gateway-to-tel-avivs-arial-sharon-national-park/

[4] Bridge: http://inhabitat.com/inca-bridge-a-golden-mineral-arch-forms-a-natural-bridge-at-the-foot-of-mount-aconcagua/

[5] Matina River: http://www.world-geographics.com/asia/philippines/davao-3136/1700301-matina-river.html

[6] + Bamboo Bridge: http://tulaykawayan.blogspot.com.ar/

[7] Via Plataforma Arquitectura: http://www.plataformaarquitectura.cl/2013/01/12/puente-peatonal-de-bambu-es-construido-por-la-comunidad-de-davao-filipinas/

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