From nature-inspired to human-engineered: Intl. competition promotes sustainability of bamboo

House Loti, lotus-shaped modern bamboo house, won the top prize at the International Bamboo Construction Competition 2019 (IBCC) in Beijing on July 19. It is designed by Audrey Mertens, Fantine Fontaine and Chen Qi from the University of Liege in Belgium. The flowing and floral style was inspired Audrey Mertens' trip to Bali and multicultural influences from France, UK, and China. More than 70 teams from 12 countries entered the competition, designing a standalone structure using natural and engineered bamboo. IBCC 2019 is organized by the International Bamboo and Rattan Organization (INBAR), aiming at providing sustainable "bamboo" solutions to housing shortages, climate change, and adaptation. Top three teams from China, Belgium and Ethiopia, built their structures in 3D at the ongoing Beijing Horticultural Expo. A Machine of Bamboo, joint second prize winner, is designed by Wu Huimin, Li Xiaonan, and Zhou Sicheng from Nanjing University, experimenting with the potential of engineered bamboo. The INBAR is encouraging global universities to train students to use bamboo as a construction material. The top three finalists' structures are on display in the INBAR Garden at the 2019 Beijing Horticultural Expo until October 10.