Bioconstrutions in Bamboo and Mediterranean Reed: The Canya Viva Method

by Margherita Bertoli and Matteo Mannini (CanyaVivaItalia)

Generally considered invasive because of its high reproductive capacity and adaptability, the Mediterranean reed (Arundo donax L.) is a plant with the major structural and artistic potential: its abundance and renewability and its mechanical properties offer the opportunity to use it as material for construction, with a freedom of expression that allows you to create organic and innovative forms.
It is undeniable that the characteristics of the space in which we move, affects our behavior: the creation of organic places, natural and characterized by curved line stimulates internal states related to the association, to the essential analogic, creative and musical universe. The experience of a living space of this kind is accomplished through a spherical logic that welcomes, embraces and regenerates, manifesting itself in the use of natural materials through participatory construction processes that are developed in the respect of the environment.

CanyaViva ( is a multidisciplinary collective based in Barcelona, ​​whose aim is to strengthen the connections between man and his natural environment, as well social and cultural.
Through its training courses, active apprenticeship workshops and social projects, CanyaViva is committed to the dissemination of technical skills and expertise, providing necessary tools to build their own space using local resources, with a minimum cost and without spending fuel energy. In this way it is supported self-construction and the choice of a more sustainable form of life, free and independent.

Thanks to the collaboration with active collective realities at a territorial level, such as WAO Festival, CanyaViva can continue with the dissemination and experimentation, offering multidisciplinary activities in line with the principles that gave rise to the project.

The WAO Festival2017 Main Stage structure has been entirely constructed according to the CanyaViva Method with  workshops throughout the year on the Peglia mount, and it is the first result of the application of a model of technical and artistic research based on the use of Natural materials by active apprenticeship and spreading knowledge.

In the proposed method, the space is a living organism that is born and grows as a work of collective art. Thanks to this approach, based on the respect for the natural cycles of matter, nature’s resources evolve and become transformed through participative human action, which creatively enhances its intrinsic characteristics. An architecture reflects the relationship between the creative power of nature and that of man, the basis of a living and multidisciplinary ecological consciousness.