Workshops

Curious about how to build and design with bamboo? Join our Bamboo U Build and Design Course.

This bamboo design and build intensive is an 11 day immersion into our bamboo world here in Bali. This program provides students with a foundation in Bamboo construction to inform their work as designers, architects, engineers, developers, entrepreneurs, and environmental advocates. The Bamboo U Campus is located next to the IBUKU design office and bamboo factory, and it is walking distance from the Green School. Our curriculum covers botanics, traditional craftsmanship, engineering, biophilic design, and the fundamentals of sustainable bamboo architecture. Every topic is supported by theoretical lectures and practical workshops. Participants will also have the opportunity to meet and engage with bamboo innovators, entrepreneurs, and designers. The course content is created in collaboration with the IBUKU design team and is inspired by the knowledge and know-how of world class bamboo experts.

Bamboo U(niversity) was an idea originally conceived to help teach professionals about the potential of bamboo as a green building material. In its current form it is a design and bamboo building workshop in Bali hosted by the Kul Kul Farm at the Green School; facilitated in collaboration with the bamboo design firm, IBUKU. Bamboo U is a unique opportunity to design and build with bamboo alongside some of the architects, designers and craftsmen who built Green School. The group will investigate the available sites and hear from Elora Hardy and her team at IBUKU, the design firm that designed many of the classrooms at Green School and all the houses at Green Village, and benefit from a range of global experts, including Green School co- founder John Hardy, who will inform the process.

Participants will engage in a series of on-site workshops and the group will experience first-hand the potential of bamboo. A couple of days will be spent modeling and the bulk remainder of the time will be given over to building 1:1 structures with guidance from skilled local craftsman. Interspersed will be talks/discussions about the approach to sustainability by the Bamboo U team and guest bamboo experts from different parts of the world. Participants will leave with an expanded, cutting edge view of bamboo architecture. They will understand the life cycle of bamboo from being a seedling to a home, and will gain key insights into the gifts and challenges of what it takes to build in bamboo. Finally participants will have the opportunity to contribute to the expansion of Bamboo U.