THE USE OF BAMBOO FOR LIGHTWEIGHT CONSTRUCTION SYSTEM
Authors: Wijaksono, Sigit
Building with bamboo looks back to ancient tradition in which plants grew in abundance, such as in south-east Asia.
Bamboo offers a considerable number of opportunities which are not yet exploited. There is a long tradition of
bamboo structures being employed to solve the most varied of building tasks. This has resulted in a wide range of
building characteristics, shapes, and structural details. After all, timber as a construction material has experienced an
unexpected comeback in recent years. A social revaluation of bamboo as a building material could act as a stimulus
to reactivate old building traditions and to develop bamboo construction methods. Other advantages would be gained
from bringing bamboo-building techniques up to contemporary standards. In view of the fact that bamboo is a
natural construction material which grows back again at rapid rate, its wide spread use would not result in ecological
problem. In addition, the structural stability of bamboo building erected in regions prone to earthquakes constitutes a
major advantage as a result of the relatively lightweight and elastic structure of this material. Accordingly, readoption
and further development of bamboo building techniques and modern bamboo architecture geared to this
could be of considerable economic significance in certain countries.