The field of research
"Construction with Bamboo" is established at the Instiute for Structural Design of RWTH Aachen University
since 1999. Since 2001 an academic training on this topic takes place lead by
Rottke. The aim of our work is to promote the use of bamboo as a building
material for ambitous buildings.
First experiences in
Building with Bamboo date from 1995 when there was a
cooperation with Jörg Stamm who works on bamboo
projects in Colombia and contacted our institute for a statics calculation
for a bamboo bridge.
Our work includes three
Our Website aims at gathering information on the topic "Construction
with Bamboo" and at making it open to the
public. The articles are written by students in context of the bamboo course.
A further topic is the development of space frames in bamboo and especially
the technical details. The traditional fixing techniques for bamboo buildings
require notable craftsmanship. That is why we are looking for solutions which
allow much prefabrication and which can be applied for spatial structures.
We erect experimental buildings in order to test our developments in practice.
The BambooDome was built in July 2004. It is based
on the Diploma of our former student assistant Christoph
Tönges. Students and Scouts from Aachen and
Luxemburg took part in the assembly of the dome. The final assembly took only
one day because of the extensive prefabrication.
We offer more detailed
information on our work in pdf file format:
1-Bamboo as a Building Material
2-State of the Art
3-Bamboo at the Institute for Structural Design
4-Development of the Beam Connection in Bamboo