Bamboo

  • If they had electric bicycles on The Flintstones, is this what they'd look like? Actually, though, the e-bike you see here is a bamboo-framed prototype developed by Calfee Design. What's more, you may soon be able to buy one for yourself. Yabba-dabba-doo!
  • The team behind the Green Village has been bending bamboo into spectacular luxury villas in the Balinese jungle for years, so New Atlas ventured into the island's heartland to see how the pioneering architects at Ibuku are changing perceptions of this wildly abundant material.
  • Bamboo-framed bikes certainly have an "organic" look, although some people might find it a little too Gilligan's Island-esque. That's why a team at England's Bamboo Bicycle Club has created what is claimed to be the world's first Aero Bamboo Bike.​
  • Along with its unique rear suspension system, Calfee Design is well-known as a builder of bamboo bikes. One of the company's latest creations is a bamboo e-bike, packed with enough features that it could quite literally take the place of a car.
  • ​If you're looking for a unique form of urban transit, you could do worse than using a wheeled version of a stand-up paddleboard (SUP) which you push along with a pole. Should that still not be out-there enough for you, though, you could always try Boo Bicycles' bamboo Urban SUP.​
  • Bamboo can be a useful building material, but the Diamond Island Community Center by Vietnam's Vo Trong Nghia Architects recently provided a reminder that in the right hands, it can be beautiful, too.
  • Barberio Colella ARC has unveiled an emergency shelter for displaced Nepalese people. It features some interesting ideas, including an concertina-like expandable structure that enables easier transport and assembly.
  • Chinese architecture and design collective Penda reckons bamboo should be a more widespread construction material than it currently is. To promote this view, the firm recently produced the Rising Canes Pavilion for this year's Beijing Design Week.
  • Building Trust international, Atelier COLE, and Habitat for Humanity Cambodia have collaborated on a project to create low-cost housing for low-income Cambodians. Framework House is a basic but safe home that is built primarily from bamboo and wood, and costs just US$2,500 to build.
  • At last year’s North American Handmade Bicycle Show, we saw some HERObike frames sporting carbon-fiber-reinforced tubes made from woven bamboo. This year, the company was showing off its upcoming Bamboost e-bike, which features a composite frame that adds balsa wood and 3D-printed parts to the mix.
  • As water shortage is a serious issue in many parts of the world, a means of efficiently harnessing safe drinking water from thin air could be a real lifesaver. Italy's Architecture and Vision is developing an off-grid bamboo tower called Warka Water that promises just that.
  • If the amount of crowd-funding being thrown at standing desks is anything to go by, it won't be long before the office chair goes the way of the typewriter. The latest comes from home office specialists iSkelter, whose Lift is a stylish bamboo unit designed to improve posture and productivity.