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The 2019 International Bamboo Construction Competition (IBCC 2019) is now accepting submissions.
Bamboo provides millions of households across the world with employment and building materials. It is often used as a fast-growing alternative to timber or other building materials, and its products can have a low or even negative carbon footprint across their lifecycle. Well-designed bamboo structures are known to withstand earthquakes and tropical storms remarkably well.
In recent years, the global bamboo construction sector has made remarkable achievements: hundreds of large commercial projects are built using bamboo, and in 2018 the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors’ ‘Cities for our Future’ prize was awarded to a bamboo house that can be assembled in four hours.
This year, with the supports of more than 40 universities, institutes and private sectors from across the world, the International Bamboo and Rattan Organisation (INBAR) is organising IBCC 2019: an international competition that invites students to explore the potential construction applications for both bamboo poles and engineered bamboo products.
“The competition invites students to explore the potential construction applications for both bamboo poles and engineered bamboo products”
The theme of IBCC 2019 is ‘Blossom’, and the aim is to construct a garden building design with an area of three metres by three metres. The competition is aimed at university students of architecture, civil engineering, landscape architecture and other construction-related courses from across the world. All submissions must come from teams consisting of one advisor and three students. All entries will be judged by an online jury committee consisting of experts from INBAR’s Construction Task Force, which includes 28 bamboo construction experts from 18 countries, and 11 on-site juries. (For more information on eligibility requirements and how to apply, please download the PDF here.)
The top three finalists will be invited to build their structures at INBAR’s Pavilion during the Bejiing Horticultural Expo and will compete for one 1st prize and two 2nd prizes. One team member from each of the other 12 finalists will be invited to Beijing as well, to compete for three 3rd prizes and nine honourable mentions. All the 15 finalists’ designs will be exhibited in the INBAR Pavilion, and visitors to the Expo will each pick their favourite design – meaning that one finalist team will also be the recipient of a Special Award.
The prizes for the competition are as follows:
- 1st Prize (1 team) – Certificate and USD 5000
- 2nd Prize (2 teams) – Certificate and USD 3,000
- 3rd Prize (3 teams) – Certificate and USD 1000
- Honourable mentions (9 teams) – Certificate
- Public Favourite Award (1 team) – Certificate with USD 2000
The deadline for registration is midnight on 30 April (GMT+8), and the deadline for final submission is midnight 15 May. Finalists will be announced on the 1st June, and the top three finalists will be invited with full funding to build the real bamboo house in the INBAR Pavilion Garden during July; at the same time, one representative from each of the 12 remaining teams will be invited with full funding to deliver a presentation as well. An awards ceremony will take place at the INBAR Pavilion in Beijing on 19 July.
For all queries, please email IBCC2019@outlook.com
The International Bamboo and Rattan Organisation (INBAR) is a multilateral development organisation which promotes the use of bamboo and rattan for sustainable development. It is made up of 45 Member Countries. In addition to its Secretariat headquarters in China, INBAR has Regional Offices in Cameroon, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Ghana and India.
Its unique set-up makes INBAR an important representative for Members. With over 40 of its members from the Global South, INBAR has played an especially strong role in promoting South-South cooperation for the last 20 years. Since its founding in 1997, it has been making a real difference to the lives of millions of people and environments around the world, with achievements in areas such as: raising standards; promoting safe, resilient bamboo construction; restoring degraded land; capacity-building; and informing green policy and Sustainable Development Goal objectives.
Featured image: Designer’s draft of the INBAR Pavilion at the Beijing Horticultural Expo 2019.