The (re)discovery of a sustainable material with endless possibilities


The world of bamboo is fascinating, inspiring, pragmatic and yet far away.

If we only let the facts speak, we have insufficient logic to gather the attention for bamboo it so much deserves. Facts are solid, since a social housing project with bamboo can provide shelter, while the land required to grow and harvest the bamboo will be cleansed and supply drinking water to the same community, offering a never-ending cycle of carbon sequestration.
But facts alone will not tip the balance: we must also open our hearts. This is why we need more bamboo ambassadors who speak from their deeper inside, who communicate through the Universe, and who ensure that tangible products are made available and can be enjoyed, both in function and with sight. Pablo van der Lugt is one of the unique players in this field. With his doctorate and engineering degrees, he incorporates the scientific perspective, but he also recognizes the wealth of bamboo beyond its mere functionality. Pablo starts from the hard facts of our predatory consumption patterns and the pervasive resource scarcity we are facing. Then he guides us through the technical details and finally opens up a world that is not only pleasing and soothing, it clearly embodies solutions our societies urgently need.

Prof. Gunter Pauli
Author ‘The Blue Economy’
Founder Zero Emissions Research & Initiatives (ZERI)

Table of contents

  1. Material Scarcity
  2. Bamboo Basics
  3. Bamboo Uses
  4. Bamboo’s Environmental Sustainability
  5. Bamboo Technology
  6. Bamboo Applications
  7. References

The Author

Building Engineer dr. ir. Pablo van der Lugt finished his PhD Research about the environmental impact of industrial bamboo materials at Delft University of Technology in 2008.

After his PhD, van der Lugt conducted various ambassador roles in the green building industry and has remained connected as guest lecturer bio-based materials to Delft University of Technology.

In the vision of van der Lugt, in the essential transition towards a more circular economy there are tremendous opportunities for smart bio-based materials made from fast-growing resources such as bamboo, to substitute carbon intensive, high performance materials such as tropical hardwood, steel, PVC and concrete.

Van der Lugt has written several books on bamboo design, architecture and sustainability, and regularly publishes his research findings about engineered bamboo and wood in popular magazines and scientific journals.

Publication Information

ISBN: 978-90-827552-0-6
Paperback: 208 pages

Published: October, 2017
Available in: English

Edition: First Edition
Publisher: Jeroen van Oostveen


Booming Bamboo

What we can do for you

Be amazed about what Bamboo can do for you! We are happy to share our knowledge and network with you towards a more sustainable world.

Booming Bamboo Lecture

Bamboo expert Pablo van der Lugt has lectured all around the world. Next time at your event?

Booming Bamboo Exhibition

The curated MaterialDistrict Expo “Booming Bamboo” could be the star of your show or event!

Bamboo Consultancy

Take advantage of the knowledge of Pablo van der Lugt and/or MaterialDistrict founder Els Zijlstra.