In a new recent research, we have been looking into the internal 3D geometrical growth of bamboo. We have focused on a very fast growing breed called ‘phyllostachys’ that, depending on a variety of parameters, can grow extremely fast and sense its environment to correct and reinforce itself while growing. In collaboration with macro-molecular and bio material scientists at KIT- Kyoto institute of technology D-Lab in Japan, we have translated the microscopic bamboo’s internal structure into producible 3D structures. Scaled-up by 3000% we can now study the natural geometrical growth patterns of the bamboo, both in terms of its natural structural porosity and its geometrical growth intelligence. The bamboo is ‘learning as it is growing’. This means that its structural internal 3D morphology is constantly changing and adapting to new environmental conditions, growing differently from section to section based upon a kind of inherited intelligence and sensory systems.
With thanks to professors Julia Cassim, Dr Yoko Okahisa and Dr Yukihiro Nishikawa of KIT and D-Lab, Kyoto Japan 2017 for the bio material science and microscopic data processing