First International Competition on Modern Bamboo Structure Building Design


Under the strategic goals of "carbon peak" and "carbon neutrality", vigorously promoting the research and development and application of low-carbon biomass building materials such as bamboo and wood is one of the key measures for the construction industry to achieve the "dual carbon" goal.

Bamboo is a fast-mature and renewable biomass material, and rich bamboo forest resources exist in many parts of the world, particularly many developing countries. Significant research progress has been made in recent two decades in developing bamboo based engineering materials and structures. In order to reflect such research and industrial advancements, the "First International Competition on Modern Bamboo Structure Building Design" is planned.

The purpose of this design competition is to enhance college students’ knowledge and understanding of the architectural characteristics of engineered bamboo and modern bamboo structures, and encourage their innovation motivation to use engineered bamboo for creative design. The organizers highly expect students from all over the world to "create healthy, comfortable and beautiful buildings with bio-based, eco-friendly materials and technologies, through advanced and rational design".

Organizing Institutes (UPDATING)

Collaboration Organizations (UPDATING)

Academic Advisers

International Academic Committees (to date) :

Co-Chairs of Organizing Committee

Prof. Xiao, Y., Zhejiang University, China
Mr. Dang, W.J., China Wood Protection Industry Association, China
Prof. Shan, B., Hainan University, China

Organizing Committee (UPDATING)

A. Prof. Chen G., Nanjing Forestry University, China
A. Prof. Chen S., Zhejiang University, China
A. Prof. Fan, Y.L., China South University of Forestry and Technology
A. Prof. Demartino, C., Zhejiang University-University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign Joint Institute, China
A. Prof. Hu, J., Zhejiang University-University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign Joint Institute, China
A. Prof. Li, B.B., Zhejiang University-University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign Joint Institute, China
Prof. Li, Y.Y., South China Agriculture University, China
A. Prof. Li, Z., Zhejiang University, China
A. Prof. Liu, W, Beijing Forestry University, China
Mr. Ma, J., Zhejiang Provincial Design Institute, Lt.d., China;
A. Prof. Narazaki, Y., Zhejiang University-University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign Joint Institute, China
Prof. Wang, H.R., Zhejiang University, China
Dr. Wang, R., Zhejiang University-University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign Joint Institute, China
Dr. Wen, J., Zhejiang University-University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign Joint Institute, China
A. Prof. Xu, J., Nanjing Tech University, China
Prof. Yang, R.Z., Changsha University, China
Dr. Zhou, Q., Research Institute, China Construction Fifth Bureau, Co.
A. Prof. Zhu, T., Zhejiang University-University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign Joint Institute, China

Supporting Organizations (to date)

Background and Competition Theme

Reconstruction of old villages is an important part of the rural revitalization and beautiful countryside development. This design competition is based on the transformation of a village located in the east coastal region of Zhejiang Province, China. The village is halfway up the mountain, with insufficient sunlight and inconvenient transportation. Most of the villagers migrated to cities to earn living, and only a few elders live in their dilapidated old houses and farm in small pieces of leftover farmland.

To promote carbon-neutral construction, the local government plans to use the abundant local bamboo resources and relatively mature engineered bamboo and wood building technologies to build residential houses for the villagers. This also helps developing tourism to encourage villagers, especially young villagers, to return to their hometowns to start businesses, rebuilding a beautiful village that is livable and workable. With this as a background, the topic of this competition is designed as follows:

As shown in the figure below (the photos of the site will be updated and provided), the competition is to design a building in the 9m×13.5m9m \times 13.5m red marked area of lot size of 121.5121.5 square meters. The residential building should occupy no more than 100m2100m^2.

The building should be two-story, with each floor 2.73.0m2.7-3.0m in height. The main function of the building is to serve as the residence of a family of a couple with two to three underage children. The total floor area should not exceed 190m2190m^2, including bedroom, living room, kitchen, dining room, bathroom, etc. (indoor garage, etc. can be neglected).

schematic photo

The main structure should be designed using engineered bamboo (processed round bamboo can also be included), with main or auxiliary connections made by steel etc. Building and structural design can refer to existing relevant regulations, standards and scientific research results (a list of suggested references will be provided) of engineered bamboo, or refer to relevant standards for timber materials and structures. Other filling and decoration should be mainly based on biomass, low-carbon and environmentally friendly materials. The proportion of biomass materials in structural and decoration materials is one of the assessment indicators. An overall and energy saving system should be designed considering the use of renewable energy. Drinking water is provided by a existing small rural water station, however independent sewage discharge and treatment systems (such as septic tanks, etc.) need to be designed and configured, and rainwater collection systems can be set up.

In addition to architectural and structural design plans, the competition team is encouraged to consider and put forward suggestions that can guide a simple and low-carbon lifestyle.


  1. Architectural drawings (A3, 300dpi), including design instructions, renderings and other related documents that indicate design intent.
  2. Detailed construction drawings, including architectural and structural drawings, such as floor plans, elevations, section views, detailed drawings for important parts, connections, etc. The water, heating, and electricity design should be considered comprehensively.
  3. Technical report, including construction and structural system plan description, material selection, structural calculation, energy consumption, carbon footprint, carbon emission analysis and calculation, etc.
  4. Design schemes and drawings are submitted in electronic documents (such as pdf format), in Chinese or in English.
  5. At the time of submission, a brief introduction of the design team members must be submitted at the same time, and the responsibilities of each team member must be indicated. For teams with instructors, please provide a brief introduction.
  6. The submission must be accompanied by the intellectual property originality and authorization statement signed by all members of the design team.


The winning works will have the opportunity to participate in the implementation of the HJ Village Reconstruction Project (specifically, it will be determined separately according to the progress of the project by the organizer).


The list of winners is expected to be released on May 1, 2022. The organizer decides the design plan for the implementation of the construction according to the actual situation.

Qualification of Participants

The team members must be full-time college students (including graduate students) at the time of submission. The teams can be formed across regions and schools. It is highly encouraged to form cross-disciplinary teams from architecture, structure and environmental engineering, etc.

Sign up the competition as an individual or in a group, with no more than 5 students in each group (instructors not included). The organizing committee will issue certificates of honor to the instructors.



Mr. Shengwei Qi,CROSS Research Center,CIRCLE Research Center of Zhejiang University-University of Illinois Joint Institute,

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