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‘City in Sky’ is comprised of a platform elevated on stout bamboo poles, a series of small huts, and two living, growing open air bamboo structures. These are made with live bamboo that were planted and then held in place with string in order to explore the relationship between nature and architecture. Instead of chopping down trees or extracting material in a destructive way, this building method works more harmoniously with nature, though it remains to be seen whether it will be reliable over the long term.

The workshop organizers sought to remedy a rigorous and rote educational model deprives many Chinese children of a hands-on relationship with the natural environment, and their parents were able to attend as well. Although the architects were on hand to guide the process, the workshop participants were involved with sketching, modeling and construction.

Via Arch Daily

Images via Li Xiao & Jiang Jiang