A collaborative initiative is being undertaken by women students and alumni of architecture and design of various institutions to build zero-carbon bamboo buildings. The initiative is based on a zero-carbon bamboo building project of the Department of Architecture, Brac University, Bangladesh, Heritage Foundation, Pakistan, and University of Glasgow, UK under a gender grant by The British Council, UK. Currently, 25 schools/organizations (8 in Bangladesh, 12 in Pakistan, 3 in the UK, 1 in Italy, 1 in Saudi Arabia, 1 in the USA) are taking part in this event. More are expected to join from USA, India, and Africa.
The 3-day event is scheduled for ‘International Women’s Day’ March 2022, to be held in all participating schools/ organizations, and will be screened live by The British Council on various platforms. Two students/alumni of the Department of Architecture, Brac University will go to the UK for building a structure there.
This event will showcase and encourage women in the design and construction of prefabricated buildings which can be used as regular houses or a disaster rehabilitation structures. A Core Team led by Prof. Zainab Faruqui Ali, Department of Architecture, Brac University is conducting meetings, tutorials, and workshops for all volunteers, with the help of architects and artisans skilled in bamboo construction.
Images show the prototype, online training sessions, works of the architecture students and alumni in training and constructions in bamboo.