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Bamboo Futurisms

As part of an attempt to diversify Jamaica’s tourist-dependent economy, one that has suffered since the Covid-19 pandemic, the proposal explores the economic, social, and built-environment outcomes of developing and advancing a bamboo industry in East-End, Jamaica. The island’s current Bamboo-dealings have been limited to paper and small product manufacturing. This proposal looks at expanding that to all stages of the Bamboo life-cycle from cultivation-management-harvesting-treatment-processing and later use by multiple groups of Jamaican society and industry. This reduction in environmentally harmful extractive processes and their replacement with a sustainable one is the central concept driving the eco-sanctuary that intends to become a destination for local Jamaicans and foreign travelers.