India’s largest bamboo structure was launched on the occasion of World Bamboo Day, September 18th, 2016 at India’s first self- sustainable collective farming rurban commune, Organo. An organisation that stands for change and alternate lifestyle and works towards sustainability through architecture and design. World Bamboo Day is observed to maximize the awareness and potential of Bamboo. It is dedicated to promoting the use of bamboo and bamboo products.
On this day, Organo in association with Native KONBAC, JANS and FHD launched a magnificent bamboo structure that covers an area of 10,750 sq ft with a maximum span of 82 feet and weighs 61,000 kgs. “An Odea to Bamboo” which was a two-day event in Hyderabad that brought together visionaries of the architecture, sustainability and bamboo industries to explore and discuss the potential, problems and solutions related to Bamboo.
The panel discussion commenced with insight provided by Dr. Ramanuja Rao, Chairman CIBART, who spoke at length about the spectacular work in Bali, Japan and particularly Columbia which is typically the mecca of large bamboo construction. Coming home to India’s treatment of bamboo as a cellulosic material for making pulp and paper, Dr. Rao stressed on the training of the forest management to direct bamboo cultivation as mainly a cellulite. He congratulated Organo for the leap towards responsible architecture and said, “I’m sure everybody who has any kind of misgivings about Bamboo and large constructions have had their misgivings removed now, and I think many more architects will experiment with this.”
After a 360 degree view was presented on the stage, Mr. Krunal invited Dr. Sudheer Pandey, Advisor to the National Mission on Bamboo Application, to explain the Government’s role in bamboo work in a larger scale. He said, “My knowledge of bamboo came post retirement” but surprised the august gathering by informing that bamboo has over 1500 uses, making it the most eco-friendly and work friendly raw material for construction. He acknowledged the Government’s efforts with instances of financial support to the bamboo mission by the horticulture department with funds worth Rs 2500 Crores.
Mr. Ninad Karpe, CEO and MD of Aptech International, rightly said, “Businesses cannot succeed where societies fail. The adoption of bamboo by businesses will turn into a virtuous circle if more people undertake projects like this.” He also said, “Today is a historic day for the bamboo industry of India, this is a turning point, it is a great event and this needs to be propagated.”
Insight from an architectural point of view was discussed by Mr. Jaigopal, renowned architect, who recognized the importance of an efficient and dedicated team to make the bamboo dream a reality. Organo’s Founder Mr. Nagesh Battula confided that project NAANDI went through crippling difficulties that were overcome by sticking to their fundamental belief system that “if we serve nature, it serves us back.”
The final panel member, Mr. Rohan Manchanda,representative of TATA Trust, believed that with the advent of technology, bamboo community should advance at a notable pace to provide to a significantly higher capacity. He strongly advocated education in the bamboo sector and announced that the TATA Trust promoted education in Bamboo Research Centre in Maharashtra, in collaboration with the Maharashtra Government. He said,” The Government might not listen to a single player but we can come together to make a much bigger impact” urging corporations to come together and work towards this eco-friendly movement.
The panel discussion, moderated by Mr.Krunal, director, Organo, was a successful demonstration of all spheres mingling towards a common goal- a bamboo revolution. The informative groupthink collaborated the opinions of professionals from different industries. With experience in Environmentalist practices, Architecture and business, the panel discussion was wholesome and educative. The ambience was further brightened by the palpable energy of the audience, sitting in India’s largest Bamboo structure. Among the audience were students from various architecture and design colleges in India. These students participated in the design challenge and were required to design an eco-friendly farm for weekend stays using bamboo.
This bamboo structure is another example of Organo’s foresighted lead that would bring about a paradigm shift in the environmental sphere, and encourage responsible business.