Technical Studies Lecture Series: Jan Balbaligo + Samsul Aripin, Zewa Architects “The Future of Building with Bamboo” | Tuesday, November 22 at 18:00 (GMT), M416 + Online


When: Tuesday, 22nd of November, 6pm (GMT)

Where: M416, University of Westminster, 35 Marylebone Road, NW1 5LS + Online (see tumblr page below for link)

“bamboo … the green steel of the 21st Century” 

Vo Trong Nghia 

Bamboo is not a new building material, but given changing environmental design imperatives, this aggressive fast-growing plant species provides a strong and durable construction material. Bamboo is the largest member of the grass family and is one of the fastest growing plants on the planet – Moso bamboo from China can grow up 900 mm a day. Bamboo can be ready for harvest and construction use in three to five years compared with 20-25, for softwood timber. 

Jan will discuss new developments in the field of bamboo processing and engineering and the Future of building with this fast-growing ‘regenerative’ construction material. The talk will also feature a contribution from bamboo architect Samsul Aripin. In January 2020, designer and Bamboo builder Jan Balbaligo working with non-profit arts and social enterprise Cosmic Convergence completed the Eco-Salon in San Pablo La Laguna, Solalá, Guatemala. The Eco-Salon is a multi-functional indoor space built on top of an existing public school to provide space for music, sports, arts, dance and other activities to complement and enrich the formal education. The building structure is a bamboo framework, with a bamboo lathe (bamboo splits) roof and bamboo split walls with a Bajareke (clay and sand) infill. Jan Balbaligo is a great advocate for the use of bamboo in construction and she has worked on a number of temporary festival structures and small school and community buildings.

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