Learn the Fundamentals of Bamboo Design and Construction
Here in Bali bamboo is redefining the rules of architecture and design. We believe the future must be both beautiful and sustainable. The Bamboo U 11 Day course 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.
Who is this course for?
The workshop is open to ages 18 + and is not only tailored for people studying or working in the fields of design, architecture, engineering, construction, or carpentry, but for anyone inspired by bamboo and looking for ways to create a better world!
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.
Meet World Famous IBUKU Designers
The design firm IBUKU is the source of some of the most awe inspiring bamboo structures in Bali, as well as abroad. You will get a chance to meet the designers and architects who work in the studio.
Bamboo Factory Tour
To understand bamboo you have to understand the supply chain. We source our bamboo from local farm collectives in Bali and Java, but all the treatment, processing and furniture production happens right here 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 location of Bamboo U–is an educational permaculture site. You’ll eat fresh food from the farm during your time here 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 given first followed by hands on practice. We guarantee that you will leave this experience with a deep understanding of bamboo as a fantastic, sustainable and beautiful substitute for hardwoods.
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 needs.
Traditional Balinese Carpentry & Joinery
The Balinese people have been using bamboo for thousands of years. Their traditional bamboo knowledge runs deep in their culture and is an important part of how we build with bamboo today. 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.
Bamboo Engineering Basis
Learn the engineering principles that make our elaborate buildings stand strong. 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 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 where you will learn how to follow a design process taking you into a conversation with the material itself.
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 sustainability 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 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. Join the Bamboo U family and follow the journeys of other members across the globe!
The course fee includes shared accommodation in our Bamboo Lodge. Upgrades to private accommodations can be done during the booking process. To find out about room upgrades or other rental options, email [email protected], we will be happy to help you!
Bamboo Lodge Communal Dorm
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 course course. The days begin at 8am and end on some evenings at as late as 8:30pm. You will have one free day during the 11 days to explore Bali.