10/08/19, 12:00PM

  • Tuesday, October 08, 2019

    Verle Annis Gallery

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Bhavna Sharma, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, USC School of Architecture 

Structural bamboo is the low carbon material of the future that is an untapped global resource. Bamboo in raw form is increasingly used in structural applications. While natural materials often provide low-carbon solutions, they are not perceived as conventional construction materials, such as concrete and steel, due to inherent variability, perceived risk and degradation. Raw bamboo can be utilized in composite form similar to glue laminated and other engineered timber products. The material is being investigated globally for structural applications, although the leap from fundamental research to mainstream construction has yet to be made. The seminar will discuss the use of bamboo in construction, provide background on structural applications, as well as research on engineered bamboo and the next steps to bring the material into design and practice.