International Bamboo and Rattan Organisation

International Bamboo and Rattan Organisation

Bamboo and Rattan Update

Bamboo and Rattan Update  Volume 2 Issue 1: ‘Vernacular Bamboo Architecture’

It’s one of the oldest building materials – but can bamboo be relevant to construction in the 21st century? The latest issue of Bamboo and Rattan Update speaks to some of the people who are modernising vernacular bamboo architecture:

The architects at SUP Atelier explain the inspiration behind the magnificent new Fish-Shaped Bamboo Pavilion in Yangzhou, China;

Marcin Dawydzik, chartered engineer, discusses how quake-resilient housing is being used to build back better in Lombok, Indonesia;

David Trujillo, civil engineer and Chair of the INBAR Construction Task Force, looks at the surprise rebirth of bahareque architecture in Colombia;

Pablo Jácome Estrella and Fabián Moreno, from INBAR’s Latin America and the Caribbean Office, explore the new bioclimatic bamboo housing design which has been accepted into Ecuador’s National Building Code.

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About Bamboo and Rattan Update

Bamboo and Rattan Update is a magazine dedicated to sharing the latest high-quality research and news about the bamboo and rattan sector. It is published by the International Bamboo and Rattan Organisation (INBAR).

Bamboo and rattan are two of the world’s most valuable non-timber forest products. These plants can be a critical part of more sustainable development. Bamboo and Rattan Update provides a platform for policy makers, researchers and development practitioners to showcase their news, research and activities from across the world.

Established in 2020, Bamboo and Rattan Update publishes four times a year, in March, June, September and December. The editorial team welcomes submissions on a range of topical, fresh topics with an emphasis on sustainable development, including:

  • Key messages on bamboo and rattan’s contribution to the SDGs;
  • Summaries of conferences or events about bamboo and rattan across the world;
  • Best practices, pilot projects and profiles of successful initiatives, companies and people which are using bamboo and rattan in new ways, scaling up their use, or raising awareness;
  • New research and applications into bamboo and rattan’s uses, with a focus on sustainable development initiatives.

Authors wishing to submit content should send a 100-summary of their intended article to Authors must bear in mind the editorial guidelines when preparing their submission.

Previous issues

Volume 1 Issue 1 (2020 Q3): ‘Bamboo, Rattan and Sustainable Development’

The first issue of BRU looks at bamboo and rattan for sustainable development. The issue features articles from a number of key experts in the field of bamboo’s research and use, from the 1950s onwards.

Download the issue here.


Volume 1 Issue 2 (2020 Q4): ‘Conservation and Communities’

This issue of BRU is themed around conservation. Authors in this issue look at the complex, interwoven relationships between bamboo, rattan, and the species which depend on these plants, including humans.

Read the issue here. 

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