From its humble beginning in 2014, the Bambuild project is a student run project utilising bamboo as the primary construction material for a large scale architectural installation on QUT's Gardens Point Campus. The projects aim to include students and upcoming designers in the project as much as possible. Within this all students are encouraged to take part in the project as volunteers to learn about sustainable practises, alternative and traditional building methodology and about the many applications of bamboo.
BAMBUILD seeks to teach students about ecological and sustainable practices involved with bamboo, through exposure to its inherent material properties, its alternative making approaches and finally, its post-life/reuse capacities. The intention always with BAMBUILD is to develop each project within a participatory approach, whereby designs which are selected through a design competition are developed with the designers, project team, bamboo advisors and consultants. The project also includes hands on tutorials for the potential use of the prescribed material, involvement in harvesting and participation within the final installation stage. During the design development stage all participants who enter the BAMBUILD competition are invited to help provide additional insight into the creative process through model making and design thinking. The long term outcome seeks to produce an installation strong enough to withstand three months onsite and to reuse the materials once de-installed; either by recycling through bio char or repurposed for other sustainable projects; such as garden planters. The realisation of BAMBUILD is dependent upon many factors including many real world processes such as design documentation and testing of bamboo installation methods, signoff and approval by engineers, workplace safety and university executive review, and co-ordination roles during installation. Key to the projects success has been the value placed in inclusive team work, and how all involved can influence the final outcome and produce an inspiring highly resolved work