Building Bonds, Building Safety: A Bamboo Pavilion Fostering Communities of Care. A Blueprint for Co-Creation, Sustainability, and Empowerment
Building Bonds, Building Safety: A Bamboo Pavilion Fostering Communities of Care. A Blueprint for Co-Creation, Sustainability, and Empowerment

Building Bonds, Building Safety: A Bamboo Pavilion Fostering Communities of Care. A Blueprint for Co-Creation, Sustainability, and Empowerment

Kika proposes a concept for bamboo pavilions dedicated to women, aimed at enhancing their perception of safety within Latin American cities. Informed by comprehensive research, including 4 months of on-site analysis, over 30 in-depth interviews, and a survey, the pavilions represent a tangible response to women’s needs. They are strategically integrated within the network of the UVA Units for the Articulation of Life, a well-functioning social urbanism program from Medellín, Colombia.

Bamboo is chosen as the primary building material for its social and environmental sustainability, as well as its potential to empower women in construction. The pavilion serves as a transformative space where women actively participate in its construction, management, and maintenance, fostering a sense of community care. The design allows for easy alterations to meet evolving needs, with walls doubling as shelves and the entire pavilion functioning as an adaptable frame.

To maximize bamboo’s sustainability benefits, concepts for demountable foundations and joints are proposed, aligning with the theme of circularity highlighted at the European Bamboo Expo. A currently considered real-scale prototype at the Green Village on TU Delft campus, in cooperation with The Best Bamboo, aims to showcase the pavilion’s potential for strengthening community bonds and enhancing safety.

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