Why is Hong Kong last frontier for bamboo scaffolders?

Shouldering the frame: Scaffolder Anson Yan, 31, carries a supply of bamboo rods. Photo: Nora Tam

In Hong Kong - the last frontier of bamboo scaffolding - where tall, skinny buildings shoot up daily, more than five million bamboo rods, each six to seven metres long, are used every year by the construction industry.

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Briefs, December 23, 2012

An anthology of 100 bamboo-themed Chinese poems has been published that features a foreword and a poem by former president Jiang Zemin.

23 Dec 2012 - 5:26am

Christmas gifts: ideas that keep appreciating

Illustration: Mario Rivera

With Christmas fast approaching (have you noticed how that process somehow accelerates in November) the time has come for the financially minded to focus on gifts that will not only please but increase in value.

26 Nov 2012 - 2:17am

Sprout it from the rooftop

It's simply called Green School (without 'the'). The name, imposed over stylised bamboo shoots on its logo, even links the two words together. Nestled in rainforest beside a burbling river in Bali, this is an international school with a difference.

3 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Innovative products show no lack of imagination

Exquisitely crafted fine-bone china porcelain, a decadent reversible dog coat with removable faux chinchilla fur collar, and a fat-free potato crisp maker are just a few of the innovative new products to be showcased at this year's fair.

20 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Amanfayun, Hangzhou

What is it? Luxury hotel group Aman has got its hands on a village near Hangzhou and turned it into a five-star resort - in a good way. The village buildings have been cleverly transformed into the usual high-end hotel staples - a reception area, a library, guest bedrooms, several restaurants and a spa - but the result is remarkably unhotel-like.

4 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Cane and able

Taiwanese designer and founder of the avant garde Dragonfly Design Centre, Jeff Shi is in town to speak at Business of Design Week. Shi is part of a growing group of Chinese contemporary designers who take their cues from traditional bamboo crafts and culture.

2 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Making a design statement with eco-friendly bamboo

Julia Washbourne recalls a life-changing moment in Ivory Coast five years ago, when she was on her way to visit a coffee plantation. Her vehicle was bumping down a dirt road towards a huge 'tunnel' made of thick, tree-tall bamboo trunks.

17 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Shop Window: Green choices

Early climate consciousness

12 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Planting ideas

The little pots containing four small bamboo plants tied together with a red ribbon - a common sight - are often assumed to relate to wealth. As the wealth sector as per the Flying Stars is located in the northwest this year, you may have thought it would be a good idea to place the bamboo in this sector.

24 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Make a statement with chic, eco-friendly fashion

Glamour and eco-consciousness shared the runway at the EcoChic Asia fashion show, hosted by the non-profit Green2Greener and Messe Frankfurt at the Interstoff Asia Essential textiles fair.

8 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Forces of Nature

The Rotunda April 19 to 30

For a fortnight starting next Monday, five veteran local visual artists will bring to Central's pulsating financial district a touch of Zen and calmness with works that are made of natural materials such as earth, bamboo and metal.

15 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Industrialists eye potential of bamboo as earth-saving alternative to timber

It is the poor man's timber, but it could help protect the earth from climate change.

Bamboo, a building material used for thousands of years, is gaining attention for its potential to arrest the runaway destruction of forests due to its almost miraculous replenishment rate.

28 Dec 2009 - 12:00am


Today: Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce luncheon: 'Creating an innovative business through a better user experience design'.

Canadian Chamber of Commerce breakfast: 'The sustainable buildings master class series: Session 4 - Green rooftop strategies'. Cliftons.

30 Sep 2009 - 12:00am


It's all well and good being eco-friendly but who wants to sacrifice great design for the inestimable virtues of going green?

10 May 2009 - 12:00am