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New publication from The Natural Materials and Structures Group: "Bahay Kawayan, A Transitional House for the Philippines"

The Natural Materials and Structures Group has published a book entitled 'Bahay Kawayan, A Transitional  House for the Philippines'. The book shows in detail the design and construction process of a transitional bamboo house for the Philippines, a country that was affected, in 2013, by Typhoon Haiyan, the strongest typhoon ever recorded.

The low-cost structure is based on the traditional Filipino house, the Bahay Kubo, and was designed to explore a resilient solution for imminent hazards. Moreover, the design could be adapted to any tropical climate where large bamboo grows, considering the local building techniques, as for example Vanuatu.

A pdf version of the book can be dowloaded here:

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Title: Bahay Kawayan. A Transitional House for the Philippines
Authors: Ana Gatóo, Elizabeth Wagemann, Michael H. Ramage.
Year: 2015
ISBN: 978-0-903428-36-1