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Colombia is home to quite an extraordinary range of bamboo structures, primarily for housing. The use of bamboo for construction originates from pre-Colombian times and is mostly associated to one very strong and versatile native species: Guadua Angustifolia Kunth.
The talk ‘Building Colombian biodiversity with bamboo’ will outline the history of bamboo construction in Colombia, including the bahareque technique, to more modern architecture, especially the work of Colombian architect Simón Vélez, known for his innovative use of bamboo.
The speakers will also provide an insight into the exciting developments in the nascent field of bamboo engineering, in which they are deeply involved.
David TrujilloColombian chartered structural engineer and Senior Lecturer at Coventry University. David chairs the INBAR (International Network for Bamboo and Rattan) Task Force for Structural Uses of Bamboo, represents the UK at the ISO Technical Committee 165 Working Group 12 – bamboo structures and is a member of the Colombian Earthquake Engineering Association (AIS). From here he is leading an international effort to develop structural engineering standards for bamboo.
Dr. Héctor D. ArchilaHéctor is an specialist in bamboo architecture and structural design with round and engineered bamboo. He is the founder and Director of Research and Innovation at Amphibia BASE Ltd (www.amphibiabase.co.uk), UK technology-based company leading the development of commercially sound bio-based products using engineered bamboo (Guadua) as the primary material. He is a professional architect, researcher and entrepreneur with an industrial and scholar background in architecture, material science and structural engineering. Hector finished a PhD on materials science and engineering at the University of Bath, where he is now a visiting research fellow.