Cover image for Grow your own house : Simón Vélez und die Bambusarchitektur = Simón Vélez and bamboo architecture
Grow your own house : Simón Vélez und die Bambusarchitektur = Simón Vélez and bamboo architecture
Vegesack, Alexander von.
Publication Information:
[Weil am Rhein, Germany] : Vitra Design Museum [in cooperation with]; Chatelaine-Genève, Switzerland : Foundation] ZERI [and ; [Lessac, France] : C.I.R.E.C.A., [2000]

Physical Description:
255 pages : illustrations (some color), plans ; 30 cm
Der ZERI-pavillon von Simón Vélez: Ikone einer neuen nachhaltigen Architektur aus Bambus, Lehm und Papier = The ZERI pavilion: a symbol of a new sustainable architecture with bamboo, raw earth, and recycled paper / Jean Dethier -- Aus dem Testbericht zur experimentellen tragsicherheitsbewertung des ZERI-pavillons = Excerpt from an experimental evaluation of the load-bearing properties of the ZERI pavillion / Klaus Steffens -- "Ich bin ein Dächer-Architekt": (Simón Vélez im gespräch) = "I am a roofing architect": (interview with Simón Vélez) / Simón Vélez, Mateo Kries -- Simón Vélez: Biografie und Werkübersicht = Simón Vélez: biography and works.
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NA879.V45 G76 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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Bamboo, which has been used as building material for centuries and is widely available (35 million acres worldwide are covered in bamboo), is being rediscovered today. Its cost-effectiveness and ability to endure adverse environmental forces make it one of the preeminent construction materials on the planet. Bamboo's unique aesthetic appearance has been exploited in design and furniture building.The highly visual and engaging Grow Your Own House will open your eyes to the beauty and lightness of bamboo structures and designs. Bamboo--a widely available and renewable resource almost as strong as steel, yet very light--lends itself to architectural experiments. Buckminster Fuller, Frei Otto, Renzo Piano, Shoei Yoh, and Arata Isozaki are a few of the millions of people worldwide using bamboo to create space and structure around them.Author and architect Sim n V lez pioneered bamboo construction in his home country of Colombia. His most recent and spectacular project, which is prominently featured in Grow Your Own House , is the Expo 2000 pavilion for the ZERI Foundation. At over 120 feet in diameter and over 50 feet high, it is one of the largest bamboo structures in the world. Grow Your Own House includes all the latest trends of this cutting-edge revival. The integration of the seeming dichotomies of high-tech and sustainability, global thinking and regional traditions definitely makes the future look brighter. This lavishly and colorfully illustrated volume is published in dual languages (German and English).Contributors to this volume include Jean Dethier, Walter Liese, Eda Schaur, Frei Otto, and Mateo Kries.