AA Visiting School Bamboolab 2018

Title: Banjir Bamboo

Location: Institut Teknologi Bandung

Dates: Friday 16th – Sunday 26th November 2018 (11 days)

Key Questions:

  1. How can bamboo work in structures in areas prone to regular flooding?
  2. How can bamboo address the critical need for functional resilient housing in urban areas?
  3. How can we bridge the gap which has emerged between simulated bamboo structures using computer modelling and practicalities of bamboo construction?

Architecture Program, Institut Teknologi Bandung in collaboration with AA Visiting School Bamboolab held  a course program to explore the fusion of highly advanced computational design software and sustainable natural lightweight material to spawn new architectural opportunities.

The AAVS Bamboo Lab is a nomadic autotelic research programme of the AA Visiting School which explores the fusion of highly advanced computational design software and bamboo through design projects in geopolitical situations where bamboo can be a catalyst for resilient buildings, economic development and ecological restoration.

Parametric software now allows a material to be an active generator of design, with a high level of accuracy. However, the indeterminacy of the bamboo and construction practices in the less developed areas of the world, currently render this level of accuracy impotent. In this we ask, how we can bridge the gap which has emerged between simulated parametric computer modelling of non-conventional materials, and the realities of bamboo construction? As architects we can change the preconceptions of this sustainable material of the 21st century through spatial design and redefine the tectonics of bamboo construction.

In 2018, for the seventh outing, we collaborate with the Institut Teknologi Bandung and their advanced portfolio in this field. Our brief will search for practical systems for the flood zones of the southern Bandung area of Dayeuhkolot. The effects of flooding in urban areas of Java are however not due to nature, but man. As potent as the effects of climate change is the urban migration, in which the poorest are resettled to the flooded suburbs of new mega cities. Such cities are now sinking under the weight of ‘development’ with around 40% of Jakarta below sea level. Bamboo is a cheap, locally available sustainable earthquake resistant material, however cannot be exposed to water in a structure. Therefore, we ask, how can we successfully use bamboo in a flood zone?

Courses are divided between working with bamboo and working in the studio and our tools will span from machetes to Rhinoceros and Grasshopper. In learning parametric structural software, bamboo model making, and 1:1 scale construction of a bamboo structure, we ask participants to develop new innovative, experimental, permanent solutions. These can be joints, building systems or urban strategies for flooding, to provide affordability, practicality, comfort and beauty to their end users. Projects will be required to respect local culture and be able to engage in a practical way with the current local construction industry, available bamboo species and traditional craft.

The Course:

  1. Design training and architectural design brief
  2. Bamboo model making
  3. 1:1 Bamboo construction
  4. Cultural events and trip
  5. Inter-cultural and inter-disciplinary team working
  6. Bamboo cutting
  7. Construction health and safety
  8. 3D computer modeling
  9. Parametric modeling for architecture
  10. Finite Element Analysis software
  11. Bamboo material information
  12. Lecture series relevant to the brief

The Participants:

The course is open to students, professionals and/or PhD candidates from a variety of backgrounds who are interest in the course, including those with a background in architecture, engineering and design and other related fields.

Course Guide:

Please download this guidebook of the course for more information.

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