Rising Canes

September 30, 2018

Bamboo and rope structural system

Rising Canes is a structural system made exclusively of bamboo and natural fiber ropes. Developed by Beijing design firm Penda for Beijing Design Week 2015, Rising Canes is an entirely modular, ecologically responsible, and expandable system for building construction.

Penda sought to explore the structural potential of bamboo because it is two to three times stronger by weight than steel and is rapidly renewable, and it has a small carbon footprint and can purify air near the shoot. Since ropes are used for structural connections, no nails, screws, or other mechanical fasteners are required in the Rising Canes system. Moreover, the use of rope leaves the bamboo struts undamaged and thus easily repositionable when new structural configurations are desired.

Contact: Penda, Beijing, China.

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