The Architectural Association School of Architecture is organizing the next Bamboo workshop from August 17 - September 2, 2017.

In our fifth Haitian adventure, we will be working in groups to intensively learn a design methodology, software tools, and use this to propose an efficient, iconic bamboo structure. In the later 2/3 of the course, we will build one design as one group, and the construction will act as a catalyst for participants to learn about bamboo: joints; species selection; treatment; taxonomy; cutting; and propagation. Haiti’s lack of lightweight materials due to devastating deforestation, creates a problem only compounded by the hurricane and seismic threat. Nowhere in the world requires the integration of computational design tools, new construction methods, and lightweight materials more than this Island paradise and we are inviting you to join us and demonstrate the social, cultural, economic and ecological role of the architect, and take away compelling individual portfolios.

Our ongoing agenda is to change the current primitive stigma attached to bamboo as a material of choice for construction, making them aesthetically desirable, affordable and intuitive to work with. We will be teaching parametric software with climate and structural optimisation tools, underscoring this with an immersive series of discussions from prominent researchers, architects, and cultural figures.

With community participation, cultural lectures and visits to historic landmarks in Haiti, participants will have a rare opportunity to embrace many aspects of this Country, whilst simultaneously learning about bamboo, new design practices, new software, and construction skills.

You can apply for this workshop by contacting John Naylor (English) at haiti@aaschool.ac.uk. Application deadline is July 30, 2017.

For more information, see www.aaschool.ac.uk/study/visiting/haiti and haiti.aaschool.ac.uk. Or contact the coordinators: