Digital Bamboo and Digital nature

The use of natural and locally sourced building materials is becoming necessary for contemporary architecture if we accept the task to provide meaningful built environment for a growing world population. Abundant or renewable resources like raw earth and vegetable fibers are increasing their presence in recent design experiences.

At the same time, widely differentiated costumer demands, new notions distilled from an accelerated scientific production, intertwined and rapidly changing use concepts and the ambition to respond to sometimes conflicting inputs are making the design tasks more and more complex. In such a framework the use of digital instruments and an algorithmic control of design processes are extremely effective, if not mandatory. Moreover they can contribute to face environmental challenges like enhancing the climatic performance of buildings or optimize their structural behavior and thus reducing the amount of resources needed.

Through the ongoing design research project DIGITALBAMBOO which is part of the broader project DigitalNature, Rossella Siani and Stefan Pollak are trying to bring the two spheres closer together. In the first stage of the project, a special focus is given to bamboo species that are cultivated on the Italian peninsula. In a later phase the achieved results can be implemented at a wider scale with species from other regions of the world. South-East Asia, Latin America and some African regions seem to offer interesting perspectives for the described approach.

A project commissioned by BACAS and realized by:

Rossella Siani/BACAS Creative Director of Architecture Programs
Consultant in Algorithmic Design and Digital Fabrication | PhD in Technology of Architecture
& Adjunct Professor University of Naples – Federico II.

Stefan Pollak/BACAS Coordinator of Sustainable Design
Architect | PhD in Sustainable Urban Design | Consultant in Sustainable Design and Natural Building Systems
& Chair of AK0 association – Rome.

A BACAS - Fondazione MIdA collaboration
with the support of VAHA-digital design & AK0-architettura a kilometro zero