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IASS-SLTE Symposium 2014: Shells, Membranes and Spatial Structures: Footprints

IASS Symposium 2014

SESSION: Timber Spatial Structures

Bamboo architecture, new proposals for sustainable design

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  • Proceedings Name: IASS-SLTE Symposium 2014: Shells, Membranes and Spatial Structures: Footprints
  • ISSN: (Electronic Version) 2518-6582
  • Session: Timber Spatial Structures
  • Title: Bamboo architecture, new proposals for sustainable design
  • Keywords: Bamboo, sustainability, architecture, conceptual design
There is no doubt that bamboo is a sustainable structural material given that it is a natural resource that is constantly renewed without giving rise to pollution and without endangering the natural resources available. The use and application of bamboo dates back many centuries, hence its current application as a traditional construction material is no innovation in itself. The purpose of this paper is to relate the progress in the research projects that the work group formed by the authors of this paper has made over the last three years. As a result of this research, new proposals have been generated that aim to create sustainable design in bamboo architecture. The projects include the results obtained by identifying and measuring the mechanical properties of the species of bamboo that are cultivated and that grow in the wild in Mexico based on the international ISO–22157 standards governing the relevant mechanical tests. In addition, this paper shows the application and feasibility of the use of bamboo through the development of some architectural designs, in which the stability and stiffness of the structure is achieved through its shape rather than its mass. The paper provides comparisons with other materials, such as steel and wood, and construction details and particulars of joints and anchors that are suitable for bamboo, which differ from those for other materials.

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