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  • Bamboo Tents on the National Mall

    Colombian architects and builders for the Colombia Program will travel to Washington, D.C. for the Festival. Right now, they are harvesting and warehousing bamboo, and assembling a prototype of bamboo (guadua) tents.

    Our Colombian partners sent this photo essay of the different stages of the building process.

    For many generations, Colombians in the coffee-growing region have creatively used guadua for constructing homes, churches, bridges, and aqueducts. Guadua is native to the Andean forest and is ideal material for constructing earthquake-resistant structures. This is the first time that bamboo tents will be assembled on the Mall.

    Come to the Festival to see these innovative tents!

    Van Luong is the festival blogger for the 2011 Folklife Festival. 

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