Ruth Slavid talks architecture

Bamboo harvest

Posted in education, Uncategorized by ruthslavid on March 3, 2011

I have been talking to Broadway Malyan about their recently opened building for Stoke on Trent sixth form college. The ambition was to have a – well an ambitious – building. It is designed with two atria, one full of buzz and activity, and the other much calmer and more contemplative. They have created a bamboo grove in the calm one, having consulted experts on which species would thrive. And thriving it is. So much so, that the bamboo will soon grow too tall for the space, and have to be trimmed.

But what to do with it? It turns out that red pandas adore this species of bamboo.

So the trimmings will go to the red pandas – or at least the really fresh ones will. Red pandas are apparently very fussy, so anything not quite up to snuff will be guzzled by the giraffes. What a happy tale.

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