by Iman M Ansari (MAUD ’10)
2009 International Travel CSFP Fellowship Winners Marta Anna Nowak, MArch 2012 and Iman M. Ansari, MAUD 2010 interned at the United Nations Human Settlement Programme (UN-Habitat). They worked under the newly launched UN Initiative for Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation where they focused on sustainable building technologies and materials. They developed a comprehensive guide for planting, growing, harvesting, treating and building with bamboo for sustainable low-cost housing and shelter.
This guidebook, Bambooklet (June 2010 publish date) will serve as a comprehensive guide for policy makers, developers, NGOs, architects, and all others interested in using bamboo as a building material. After series of analysis of bamboo joints, structural, mechanical as well as ecological properties of bamboo, they developed a design of a bamboo roof system. The aim was to develop a movable roof system that can protect the space from sunlight and rain but at the same time collect the rainwater and allow for ventilation. The roof would become part of a new housing prototype that could be easily built for low-income housing, slums, as well as temporary shelter in post-disaster regions.