Bamboo has long been used in Asia as a durable, strong and affordable building material that can potentially stand up better than modern materials (like concrete) in earthquakes, and has a tensile strength comparable to steel.
Founded in 2008, Bali's Green School is an international, holistic learning center for sustainable living that brings together students locally and from all over the world on a 20-acre campus that boasts 75 bamboo-based buildings that run on solar, micro-hydropower and bio-diesel. The school recently completed an impressive bamboo bridge linking the school's facilities together, as seen in this time-lapse video.
Seen on Designboom, the design and construction of the Green School's new bridge was overseen by Indonesian firm PT Bamboo Pure over a period of four months, using scaffolding that was also made of bamboo.
Nicknamed in honour of the eight millenium development goals, the Millenium Bridge's structure consists of 192 bamboo poles to symbolize the world's 192 countries, and was entirely funded by donations from the local communities. Using time-tested, traditional methods of building, the bridge's roof is thatched with lalang-alang, a local grass.
There's a lot to the Green School's philosophy, as it aims to be "a seed, a model" for other schools integrating sustainability and holism in education. For more information, check out our previous post on the Green School, watch the founders' TED talk and visit their site.