Building with Bamboo
In places where it grows locally or can be farmed responsibly bamboo is a sustainable, safe and malleable building material. Bamboo is used to make an amazing range of products, from books and musical instruments, flooring and paneling, furniture and surfboards and recently has made its way to the playground. Incredibly fast growing and maturing, easily harvested, lightweight yet very strong, bamboo can be shaped and constructed in ways that traditional building materials cannot. Its high strength to weight ratio makes it highly resilient and able to withstand forces of nature, or children, as it may be. And maybe its most desirable quality, bamboo is a renewable, raw resource and if properly treated, processed and maintained its durability will last a lifetime.
Bamboo play structures and sculptures are popping up all over the world, with the decline of the availability of traditional building materials and the cultural swing towards sustainability and renewable resources, the popularity of alternative construction products is on the rise.
In May 2012, a new and unique park opened on the waterfront of the inner harbor in Baltimore, Maryland. Pierce’s Park features native plantings, natural play areas and original sculptures.