Make sure you head to the V&A for these exciting London Design Festival events:
As a child, I always thought that London, Ontario was where the Queen lived. I was distraught to hear she actually lived in England. But I was a villager, we didn't have a lot of information where I grew up.
London, I can't wait: I thought the Victoria and Albert Museum was a place they kept stuff Victoria and Albert picked up when they travelled, but every time I mention the name people's eyes go wide and say, ‘oh my god’ and ‘wow’. So I'm changing my opinion pretty quickly, which is a good thing because I'm going to be there.
They will be doing an amazing exhibition of the bamboo models right at the front door and then we will be doing a panel as part of London Design Festival. I am very, very happy to be going there. Hope to see some of you.
Bamboo Futures 14–22 September 2019 Blavatnik Hall, V&A Museum, London Free entry
Bamboo is one of the world’s most sustainable building materials with the potential to revolutionise construction methods around the globe. It releases 35% more oxygen than trees and within 3 years a new shoot can be harvested for use. Bamboo is not only environmentally friendly but also incredibly strong. Its strength is comparable to that of steel while also having the flexibility to create dramatic form.
These properties make it the material of choice for Bali-based designer Elora Hardy and her team at IBUKU who construct bamboo buildings across the world. Every IBUKU building is devised using a bamboo model. The artisans use these on-site to visualise, scale and construct the bamboo superstructure each model represents.
The miniature bamboo buildings were devised for projects ranging from a Balinese kitchen-turned-design-studio to a bridge for Green School. The model displayed on the plinth was used for the construction of Sharma Springs, a six-storey family home and the tallest bamboo structure built in Bali.
Assessing radical solutions that could hold the answers to climate repair, rapid emissions reduction, sustainable energy sources, population growth, material, and land use. Could they make a difference to the future of the planet and what role does design have to play?
Speakers: Elora Hardy, Founder and Creative Director, IBUKU Professor Sir David King, Director, The University of Cambridge Centre for Climate Repair Dr. Douglas Parr, Chief Scientist and Policy Director, Greenpeace Jim Sullivan, Head, Global Sustainability Innovation Accelerator, SAP Charlie Paton, Founder, Seawater Greenhouses