Learn the Fundamentals of Bamboo Design and Construction.
Here in Bali, bamboo is redefining the rules of architecture and design, because we believe the future must be both beautiful and sustainable. The Bamboo U 11 Day Intensive follows a detailed curriculum taking you through the whole life cycle of bamboo from sustainable forestry to design and construction. Each topic is supported by both theoretical lectures and hands-on workshops.
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Visit Green School
Green School is where our bamboo movement started. It is internationally regarded as one of the World’s most uniquely sustainable campuses pioneering the way we approach architecture. Lead by some of the projects’ original architects, we will take you on an architectural guided journey through the campus where you will be given a detailed understanding on design principles. To further this understanding you will be given access to the Green School campus outside of school hours.
The IBUKU Design Office
The design firm IBUKU is the source of some of the most awe-inspiring bamboo structures in Bali and abroad. Get a chance to meet the designers and architects who work in this studio.
Bamboo Factory Tour
To understand bamboo you have to understand the supply chain. We source our bamboo from local farmer collectives in Bali and Java, but all the treatment, processing and furniture production happens in our factory. You will receive a uniquely tailored tour of our factory to understand the fundamental steps required for treatment before site delivery and bamboo furniture construction.
Discover Kul Kul Farm
Sustainability is about more than just bamboo! The Kul Kul Farm – original crib of Bamboo U – is an educational permaculture site. You’ll eat fresh food from the farm during Bamboo U and you’ll get a chance to tour our permaculture systems onsite.
Forestry & Harvesting
The bamboo journey begins with a bamboo seedling. We explain its entire life cycle in full detail through playful education. Theoretical knowledge is firstly given followed by hands-on practice. We guarantee that you leave this experience with an understanding of bamboo as a fantastic means of substitution for hardwoods and that you find bamboo to be a beautiful sustainable building material.
Treatment & Preservation
Bamboo is a relatively new material for modern architecture. Thanks to the discovery of new boron based treatment solutions bamboo is now a durable material. You will discover that there are several ways to treat bamboo. These methods will be explained so that you will be able to make an informed decision on which technique is best suited to your context.
Traditional Carpentry & Joinery
The Balinese people have been using bamboo for thousands of years. Their traditional bamboo knowledge runs deep and is an important part of how we build with bamboo. During the course, our local carpenters will engage with you to share their wealth of bamboo experience and knowledge to help manifest any design intent you may have.
Learn the engineering principles that make our elaborate buildings stand. Explore the possibilities and challenges on a range of structural techniques from the conventional post and beam techniques to elegant gridshell systems. By applying some of these concepts to tangible projects, you will see the opportunities, possibilities, and limitations they present.
We believe that our designs should comply to the principles of nature. You will learn how nature inspires our projects to follow organic forms, patterns, and systems alongside experienced designers. This approach to building can impact the health and wellbeing of both people and our built environment.
Bamboo model making is an art at the very core of our building process, and the models are generally used as on-site blueprints for full-scale structures. Models made out of small bamboo sticks allow us to explore the ways in which bamboo “wishes to be used”. We will take you through a series of applied workshops, and you will learn how to follow a design process that is a conversation with the material you are designing for.
ELIGIBILITY AND APPLICATIONS
The workshop is open to ages 18 +, and is tailored for people studying or working in the fields of design, architecture, engineering, construction, carpentry and for anyone inspired by bamboo and looking for ways to create a better world!
ELORA HARDY and the IBUKU Team
Founder and creative director at IBUKU, Elora has taken bamboo design to the next level in bamboo homes and structures with her design team. She spoke at TED Global in 2015 and this year at the C2 Montreal about her bamboo building and design experiences.
Orin Hardy’s work with Bamboo is a natural extension of his interest in the environment, and his work as a Permaculture designer. He has designed a variety of bamboo structures in collaboration with architects and bamboo carpenters as part of his work in Bali. Orin graduated from The Evergreen State College in Olympia Washington USA with a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies.
MIT professor and lead engineer at Atelier One, Neil is a light weight tensile engineer. He has worked on major projects including Gardens by the Bay in Singapore, Anish Kapoor’s sculptures and the Rolling Stones’ concert stages. His interest in bamboo resides in the sustainability and tensile properties of the material.
Having taught 3D design at Pratt Institute in New York for over 15 years, Scott has lectured internationally on form making and runs training workshops on abstract visualization techniques in developing hand-eye coordination. Scott now lives and works in Bali where he fell in love with bamboo while making time for his own sculpture and 2D mixed media works.
Trained in environmental sciences, Arief is considered as the world’s
top bamboo forestry and harvesting expert. He founded Indobamboo and aims at combining production with community development. He is a member of the Indonesian delegation for COP 21, 22 and 23.
EWE JIN LOW
Former lead architect at IBUKU, Ewe Jin comes from a conventional architecture background in Australia. His devotion to bamboo has inspired him to become an ambassador of renewable natural materials.
Senior Architect at IBUKU and a member of the team since 2008, Defit has worked on the design of Green School since its original conceptual process, making him an expert in the evolution of bamboo structures
JULES DE LAAGE
After graduating from the McGill School of Architecture, Jules spent some time in Brazil where he developed knowledge in bio-construction. His focus on bamboo was inspired by the German master builder Jörg Stamm, whom brought him to Indonesia as an apprentice. He joined Bamboo U in 2017
Sean & his team have invented a sustainable, non-carcinagenic epoxide; Bio-Epoxy. CHANGE CLIMATE is combining Bio-Epoxy, Bamboo and upcycled waste materials to create innovative new green products and disrupt tired, old building materials & techniques.
Architect from Bamboo U team.
The list of present faculty members for our December course will be updated upon availabilities confirmation.
Learn the essentials of bamboo construction
As a Bamboo U alumni, you will leave with a set of tools to help you build with bamboo in your own context. We do our best to ensure that everyone receives a rich learning experience that moves them forward in their personal and professional journey with bamboo.
Become a designer for a sustainable future
Whether you are an experienced professional, or just taking your first steps in the design field, you will receive insights on how to integrate sustainabilityy into your own practice. Stepping out of your familiar environment, engaging hands-on with a natural material, and exchanging with people from different cultures will allow you to step back and look at the bigger picture of our age and time. You may have to unlearn a thing or two, only to adopt a fresher, greener point of view.
Connect with an international network
As the bamboo movement expands around the World, so is our bamboo family. Bamboo U gathers a diverse group of international participants and facilitators from various backgrounds: follow and support their bamboo journeys across the globe!
The course fee includes accommodation in our shared Bamboo Lodges and Yurts at the Kul Kul Farm. It includes composting toilets and hot outdoor showers. Upgrades to private rooms can be done during the booking process. To find out about room upgrades or other rental options, email firstname.lastname@example.org, she will be pleased to help you!
Bamboo Lodge Communal Drom
Magang Lodge Double Room (limited availability)
Upon booking you will receive a course booklet including a packing list and all you need to know before joining Bamboo U. Please be aware that the course is a full time intensive course. The days begin at 8am and end on some evenings at 8:30pm. You will have one free day during the 11 days to explore Bali.