Nearly 40 young students who participated in a three month building project in Wuhan, China had a chance to experiment with living bamboo as a vital construction material. Led by architects Mu Wei, Sam Cho and Yu Hui for Natur Organic Life, the 'City in Sky' workshop was designed to steer the architectural conversation away from concrete and steel, and back towards a more organic approach that dominated Asian architecture for eons.
‘City in Sky’ is comprised of a platform elevated on stout bamboo poles, a series of small huts, and two living, growing open air bamboo structures. These are made with live bamboo that were planted and then held in place with string in order to explore the relationship between nature and architecture. Instead of chopping down trees or extracting material in a destructive way, this building method works more harmoniously with nature, though it remains to be seen whether it will be reliable over the long term.
The workshop organizers sought to remedy a rigorous and rote educational model deprives many Chinese children of a hands-on relationship with the natural environment, and their parents were able to attend as well. Although the architects were on hand to guide the process, the workshop participants were involved with sketching, modeling and construction.
Via Arch Daily
Images via Li Xiao & Jiang Jiang