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Building Colombian biodiversity with Bamboo

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Consulate of Colombia

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The Embassy of Colombia is delighted to invite you to a talk on the role of Bamboo in Colombian by experts David Trujillo and Dr. Héctor Archila.

Contrary to what might be expected, Colombia is home to quite an extraordinary range of bamboo structures, primarily for housing. The use of bamboo for construction originates from pre-Columbian times, and is mostly associated to one very strong and versatile native species: Guadua angustifolia Kunth. This talk will outline the history of bamboo construction in Colombia, including the bahareque technique, to more modern architecture, especially the work of architect Simón Vélez. 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 Trujillo

Colombian 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. Archila
Héctor 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.

The talk will be taking place at the Consulate of Colombia on 19 June at 6:00pm

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Space is limited. Reservations will be granted on a first come, first serve basis.

For more information please contact: events@colombianembassy.co.uk

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