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Bouw
met
Bamboe!

Bouw
met
Bamboe!

June 19 - 21, 2024
BlueCity, Rotterdam

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“Bouw met Bamboe!” is set to be the first of its kind gathering in the Netherlands, focusing on bamboo in architecture and construction. It’s scheduled from Wednesday, June 19, to Friday, June 21, 2024, at BlueCity, Rotterdam. The event will be conducted in English, and it will feature a symposium, several workshops, and an exhibition. It’s designed to ignite passion for bamboo as a building material in the Netherlands, welcoming Dutch architects, designers, engineers, carpenters, farmers, building product manufacturers, and students. Whether you are already working with bamboo or are simply interested in its potential, the event aims to bring like-minded individuals together on a common interdisciplinary platform. Engage in a dialogue, exchange ideas, and contribute to the shared development of bamboo as a viable building material for Dutch architecture.

Why visit?

“Bouw met Bamboe!” (Building with Bamboo!) is a three-day event in June 19-21, 2024, at BlueCity in Rotterdam, consisting of a symposium, workshops, and an exhibition.

Despite the many environmental benefits of bamboo, it is not widely used in practice. Most Dutch designers and architects are unfamiliar with bamboo’s unique properties and construction methods. To address this, world experts in bamboo cultivation, design, construction, and structural engineering will come to Rotterdam to provide lectures and workshops at “Bouw met Bamboe!”. This will educate participants and give them the confidence to work with this amazing material.

A centralized platform will initiate bamboo architecture in the Netherlands. The event is specifically intended for people interested in using it as a construction material for architecture. It includes Dutch bamboo producers, building product manufacturers, architects, designers, engineers, carpenters, as well as students who are interested in or currently working with it. Broadly the event is intended for anyone interested to design and work with the material in the context of Dutch architecture. It will bring interested individuals on a common interdisciplinary platform to talk, exchange ideas and contribute to the shared development of bamboo as a building material for architecture.

Why bamboo?

With the Netherlands currently going through an acute housing shortage and the government aiming to reduce greenhouse emissions by 2050, bamboo has the potential to be a game-changer. This fast-growing, versatile, biobased, and renewable material can very successfully help fight the current Dutch housing crisis, while also meeting sustainability goals.

Bamboo can mature within three to eight years. It grows well in poor soils and even in Europe, including the Netherlands. Bamboo absorbs up to fifty tons of CO2 per year, more effective than most timber species. Its dryness and ease of machining is ideal for rapid and efficient prefabrication. Its cultivation is cited as one of the hundred most effective measures against climate change. It has great structural performance and is considered almost as strong as steel. It has already proven its worth in Southeast Asia and South America, where architects and designers have created aesthetically pleasing architecture with high living standards using this incredible material. These innovative constructions include bamboo roofs and bridges spanning as long as 30 meters.

“Bouw met Bamboe!” aims to delve deeper into these advantages, providing comprehensive ways of exploring bamboo’s transformative potential.

Our story

Along with Atelier Nomadic, Studio Walden, and Maria Piels Architects, Summum Engineering is enthusiastic about the potential of bamboo in the building industry. With generous support from the Creative Industries Fund, Summum Engineering initiated the “Bouw met Bamboe!” event. These talented organizations were invited to collaborate due to their remarkable work and shared passion for bamboo.

Together, we aim to bring together individuals from various fields who share our interest in this versatile material, providing a platform for its collaborative development in architecture.

We look forward to welcoming you to our event and are excited for you to join us in our journey to revolutionize the use of bamboo in the Dutch built environment.
Contact us

Why visit?

“Bouw met Bamboe!” (Building with Bamboo!) is a three-day event in June 19-21, 2024, at BlueCity in Rotterdam, consisting of a symposium, workshops, and an exhibition.
Despite the many environmental benefits of bamboo, it is not widely used in practice. Most Dutch designers and architects are unfamiliar with bamboo’s unique properties and construction methods. To address this, world experts in bamboo cultivation, design, construction, and structural engineering will come to Rotterdam to provide lectures and workshops at “Bouw met Bamboe!”. This will educate participants and give them the confidence to work with this amazing material.
A centralized platform will initiate bamboo architecture in the Netherlands. The event is specifically intended for people interested in using it as a construction material for architecture. It includes Dutch bamboo producers, building product manufacturers, architects, designers, engineers, carpenters, as well as students who are interested in or currently working with it. Broadly the event is intended for anyone interested to design and work with the material in the context of Dutch architecture. It will bring interested individuals on a common interdisciplinary platform to talk, exchange ideas and contribute to the shared development of bamboo as a building material for architecture.

Why bamboo?

With the Netherlands currently going through an acute housing shortage and the government aiming to reduce greenhouse emissions by 2050, bamboo has the potential to be a game-changer. This fast-growing, versatile, biobased, and renewable material can very successfully help fight the current Dutch housing crisis, while also meeting sustainability goals.
Bamboo can mature within three to eight years. It grows well in poor soils and even in Europe, including the Netherlands. Bamboo absorbs up to fifty tons of CO2 per year, more effective than most timber species. Its dryness and ease of machining is ideal for rapid and efficient prefabrication. Its cultivation is cited as one of the hundred most effective measures against climate change. It has great structural performance and is considered almost as strong as steel. It has already proven its worth in Southeast Asia and South America, where architects and designers have created aesthetically pleasing architecture with high living standards using this incredible material. These innovative constructions include bamboo roofs and bridges spanning as long as 30 meters.
“Bouw met Bamboe!” aims to delve deeper into these advantages, providing comprehensive ways of exploring bamboo’s transformative potential.

Our story

Along with Atelier Nomadic, Studio Walden, and Maria Piels Architects, Summum Engineering is enthusiastic about the potential of bamboo in the building industry. With generous support from the Creative Industries Fund, Summum Engineering initiated the “Bouw met Bamboe!” event. These talented organizations were invited to collaborate due to their remarkable work and shared passion for bamboo.
Together, we aim to bring together individuals from various fields who share our interest in this versatile material, providing a platform for its collaborative development in architecture.
We look forward to welcoming you to our event and are excited for you to join us in our journey to revolutionize the use of bamboo in the Dutch built environment.
Contact us

Symposium

During the two-day symposium, we will be bringing together several renowned experts from diverse fields related to bamboo construction. From architectural design to engineering innovation, our speakers are at the forefront of bamboo research and application. The lineup is still under development, and we will be adding even more exciting voices to enrich this extraordinary gathering. Stay tuned for more updates.

20th June, 2024

09:00 – 09:30    Welcome note
09:30 – 10:00    Coffee break
10:00 – 11:00    Lectures
Architecture
10:00 – 10:30    Boris Zeisser
“Experiments with bamboo”
10:30 – 11:00    Olav Bruin
“Building in dialogue with the natural environment”
11:00 – 11:15    Break
11:15 – 12:15    Lectures
Architecture
11:15 – 11:45    Markus Roselieb
“Design and Engineering for Big Bamboo Structures”
11:45 – 12:15    Sanne Eekel
“Bamboo design – from Uganda to Europe”
12:30 – 13:30    Lunch (BlueCity Circular Lunch Buffet)
13:30 – 14:30    Lectures
Engineered bamboo
13:30 – 14:00    Pablo van der Lugt
“Booming Bamboo Revisited – the (re)discovery of a sustainable material with endless possibilities”
14:00 – 14:30    Sowrabh Shetty
“Engineering the Bio-based Future”
14:30 – 14:45    Break
14:45 – 15:45    Lectures
Engineered bamboo
14:45 – 15:15    Tahira Ahmed
“Building with Bamboo using adaptive moulds”
15:15 – 15:45    Thomas Lambooij
“Bamboo products in heavy lift and rail industry”
15:45 – 16:00    Break
16:00 – 17:00    Lectures
Cultivation
16:00 – 16:30    Hans Friederich
“Supporting a European bamboo industry”
16:30 – 17:00    Jan Oprins
“Quality bamboo plants, a key for success”

21st June, 2024

9:00 – 10:00    Lectures
Cultivation
09:00 – 09:30    Susanne Lucas
“Growing Timber Bamboo for Architects, What you need to know”
09:30 – 10:00    Maike Denissen
“Bamboo farming in practice”
10:00 – 10:15    Coffee Break
10:15 – 11:15    Lectures
Structural Engineering
10:15 – 10:45    Sebastian Kaminski
“ISO standards and key design considerations for building resilient and durable bamboo structures”
10:45 – 11:15    Esteban Morales
“12 practical tips for the analysis and structural design of 12 bamboo structures”
11:15 – 11:30    Break
11:30 – 12:30    Lectures
Structural Engineering
11:30 – 12:00    Luis Felipe López
“Bamboo as structural material, an alternative for sustainable and affordable housing solutions”
12:00 – 12:30    Neil Thomas
“Grid Shells and Bamboo: A Perfect Pair”
12:30 – 13:30    Lunch (BlueCity Circular Lunch Buffet)
13:30 – 14:30    Lectures
Construction
13:30 – 14:00    Martin Mortera
“Building a green future : Architecture and social commitment through bamboo”
14:00 – 14:30    Jasper Niens & Rick Atienza
“Digital Bamboo”
14:30 – 14:45    Break
14:45 – 15:45    Lectures
Construction
14:45 – 15:15    Sankalpa & Manu Narendran
“Architecture of Bamboo construction”
15:15 – 15:45    Jörg Stamm
“Bamboo Architecture – unboxed”
15:45 – 16:00    Break
16:00 – 17:00    End note
17:00 – 19:00    Networking with drinks

20th June, 2024

 

09:00 – 09:30    Welcome note
09:30 – 10:00    Coffee break

 

Lectures: Architecture
10:00 – 10:30    Boris Zeisser
“Experiments with bamboo”
10:30 – 11:00    Olav Bruin
“Building in dialogue with the natural environment”

 

11:00 – 11:15    Break

 

Lectures: Architecture
11:15 – 11:45    Markus Roselieb
“Design and Engineering for Big Bamboo Structures”
11:45 – 12:15    Sanne Eekel
“Bamboo design – from Uganda to Europe”

 

12:30 – 13:30    Lunch (BlueCity Circular Lunch Buffet)

 

Lectures: Engineered bamboo
13:30 – 14:00    Pablo van der Lugt
“Booming Bamboo Revisited – the (re)discovery of a sustainable material with endless possibilities”
14:00 – 14:30    Sowrabh Shetty
“Engineering the Bio-based Future”

 

14:30 – 14:45    Break

 

Lectures: Engineered bamboo
14:45 – 15:15    Tahira Ahmed
“Building with Bamboo using adaptive moulds”
15:15 – 15:45    Thomas Lambooij
“Bamboo products in heavy lift and rail industry”

 

15:45 – 16:00    Break

 

Lectures: Cultivation
16:00 – 16:30    Hans Friederich
“Supporting a European bamboo industry”
16:30 – 17:00    Jan Oprins
“Quality bamboo plants, a key for success”

21st June, 2024

 

Lectures: Cultivation
09:00 – 09:30    Susanne Lucas
“Growing Timber Bamboo for Architects, What you need to know”
09:30 – 10:00    Maike Denissen
“Bamboo farming in practice”

 

10:00 – 10:15    Coffee Break

 

Lectures: Structural Engineering
10:15 – 10:45    Sebastian Kaminski
“ISO standards and key design considerations for building resilient and durable bamboo structures”
10:45 – 11:15    Esteban Morales
“12 practical tips for the analysis and structural design of 12 bamboo structures”

 

11:15 – 11:30    Break

 

Lectures: Structural Engineering
11:30 – 12:00    Luis Felipe López
“Bamboo as structural material, an alternative for sustainable and affordable housing solutions”
12:00 – 12:30    Neil Thomas
“Grid Shells and Bamboo: A Perfect Pair”

 

12:30 – 13:30    Lunch (BlueCity Circular Lunch Buffet)

 

Lectures: Construction
13:30 – 14:00    Martin Mortera
“Building a green future : Architecture and social commitment through bamboo”
14:00 – 14:30    Jasper Niens & Rick Atienza
“Digital Bamboo”

 

14:30 – 14:45    Break

 

Lectures: Construction
14:45 – 15:15    Sankalpa & Manu Narendran
“Architecture of Bamboo construction”
15:15 – 15:45    Jörg Stamm
“Bamboo Architecture – unboxed”

 

15:45 – 16:00    Break
16:00 – 17:00    End note
17:00 – 19:00    Networking with drinks

Workshops

Discover the transformative potential of bamboo in our series of workshops led by industry experts. From hands-on model making to technical classes on structural engineering, and construction workshops, delve into the art and science of building with this sustainable material. Unlock new skills and insights to shape the future of sustainable architecture and design.

Exhibition

Explore our curated exhibition featuring innovative bamboo design and construction solutions. The showcase is still under development and will run throughout the event. It’s focus is to promote the work done by Dutch bamboo designers, architects, and product manufactures, aiming to inspire the participating individuals.

Bambooder, Amsterdam, NL
BambooLogic, Nijmegen, NL
BKVV Architects, Amsterdam, NL
Impossible Projects, Rotterdam, NL
Mocadazu Luxury Tents, Den Haag, NL
Architecture Brio, Rotterdam, NL
Curveworks, Alphen aan den Rijn, NL

Natrufied Architecture, Bergen, NL
Atelier Nomadic, Rotterdam, NL
Strito Development, Nijmegen, NL
Summum Engineering, Rotterdam, NL
Walden Studio, Rotterdam, NL
MOSO Bamboo, Hoorn, NL
Dragonwood, Utrecht, NL

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