Master your Minecraft
 
 

Special Offers see all

Enter to WIN a $100 Credit

Subscribe to PowellsBooks.news
for a chance to win.
Privacy Policy

Tour our stores


    Recently Viewed clear list


    What I'm Giving | December 1, 2014

    Edward O. Wilson: IMG Edward O. Wilson: What I'm Giving



    At Powell's, we feel the holidays are the perfect time to share our love of books with those close to us. For this special blog series, we reached... Continue »

    spacer
Qualifying orders ship free.
$35.00
New Trade Paper
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Available for In-store Pickup
in 7 to 12 days
Qty Store Section
1 Remote Warehouse Architecture- Houses

Grow Your Own House

by

Grow Your Own House Cover

ISBN13: 9783931936259
ISBN10: 3931936252
All Product Details

Only 1 left in stock at $35.00!

 

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

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 Simón Vélez 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.

Review:

"This is, by far, the most unusual book we've reviewed in a long time... Grow Your Own House is a spectacular and appealing invitation to construction with bamboo. Simón Vélez has designed a bamboo structure more than 120 feet in diameter and 50 feet high; the first third of the book examines Vélez's work in Colombia and elsewhere. Next are sections on "basic elements" of bamboo construction, showing examples of walls, windows and doors, connecting joints, roofs, floors, and foundations. The last part of the book has sections on bamboo botany, cutting and processing bamboo, low-cost bamboo buildings, bamboo domes, testing bamboo, composite materials, and more. There is also a valuable bibliography on bamboo biology and utilization. Perhaps you are thinking that the idea of growing a structure seems far-fetched. If you examine this book in a serious way, we guarantee that the idea will seem, well, quite natural. Gardens that yield buildings..why not?" HortIdeas

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Simón Vélez and Bamboo Architecture
    The ZERI Pavilion and Sustainable Architecture (Jean Dethier)
    From the Test Report on the ZERI Pavilion (Klaus Steffens)
    ?I am a roofing architect? (interview with Simón Vélez)
    Biography and Select Works
  • Basic Elements
  • The Support
    The Wall
    The Window, The Door
    The Connection
    The Floor
    The Roof
    Meta-Architecture
  • Grow You Own...House
  • Sustainability
    Botany and the Use of Bamboo (Walter Liese)
    Cutting and Processing
    The ?Global Village? is Made of Bamboo
    The Bamboo Cult
    A Plant Travels the World
    From Globalization ro Regionalization
  • Low Budget
  • Dancing Houses
    Natural Intelligence
    Frei Otto on Bamoo Architecture
    Organic Shapes
    Experiments with Bamboo Domes (Eda Schaur)
    Grid Matrices
    Synergies
    Testing Bamboo
    Composite Materials
  • High Science + Simple Tech
  • Bamboo is Beautiful
  • Picture Credits
  • Bibliography

What Our Readers Are Saying

Add a comment for a chance to win!
Average customer rating based on 1 comment:

spaceosm, January 18, 2009 (view all comments by spaceosm)
its revolutionary work by the golden green architect.Simon velez.
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No

Product Details

ISBN:
9783931936259
Author:
Velez, Simon
Author:
Bamboo Architecture
Author:
Vitra Design Museum
Publisher:
Vitra Design Museum
Location:
Weil am Rhein, Germany
Subject:
Design & Construction
Subject:
Domestic
Subject:
Architecture - Specific Styles
Subject:
Colombia
Subject:
Architects
Subject:
Bamboo construction.
Subject:
History - Specific Styles
Subject:
Residential
Subject:
Buildings - Residential
Subject:
Methods & Materials
Subject:
Architecture-Houses
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references (p. [256]).
Series Volume:
124
Publication Date:
20130731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
full-color photos throughout
Pages:
262
Dimensions:
11.48x9.45x.87 in. 2.60 lbs.

Other books you might like

  1. Building Bamboo Fences New Trade Paper $19.95
  2. Shoji Used Trade Paper $10.50
  3. Fundamentals of Building Constructio... Used Hardcover $30.00
  4. A Japanese Touch for Your Garden Used Trade Paper $11.50
  5. Seville Communion Used Hardcover $2.95
  6. The City in Mind: Notes on the Urban... Sale Trade Paper $7.98

Related Subjects

Arts and Entertainment » Architecture » Drafting
Arts and Entertainment » Architecture » Drawing and Design
Arts and Entertainment » Architecture » History » General
Arts and Entertainment » Architecture » Houses
Arts and Entertainment » Architecture » Specifications and Detail
Arts and Entertainment » Architecture » Sustainability and Green Design
Education » Teaching » Architecture
Engineering » Construction » General
Engineering » Home Construction » General
Home and Garden » Sustainable Living » Housing

Grow Your Own House New Trade Paper
0 stars - 0 reviews
$35.00 In Stock
Product details 262 pages Vitra Design Stiftung - English 9783931936259 Reviews:
"Review" by , "This is, by far, the most unusual book we've reviewed in a long time... Grow Your Own House is a spectacular and appealing invitation to construction with bamboo. Simón Vélez has designed a bamboo structure more than 120 feet in diameter and 50 feet high; the first third of the book examines Vélez's work in Colombia and elsewhere. Next are sections on "basic elements" of bamboo construction, showing examples of walls, windows and doors, connecting joints, roofs, floors, and foundations. The last part of the book has sections on bamboo botany, cutting and processing bamboo, low-cost bamboo buildings, bamboo domes, testing bamboo, composite materials, and more. There is also a valuable bibliography on bamboo biology and utilization. Perhaps you are thinking that the idea of growing a structure seems far-fetched. If you examine this book in a serious way, we guarantee that the idea will seem, well, quite natural. Gardens that yield buildings..why not?"
spacer
spacer
  • back to top

FOLLOW US ON...

     
Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.