Long ignored beyond the developing world, bamboo (a grass, not a tree) has the compressive strength of concrete and the tensile strength of steel. Unlike those materials, it sequesters carbon as it grows instead of emitting it while it’s made.
It replenishes rapidly, shooting up by as much as three feet per week. It’s hollow and lightweight. There’s no wood that can compete with that. Mexican architecture firm CO-LAB recently designed Luum Temple, a bamboo pavilion in Tulum, Mexico.