Thursday, April 22, 2010

Safe Trestles and Bamboo DNA

Rerip is working with, the San Diego Chapter of Architecture for Humanity, on the Safe Trestles project. The project involves many organizations and individuals, and its goal is to create a safer, low-impact pathway to Trestles.

They opened up the design to everyone, and currently there are 104 entries ready to be judged. Rerip is one of 32 judges. The 10 semi-finalists will be displayed at the Lowers Pro surf competition on May 4th-8th.

Today, Rerip met with Gerard Minakawa of Bamboo DNA, to discuss the use of bamboo in structural, artistic and industrial design. He also loaded up his truck full of broken and damaged boards to incorporate into the display of the designs of the top 10 finalists.

Gerard is passionate about working with bamboo and has traveled the world working with many of the 1,200 different species of bamboo. He currently designs large pieces for events, festivals, parks, museums, and fences. Check out his stuff on his site, it is amazing!