Working hands on with different materials has always been my guilty pleasure. When the opportunity came up to take part in an AA visiting school, visiting a new country and working with bamboo, it was something I could not refuse.
This workshop taught us, hands on, how to cultivate, harvest and use bamboo in construction in various ways. Living in a forest with bamboo growing around us, and a bamboo treatment plant on site, made it possible for us to pick up diverse local knowledge on vernacular architecture.
We had tutors from UK, Europe and Asia come in to teach and work with us. The final one is to one model we built was this collapsible/folding bamboo pavilion to be used in the outdoor spaces of a proposed architecture school in the region.