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1st Edition

Bamboo Gridshells

ISBN 9781138795563
Published May 8, 2015 by Routledge
130 Pages

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Book Description

This highly illustrated text brings together two areas which have both grown in popularity in recent years: gridshells and bamboo.

Bamboo is a fast-growing, naturally available, renewable resource which is quite strong and lends itself to structural applications. In this unique text, David Rockwood demonstrates the viability of bamboo as a building material and considers the advantages – as well as the challenges – of working with bamboo. Its properties, workability, connections, assembly, erection processes, structural behavior, and final use are explored in detail through a series of design-build experiments and case studies from Hawai’i and Vietnam.

The only book available on the subject, Bamboo Gridshells provides a comprehensive introduction to this emerging technology which will be of interest to anyone working in the areas of sustainable or environmental design, ecological construction, low technology strategies, or alternative materials.

Table of Contents

Preface  Introduction  Chapter 1. Bamboo Form and Material  Introduction  Bamboo Plant Taxonomy  Bamboo Plant Geographic Location and Ecological Conditions  Bamboo Plant Physiology and Growth Characteristics  Bamboo Material Physical Properties  Bamboo Treatment and Preservation  Bamboo Material for Building Construction  Tools and Workability  Bamboo Structural Connections  Chapter 2. Gridshells  Gridshell Definition  Gridshell Morphology  Gridshell Case Study Examples  Translation to Bamboo  Chapter 3. Building Investigations – Phase 1 – Hawai`i  Introduction  Structural Connections  Bamboo Properties  Gridshell Assembly  Gridshell Erection Process  Provisional Conclusions  Chapter 4. Building Investigations – Phase 2 – Vietnam  Introduction  Chain Models (Formfinding)  Bamboo Models  Structural Connections  Gridshell Assembly and Erection Process  Provisional Conclusions  Chapter 5. Building Investigations – Phase 3 – Hawai`i  Introduction  Formfinding  Built-Up Spanning Members  Gridshell Assembly and Erection Process  Provisional Conclusions  Chapter 6. Building Investigations – Phase 4 – Vietnam  Introduction  Gridshell Structural Member Prototypes  Provisional Conclusions  Chapter 7. Conclusion

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David Rockwood is Associate Professor; Director, Construction Process Innovation Lab; and Co-Director, Urbanism Research Lab at the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa, School of Architecture, USA. Rockwood’s research focuses on material, structure, and construction processes for high performance buildings. He was named a Fulbright Specialist in 2014.


'This book is for architects, engineers and builders who thrill to unexpected techniques and to doing more with less - in this case the marriage of a magically fast-growing, giant woody grass to curvy, long span structures. Bamboo Gridshells is a future classic, in which a vernacular, low-key/low-cost/low-tech building material meets the contemporary, high-tech structural shell. David Rockwood writes as precisely as Aristotle, whom he wisely invokes in this simple primer on the kind of elegantly lean and renewable architecture that the 21st Century so needs.' - Doug Kelbaugh, Professor of Architecture and Urban Planning and former Dean, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Michigan, USA