Friday, February 8, 2013

The bamboo bridge

Locals at Davoa, Phillippines, waited eagerly for their government to help them by building a footbridge to allow them to cross the Matina River. No one coming for their aid, the villagers decided to undertake this task themselves and build it for them and the local community. Utilizing the material that they had at hand - bamboo, they were assisted by several architects,  that included bamboo master Andrea Fitrianto.  All their efforts collectively resulted in a gorgeous new bridge.

The volunteers selected Dendrocalamus asper bamboo for building the Matina River's footbridge which grew around the city's outskirts. First they brought the fast-growing canes on site and it was followed by treating the material to create a long lasting structure. Led by traditional Indonasian bamboo carpenters, the construction of the bridge provided local people with new skill sets and a bigger sense of commitment towards their community.

To make the bamboo even more stronger and long lasting, the main joints were held with bolts while bolts of cement was poured inside the canes. In order to make it grounded and sturdy, reinforced concrete made a good base on each side. The Bamboo Bridge - (Tulay Na Kawayan) Matina River is just an astounding structure made to cross from side to another, it is an example of what togetherness and cooperation can achieve with a hint of craftsmanship. The time frame? Just a month!

Photo : Andrea Fitrianto


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