Bandung, Java

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Bandung, Java

Banjir Bamboo

Friday 16 – Monday 26 November 2018

The AAVS Bamboo Lab is a nomadic autotelic research programme of the AA Visiting School which explores the fusion of highly advanced computational design software and bamboo through design projects in geopolitical situations where bamboo can be a catalyst for resilient buildings, economic development and ecological restoration.

Parametric software now allows a material to be an active generator of design, with a high level of accuracy. However, the indeterminacy of the bamboo and construction practices in the less developed areas of the world, currently render this level of accuracy impotent. In this we ask, how we can bridge the gap which has emerged between simulated parametric computer modelling of non-conventional materials, and the realities of bamboo construction? As architects we can change the preconceptions of this sustainable material of the 21st century through spatial design and redefine the tectonics of bamboo construction.

In 2018, for the seventh outing, we collaborate with the Institut Teknologi Bandung and their advanced portfolio in this field. Our brief will search for practical systems for the flood zones of the southern Bandung area of Dayeuhkolot. The effects of flooding in urban areas of Java are however not due to nature, but man. As potent as the effects of climate change is the urban migration, in which the poorest are resettled to the flooded suburbs of new mega cities. Such cities are now sinking under the weight of ‘development’ with around 40% of Jakarta below sea level. Bamboo is a cheap, locally available sustainable earthquake resistant material, however cannot be exposed to water in a structure. Therefore, we ask, how can we successfully use bamboo in a flood zone? 

The course will be divided between working with bamboo and working in the studio and our tools will span from machetes to Rhinoceros and Grasshopper. In learning parametric structural software, bamboo model making, and 1:1 scale construction of a bamboo structure, we ask participants to develop new innovative, experimental, permanent solutions. These can be joints, building systems or urban strategies for flooding, to provide affordability, practicality, comfort and beauty to their end users. Projects will be required to respect local culture and be able to engage in a practical way with the current local construction industry, available bamboo species and traditional craft.

Prominent Features of the workshop/ skills developed

  • Design Training and Architectural Design Brief
  • Bamboo Model Making
  • 1:1 bamboo construction
  • Cultural Events and Trips
  • Inter-cultural and inter-disciplinary team working
  • Bamboo Cutting
  • Construction Health and Safety
  • 3D Computer Modelling
  • Parametric modelling for architecture
  • Finite Element Analysis software
  • Bamboo material information
  • Site visit to the Great Hall of Outward Bound, Jatiluhur


1) You can make an application by completing the online application found under ‘Links and Downloads’ on the AA Visiting School page. If you are not able to make an online application, email for instructions to pay by bank transfer. 

2) Once you complete the online application and make a full payment, you are registered to the programme. A CV or a portfolio is not required.

The deadline for applications is: 10 November 2018.


School of Architecture, Planning and Policy Development, Institut Teknologi Bandung                                                 Jl. Tamansari 64, Bandung 40116 - Jawa Barat, Indonesia


The AA Visiting School requires a fee of £695 per participant, which includes a £60 Visiting membership fee.

Fees do not include flights or accommodation, but accommodation options can be advised. Students need to bring their own laptops, digital equipment and model making tools. Please ensure this equipment is covered by your own insurance as the AA takes no responsibility for items lost or stolen at the workshop.

All participants travelling from abroad are responsible for securing any visa required, and are advised to contact their home embassy early. After payment of fees, the AA School can provide a letter confirming participation in the workshop.

All participants are reponsible for their own insurance including travel and health insurance. All participants also need to ensure that any equipment and valuable items such as laptops are covered by their own insurance as the AA takes no responsibility for items lost or stolen.


The workshop is open to current architecture and design students, phd candidates and young professionals. Software Requirements: Adobe Creative Suite, Rhino (SR7 or later), Grasshopper, Karamba

Programme Head

John  Osmond Naylor is a London based architect, registered with the ARB in the UK, and CNIAH in Haiti. He completed his AA Diploma at the Architectural Association in 2013, winning the Holloway Prize, the Fosters Prize for Sustainable Infrastructure, and was featured in Dezeen top 10 bamboo projects 2014. John has worked at MAD, Beijing, rare Architecture, Paris, Farshid Moussavi Architecture, and the Singapore University of Technology and Design, on complex projects in the UK, Singapore, Malaysia, China and Haiti. He is interested in the role the built environment can play in socio-ecological systems to promote sustainable development, through architectural research and education.

Bandung Coordinator

Dr.-Ing. Andry Widyowijatnoko started working with bamboo in 1999 developing plastered bamboo construction for low cost housing, which has been applied across Indonesia. In 2006 he spent time in Colombia which augmented his approach of promoting bamboo by designing high-end building to increase their value. One of his achievements in design was award winning Great Hall OBI, an oval building with span of 20m to 30m, entirely made of bamboo. He gained his doctoral degree from the Chair of Structures and Structural Design, Faculty of Architecture, RWTH Aachen, Germany in 2012. His dissertation ‘Traditional and Innovative Joints in Bamboo Construction’ focused on the classification of bamboo joints, construction techniques and proposed customised lashing-based bamboo joints with very high tensile strength.



Programme Head
John Naylor

Head of Visiting School

Christopher Pierce

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