With a new team, we want to bring the cost of a bamboo house further down. With the knowledge and experience of the past two years, we will adjust the design so there is less material and less working hours needed for the construction.
An affordable, easy-to-build house of good quality that is adaptable to the various needs of the residents, that is our goal.
Bamboo is a strong building material. It can be produced locally, grows extremely fast, only needs few nutrients and and helps prevent deforestation of the rainforest. Also, the growth prevents soil erosion and has a high CO2 absorption.
Nicaragua is one of the poorest countries in Central America. There is a great shortage of housing and the existing houses have many qualitative shortcomings. This makes that 78% of the population is homeless or lives in very poor conditions.
We are three students of Delft University of technology and Leiden University in The Netherlands. The coming six months, we will work on the project Bambú Social 2.0 in El Rama, Nicaragua.
Marie-Louise Greijmans - civil engineering
Thomas Hebbink - architecture
Sophie Hengeveld - architecture, psychology
Within six months, we want to develop and test a design for social housing on site. We also aim to make a business plan for the prefabrication of bamboo elements and capture the project in a short documentary.