Bambooroo | OCTOBER 2011
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SEMINARS:

19th of October

OlavBruin

Olav Bruin, “The Den”- A Children’s Bamboo Paradise

Dutch Architect graduated from DELFT in 2006, and has since been an active architect at the renowned 24H Architecture studio in Rotterdam. He made his debut on the world bamboo stage with 24h’s monumental bamboo manta ray, “The Den,” a children’s activity centre bamboo playground for Soneva Kiri Resort , Koh Kood. Since he continues to make significant contributions to Thailand’s growing realm of bamboo construction.

20th of October

MarkEmery

Mark Emery, “History of Bamboo Bridges”

Australian Landscape Architect from UNSW will present the history of bamboo bridge building from indigenous societies to contemporary commercial and public applications for bamboo bridges. Within this presentation we will explore the various architectural concepts that can be applied to bamboo bridge building.

Workshop Exercises:

Workshop Excersises

1. “Fishbelly” 2-D Bamboo truss
2. “Triple spacer” 3-D beam used with tents
3. “Wave Wall” bamboo sound barrier,
4. “Chicken net” ‘Surface-active’ structural mesh from woven bamboo skins.

PROGRAM

DailyRoutine

Wednesday 19th of October
8.00: Registration
– Enrollment
– Personal introduction from each participant

9.30- 12.00: Plantation Visit
– The wild bamboo grove- understanding the natural growth habit.
– The plantation- clump management how to control conditions for efficient growth.
– Species familiarisation.
– Harvesting the culm- Listening to the culm and “Spotting the spots”- tips for mature bamboo selection and sustainable harvesting.

12.00 Midday: Lunch at the Pool Restaurant
– A selection of Thai dishes meat and vegetarian will be offered followed by traditional thai dessert.

13.30: Factory Introduction.
– Familiarisation of the anatomy of the bamboo culm, introduction of bamboo species of varying characteristics.
– Selection criteria for bamboo use, maturity, density, size, straightness, and colour.
– Preservation technique with salts of boron using the “horizontal submersion” for large scale and “Vertical Diffusion” for small cottage industry, and domestic use.
– Exploring the various drying and storage techniques.

14.30- 15.30 –Workshop groups : Getting familiar with the long round pole
– Temporary and woven structures- Handling tips and group co-operation exercise.

15.30-17.00: Workshop groups : Material Selection and Site preparation.
– Group 1.“Fish-belly truss” – Bamboo selection. Cartesian plotting point to make a ‘jig’ on the ground.
– Group 2. “Triple spacer” 3D beam- Selecting Preparing materials
– Group 3. “Wave wall”- Bamboo selection.
– Group 4. “Chicken net” Making bamboo splits and processing with the bamboo skinning machine.

18.00: Dinner @ “The Prem Residence”
20.30 Evening Seminar:
– Mark Emery, Bamboo Bridges.

Thursday 20th of October.

Buggy Workshop

08.00: Breakfast @ “The Prem Residence”
09.00: Daily Introduction
The function of the introduction is to discuss questions from the day before and to give the participants an idea of what will happen during the day. With this information the participants can decide if they wish to rotate groups or stay with your original team.
10.00: Workshop groups : Material Selection and Site preparation.

– Group 1.“Fish-belly truss” – Bamboo selection. Cartesian plotting point to make a ‘jig’ on the ground.
– Group 2. “Triple spacer” 3D beam- Reducing bamboo ends for use with the steel unions.
– Group 3. “Wave wall”- Secure scaffolding to support steel tube. Begin installing bamboo poles.
– Group 4. “Chicken net” Begin weaving classes. We will be weaving large panels 9m x 5m panels.

12.00 Midday: Lunch at the Pool Restaurant
– A selection of thai dishes meat and vegetarian will be offered followed by traditional thai dessert.

13.30- 16.30 : Workshop groups
– Group 1.“Fish-belly truss” – Pairing and bending Bamboos. Making ‘Fish-mouth’ joints.
– Group 2. “Triple spacer” 3D beam- Learn how to operate a 3-D jig. Steel pipe connection details.
– Group 3. “Wave wall”- Fabricating the wall panels on the ground we can attach the bamboo poles one by one using thread steel rod, nuts and washers. At the end of the day each connection is mortar grouted ready to be lifted the following day.
– Group 4. Design Competition! Who can design the best 3D organic architectural form to be built at 1:1 scale.(Dimensions requirements. 4X4m)

16.30 – 17.00: Daily Wrap-up
The main point of the wrap up is to gather all the groups and to discuss what happened during the day. As many people are focussed on their groups construction exercise, it is important for everybody to know what happened in the other groups so that they understand all the exercises.

18.00 Dinner @ “The Prem Residence”
20.30 Evening Seminar:
– Olav Bruin, “The Den”- A Children’s Bamboo Paradise

THE DEN

Friday the 21st of October.

8.00 Breakfast @ “The Prem”
9.00 Daily Introduction
Today being the final day we will be at full speed with the workshop constructions. Everybody will be clearly briefed as we must move into high gear to complete and install the prefabricated constructions.

10.00-12.00: Workshop groups
– Group 1.“Fish-belly truss” – Preparing beams for installation onto bamboo posts.
– Group 2. “Triple spacer” 3D beam- Installation of finished beams onto steel plate footings.
– Group 3. “Wave wall”- Finishing last poles. Painting, Preparation of tripods for lifting wall panels into place.
– Group 4. “Chicken net”- ‘Surface active’ architecture or ‘Basket’ architecture- Participants build their own forms.

12.00 Midday: Lunch at the Pool Restaurant
A selection of thai dishes meat and vegetarian will be offered followed by traditional thai dessert.

13.30- 16.30 –Workshop groups
– Group 1.“Fish-belly truss” – Erection and fixing of fish-belly truss onto posts. Installation of bamboo Rafters.
– Group 2. “Triple spacer” 3D beam- Installation of canvas roof and tensioning of membrane.
– Group 3. “Wave wall”- Preparations for lifting wall panels. Final surface preparation.
– Group 4. “Chicken net”- ‘Surface active’ architecture or ‘Basket’ architecture- Participants may design and build their own 3d forms.

16.30 –17.30: Wave wall installation.
As this structure is quite large we must all come together for this erection ceremony as many hands make light work. As a combined group, we will lift the 8m “Wave wall” structure into place with the aid of bamboo tripods, pulleys, winches and shear man-power. This is the climax moment for the workshop where we put to the test our skills and group co-ordination learnt in the previous 2 days.

17.30: Group Photo.
Each participant shall receive a DVD with memories of the past days, and also a Certificate for completion of the workshop. Final evening we will join with finishing drinks.

18.30: Dinner @ “The Prem Residence”
20.30: Evening Seminar:
– Thana Tipcharoen, “The Bamboo flooring factory in Prachinburi.”

21.30: Leaving Party.
The final Hurrah with small snacks and drinks available for those wishing to celebrate your fine achievements with one another. The final night accommodation is included in your package so we recommend that we finish together on a high note and celebrate into the night.