Research Background

The importance of boosting Moso Bamboo as a building material during the

revitalization process of Chinese Traditional Villages.

1.

Post-Cultural Revolution

The fast economic growth of China happens mainly in Cities, while Countryside still proportionally as poor as before the 1978 Cultural Revolution.

2.

Abandoned tradition due aspiration of modernity 

The fast urbanization process of rural China is massively importing strange typologies of architecture, which do not obey at all to the local conditions. At the same time, traditional buildings are abandoned dramatically. This fact makes the rural sector less appealing for tourism.

3.

Relation of Rural settlements to Moso Bamboo

More than half to the Chinese Traditional Villages are settled among abundant Moso Bamboo forests. Such bamboo resources, if managed wisely, can contribute to poverty eradication

4.

Government & Business-man taking action  

Paralel to the fast economic growth of China, a multi-billion USD Bamboo industry has been growing with success in China, offering a wide variety of products derived from Bamboo, for local consumption & export to the World. Farmers began to increase their income considerably. The productive Bamboo forest management is possible thanks to the ancient knowledge of forces such as INBAR, CBRC, NJFU, among others. However, architecture hasn't benefited in the same proportion just yet. Authorities also insist in the combination of Bamboo management and rural tourism. Such is the case of Anji, the first Bamboo town in China. 

5.

Early intend of bamboo architecture for rural tourism

Anji town is nationally famous due their abundant bamboo forests and its derived rural tourism. However, the first intends of bamboo architecture in Anji does not satisfy the aspirations of modernity of rural dwellers. It is necessary to design and build new infrastructure that considers the local conditions such as history and environment, but without falling in the imitation of tradition. This new necessity obeys to the recently emerged architectural movement so-called "critical architectural regionalism". 

Possibility of Bamboo Architecture in Rural China

Reinforcing the ethnic tradition while satisfying the aspirations of modernity of local dwellers. Looking forward to the internationalization of Chinese Rural Tourism. 

The South Gate for Sino-Lavender Ecopark. Shandong, China. May 2018. (In progress)

The Role of Architecture in the Bamboo Industry

No country in this planet has completed the whole cycle yet. Meaning plenty of opportunities everywhere.

High-Resolution Poster: The Role of Architecture in the Bamboo Industry. 300 dpi, 4800 x 4800 pixels, CMYK.

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15 Barriers for Promoting Bamboo Structural Design

According to Shen et. al., the top priority to address would be the Ineffective action of governmental departments. But from the architecture field, the first priority (3rd level) is the lack of standards and specifications. However, China has no established standard. How to overcome this barrier for promotion?

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