Participants follow a detailed curriculum taking them through the whole life cycle of bamboo from sustainable forestry to design and construction. Each topic is supported by both theoretical lectures and practical workshops. They are guided by a team of academic lecturers and master builders. The course is about engaging with the material and immersing oneself both intellectually and kinesthetically to create a cohesive understanding of how to best apply bamboo to any context. Every course offers the opportunity to build full-scale structures and to develop design skills that will help inform each participant’s personal design projects.
Building Full Scale Structures
PROMINENT FEATURES OF THE WORKSHOP/ SKILLS DEVELOPED
- Engaging with engineers, designers and scientists about the potentials and limitations of bamboo
- Hands-on experience building full scale bamboo structures
- Approach to Biophilic Design and organic representations
- General engineering principles
- Bamboo forestry management and sustainable harvesting
- The art of traditional bamboo carpentry
- The evolution of bamboo architecture at Green School
- Visits to the IBUKU design office and bamboo factory
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 +, not only tailored for people studying or working in the fields of design, architecture, engineering, construction, carpentry but anyone inspired by bamboo and looking for ways to create a better world!
The course fee includes accommodation and food at The Bamboo Lodge. Accommodations are charming and rustic in shared bamboo bunkbeds (capacity for 20 pax), with indoor shared bathrooms. If you are a couple or simply prefer private accommodation we offer upgrades to private accommodations at the Kul Kul Farm’s Bamboo Yurts. To find out about other rental options, email [email protected], our team will be pleased to help you!
The Bamboo Lodge
The Bamboo Lodge
The Bamboo Yurts at Kul Kul Farm
The Bamboo Yurts at Kul Kul Farm
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.