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Simon Velez : Architect / Mastering Bamboo

Simon Velez : Architect / Mastering Bamboo


Simon Velez was born in Manizales, Colombia, in 1949, and began his career forty years ago. Velez is renowned for his joinery systems that brilliantly utilize bamboo as a permanent structural element in both residential and commercial structures. For four consecutive years he has been invited by the Vitra Design Museum and the George Pompidou Centre to conduct workshops in France in which structures of bamboo-guadua were built as an instructive exercise. In this monograph, illustrated by Deidi von Schaewen's photographs, Pierre Frey offers us a rare insight into the works of this architect. Throughout the book, texts and images introduce us to a panorama of constructions as well as to the architect's idiosyncratic construction techniques, which are part of a vernacular architecture that the author considers as `symptomatic of the state of the world and societies populating it'. Whether he is working with concrete, steel or other forms of wood, he works in the same way.

  •  Paperback | 256 pages
  •  196 x 255 x 25.4mm | 790g
  •  Arles, France
  •  English
  •  Illustrated in colour throughout
  •  2330012373
  •  9782330012373

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