“Bamboo has unique properties. It is therefore essential that this plant be considered as a strategic element for the concrete solution of burning problems that also affect areas outside architecture: the deforestation of tropical rainforests, the effective promotion of the economy in the world’s most underdeveloped regions and the implementation of cost-effective and environmentally friendly construction methods”.
Mauricio Cardenas Laverde, architect from Colombia, founder of the Cardenas Conscious Design studio in Milan, author of numerous articles and a book on bamboo as a building material.
- Bamboo is not only one of the most sustainable and fastest growing raw materials on earth; it is also one of the most versatile materials in the world.
- Bamboo grows extremely fast and stores a lot of CO2 during its rapid growth… It is one of the plants that absorbs the most CO2 during its lifetime. And iit also releases 35% more oxygen than other trees of the same size.
- The bamboo plant continuously makes new culms through its underground root system (rhizomes). Therfore, large quantities can be harvested annually without the plant dying and its stands being endangered.
- Bamboo prevents soil erosion.
- Bamboo offers a constantly growing variety of uses and provides sustainable alternatives for the use of increasingly scarce resources such as wood, metal or oil.
- Bamboo is a sustainable and durable construction material when preserved with environmentally friendly salt infusions.
- Bamboo grows in some of the poorest regions of the world. It can be used as strategic element in the global development agenda to create jobs and income, especially in deprived rural areas.
- Bamboo will never run out, even for future generations.