BAMBOO SAVES THE DAY

Nripal Adhikary, a Nepali architect, is a man with a vision. He is also a big fan of bamboo. While his counterparts around the country have mainly relied on brick and steel, Adhikary has long employed bamboo – and (packed) earth – in his designs and buildings. Bamboo grows widely in Nepal, and due to […]

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A TALE OF TWO FLUTEMAKERS

Ng Teck Seng and Erik Sampson live on opposite sides of the globe, and in many ways, their lives could not be more dissimilar. But their passions and livelihoods are one and the same: They both make flutes out of bamboo. Ng Teck Seng is of Chinese descent and lives in Singapore. 57-year-old Ng first […]

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ETHIOPIA: SHRINKING HOMES & WATER TOWERS

It is commonly thought that bamboo blooms best in Asia. But, two thirds of the world’s bamboo forests grow in Africa, with Ethiopia’s extensive reserves taking top place. With a bountiful supply so freely accessible to its people, it’s little wonder that bamboo is used so extensively in this country, especially among ethnic groups still […]

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BAMBOO BICYCLES GO GLOBAL

If you blink, you might miss the sight of a few reworked pieces of grass whizzing by on a set of wheels.  And if they happen to be painted in bright yellow, you’d be entirely forgiven for not believing that the bicycle frame that just zipped across your line of vision, is made entirely of bamboo. […]

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CHINESE HISTORY: INKED & UNEARTHED

In China, bamboo has historically been used to treat infections and for other medicinal purposes. But bamboo has been a staple in the country for other reasons; a tablet on which centuries-old contributions to Chinese literature and learning – such as the renowned military text, The Art of War – had been scribed. These unearthed manuscripts have […]

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Avianto: Weaving Bamboo into Art

Every so often, a hint of nature appears in the most unexpected and incongruous of places. That was the case at an exhibition titled ‘Roots. Indonesian Contemporary Art’ that wrapped up earlier this year at Germany’s Frankfurter Kunstverein, when the museum’s frontage was plastered with a massive swathe of bamboo.  The site-specific installation, titled Pohon Besar (Big Trees), 2015, […]

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Inventions Indebted to Bamboo – by Peripatete

 Bamboo is the world’s fastest-growing plant, with a potentially infinite number of applications. In this column, we explore stories about the ever-ubiquitous bamboo – from Bali and around the world.  In the late 19th century, two of the world’s most celebrated scientists and inventors, Alexander Graham Bell and Thomas Alva Edison, are known to have […]

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