Deutsche Bambustage


German Bamboo Days 2022 (Digital event)

Date: 21 October 2022

Time: From 10 am (CEST) “Central European Summer Time” to 4 pm (CEST) “Central European Summer Time”

Participation is FREE. You will get your login information by sending an email to

Event description

The roofs of the world
Bamboo – material of the future

When people talk about bamboo today, architecture, and the abilities of bamboo, the incredible load-bearing capacity of bamboo is usually associated with the scaffolding on high-rise buildings in Asia. How impressive these are. That these buildings have multiple floors of walkable bamboo scaffolding and how the craftsmen erect them with ease, in contrast to the ugly steel scaffolding here in Europe. Yes, the scaffolding with the thin bamboo tubes does not miss its optical effect. And the traditional knot art is also very appealing.

But how is it? Are the bamboo scaffoldings 50 m high on the ground? Do the bamboo stems have the strength to bear such loads? Anyone who deals with it knows that the bamboo scaffolding is usually attached to the facade in tiers. They are usually fixed to the ceiling, often with a short cantilever, so that one tier of bamboo framework hangs over another tier of the bamboo framework on the building. Sometimes a self-supporting bamboo structure spans two building levels. They are structurally fixed and connected so that the greatest possible stability is achieved. This is necessary because the node connections always give a little leeway. The steel scaffolding, on the other hand, is placed freely in front of the façade and can be built up to a maximum height of 18 meters so that it cannot tip over. Above the 18 meters, these scaffolds are also supported on a cantilever construction, which in turn theoretically allows 18 meters of free-standing scaffolding in front of the facades. In most cases, these 18 meters are not fully utilized for safety reasons. Both constructions have their advantages and disadvantages. But they are both only temporary auxiliary constructions for houses. In addition, bamboo scaffolding is now being knotted with ropes less and less, because industrially manufactured cable ties are increasingly replacing the beautiful and somewhat nostalgic knot technique. With little knowledge, you can tie a knot in no time at all and create a cross-connection with two cable ties, which can then be reinforced if necessary. This is an unbeatable advantage for the time factor during assembly and dismantling.

However, building with bamboo is not about temporary scaffolding, but about long-lasting buildings made of self-regenerating building material. With constructive solutions, it is possible to build various roofs and houses from locally grown bamboo anywhere in the world. Bamboo is increasingly taking a place among the building materials wood, steel, and reinforced concrete. And rightly so. We invite you to the German Bamboo Days 2022 to get to know outstanding architectural structures that were constructed with bamboo. An innovative process!

The internationally recognized bamboo architect Simon Velez from Colombia sees himself as the architect of the roofs. This is a very understandable image because bamboo needs to be protected from rain and sun. A building then lasts for several decades and generations. He states that a well-planned and constructed bamboo roof is the basis for a sustainable bamboo structure. This is certain, as long as you use the appropriate, naturally and locally grown round bamboo. And that is exactly the topic of the German Bamboo Days 2022.
During the German Bamboo Days 2022, you will get to know five roofs from around the world, developed and realized from bamboo by five planners. Different constructions, backgrounds, challenges, and approaches are presented to us using one example each from India, China, Thailand, Peru, and Colombia.

You are cordially invited to participate in controversial and constructive discussions that will accompany the lectures.


10.00 – 10.15 Welcome words by the organizer

Shrutie Shah – India

10.15 – 10.45 Pedagogical Bamboo project of Ahmedabad

10.45 – 10.55 Break out session

10.55 – 11.10 Questions and discussion

Changzhuan Shao – China

11.10 – 11.40 International Trading Center for Bamboo Products in Cuiping

11.40 – 11.50 Questions and discussion

11.50 – 12.05 Questions and discussion

Markus Roselieb – Thailand / Austria

12.05 – 12.35 Bamboo Sports Hall Panyaden

12.35 – 12.45 Break out session

12.45 –  13.00 Questions and discussion

Line Ramstad – Myanmar / Norwegen

13.00 – 13.15 Laufen Manifesto: “THINK LOCAL, BUILD SOCIAL, THINK GLOBAL”  Sustainability and humanity in architecture

About the ”Laufen Manifesto”

Announcement of the European Bamboo Expo

Big break 13.15 – 13.45

Andrés BäpplerColombia / Germany

13.45 – 14.15 The butterfly of Montebello

14.15 – 14.25 Break out session

14.25 – 14.40 Questions and discussion

Tania Cerrón Oyague – Brasil / Peru

14.40 – 15.10 A Roof as Archetype for the Amazonas Jungle

15.10 – 15.20 Break out session

15.20 – 15.35 Questions and discussion

15.35 – 16.00 General questions and discussion

The goals of German Bamboo Days

  • To present bamboo as a building material to the general public
  • Attention to the advantages of this sustainable and renewable, versatile material
  • Promote knowledge sharing between experts
  • Giving users and creators a platform
  • To inspire those interested
  • To establish international contacts

The topics of German Bamboo Days

  • Structural building and technical innovations
  • Construction projects with renewable raw materials
  • Concepts for the circular economy
  • The giant grass bamboo as an extremely ecological and sustainable plant
  • The interfaces of bamboo with complementary materials such as clay and traditional
  • Introducing bamboo products such as furniture, vehicles, musical instruments, engineering structures,
  • Bamboo constructions and public design
    future prospects; e.g. is there a European market for bamboo?

The Bamboo Days offers

  • Presentation forum of renowned bamboo builders and planners 
  • Projects by international speakers via online event
  • Presentation of student work
  • Conversations and discussions with experts
  • Exhibitions