BAMBOO PROJECT

Working side by side with the ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) under the direction of their assistant professor for architecture and construction, Dirk E. Hebel, SG is planning a major joint research and study project involving bamboo as an alternative building material.

Bambus Projekt
Bambus Projekt

BAMBOO – THE ALTERNATIVE BUILDING MATERIAL OF THE FUTURE

Considering that most developing countries grappling with explosive population growth are situated in the tropical climate zone and given that bamboo thrives under tropical conditions, the project wants to evaluate whether bamboo materials that have been engineered with the help of an innovative industrial process should be promoted as a building material for the local construction industry.

The study focuses primarily on the use of bamboo as a steel substitute that is lighter, stronger, more affordable and resistant to corrosion. Bamboo grows very quickly, is an excellent carbon sink, does not rust and is extremely strong. Last but not least, it is, of course, a renewable resource.

Bamboo can be grown in regions where its properties are of huge benefit. Since bamboo is, furthermore, considered a pioneer plant and can be cultivated in soil that is unsuitable for food production or rendered useless

by depletion, it is not in direct competition with food production. It could provide the basis for an alternative construction technology, replacing expensive imported building materials and, thus, promoting economic sustainability in developing countries. Better still: bamboo might even revert the typical flow of building materials, which is currently directed mainly from developed to developing regions. Manufacturing high-performance products from bamboo may help give rise to local value chains, providing the foundation of a new key industry based on a renewable resource.

All of these reasons have encouraged Smiling Gecko in Cambodia to press ahead with the development of this new type of materials engineering in cooperation with the ETH (represented by assistance professor Dirk E. Hebel who teaches architecture and construction) in Switzerland and the Future Cities Laboratory in Singapore.

Bambus Projekt
Bambus Projekt

In cooperation with

ETH Zürich
Dirk Hebel

OTHER PROJECTS

VILLAGE SCHOOL PROJECT

AGRICULTURE FAMILY PROJECT

SMILING GECKO
CARPENTRY

FARMHOUSE SMILING GECKO

SUSTAINABLE GARMENT PRODUCTION

INDUSTRIAL EDUCATION & TRAINING CAMPUS

TUK TUK PROJECT

DIRECT AID

SUPPORT OF OTHER NGOS