Architect Peter Ruge’s new Bambooline Berlin exhibition reimagines the historic city as a sustainable center focused on fifteen popular neighborhoods. The project targets unused urban areas, transforming them into temporary bamboo farms. In Bambooline, bamboo functions as a building material, a bio-energy source, a toxin filter, an oxygen supply, and even as ecological graffiti.

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Ruge chose bamboo as the basis for the project, as it is not only one of the most sustainable materials, but also extremely fast growing. The plan forsees bamboo as the center of a future economy, so Bambooline calls for the planting of bamboo fields in virtually any unused urban space, even if extremely temporary. Bambooline takes over the centers of Alexanderplatz, Marzahn, Brandenburg Gate, and the west side of Drei Linden, transforming the areas into temporary fields of bamboo to be harvested and later removed. These fields would be used for building and biofuel, but would also add a surprising punch of green color amidst the cityscapes.

The plan also utilizes bamboo as inspiration for recreational activities and nightlife. Floating boats with bamboo gardens growing upon them could be rented for a leisurely, and shaded, afternoon along the Spree river in Treptower Park. The Panda Club is a bamboo-flanked music venue that features exotic bamboo specialty cocktails. A bamboo wall would pay tribute to the Berlin Wall, inviting artists to create graffiti upon it.

The complete scope of ideas for a sustainable bamboo Berlin are on display at DEN Gallery in Mitte.

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Via Arch Daily