In China, Bamboo is among the Four Gentlemen Plants (the other three being plum blossoms, orchid and chrysanthemum), as considered to be modest and unadorned, upright yet resilient, which are also properties of an ideal personality in traditional Chinese culture. Architecture built of bamboo is also close to nature and easily shaped and modeled. By weaving, aligning and bending, architects could create diverse structures that are interesting, light and economic, can be easily realized and have human scale. In recent years, technological innovation of bamboo material has also brought more possibilities to bamboo architecture.
From bamboo architecture, furniture and fittings to everyday objects, both the perfection in design and details as well as technical innovation are crucial to the quality improvement of the entire bamboo business. Hence to continuously create and increase added value of bamboo products is a matter of strategic importance to the restructuring and upgrading of the bamboo industry.
As the “Foremost Home to Bamboo in China”, Anji boasts a cluster of enterprise with advanced bamboo material production and processing expertise. In Anji, green is more than just a color, but also an attitude, an ideal of harmony between human and nature. In the G20 Conference this year that has attracted worldwide attention, “Anji Smart Manufacturing” made it to the international stage with themes of green home decoration and eastern culture and representative products such as bamboo chairs.
This edition of the forum invites guest speakers from China and abroad to share their views on the current status of bamboo architecture, living and industry. Discussion will not be limited to the academic and the abstract. Practical concerns and advice in terms of the more positive direction of bamboo architecture, culture and industry, the further development of this green and sustainable industry as well as other possibilities are also highly welcome.
Time: December 2nd-3rd, 2016
Venue: Narada Resort & Spa Anji, Xiaofeng Township, Anji County, Zhejiang Province
“Bamboo Architecture, Bamboo Life and Bamboo Industry” Forum
Discussing Bamboo, Infinite Creation Possibility of Architecture and Construction
Bamboo material is mostly used in the tropics and subtropics. With the increased attention to bamboo materials among architects, it is worth thinking about the similarities and differences of cultural expression of bamboo, the characteristic of bamboo as a construction material, the method to highlight the structural beauty of bamboo for architects, structural engineers and bamboo material experts.
Interpreting Bamboo, Brilliant Expression of Space and Objects
Bamboo architecture, interior, furniture, installation and products all have impact upon space, which requires ingenious conception to create expressive forms. What would happen when bamboo material meets concrete, metal, stone, glass, bricks and tiles…
Exploring Bamboo, Regional and Industrial Transformation and Upgrading
Technical optimization and application R&D of bamboo material is crucial to the industrial and regional transformation and upgrading. Critical mass of up-and down-stream vendors and effective communication between designers, enterprises and producers will be an effective approach to the structure upgrading of the bamboo industry.
People’s Government of Anji County, Zhejiang Province
CBC（China Building Centre）
Urban Environment Design (UED
Anji County Reform and Economic Development Committee
People’s Government of Xiaofeng Township, Anji County
Bamboo Industry Development Bureau, Anji County
China Bamboo Industry Association
China National Forest Products Industry Association
International Network for Bamboo and Rattan