Bamboo scaffolding is a prevalent construction method unique to Hong Kong. Scaffolding workers rarely rely on architectural drawings. Instead, they build the scaffolding system with experience and intuition, considering the site conditions and constraints and designing through improvisation. Thus, shaping a rigid structure into “living” works of art.
Inspired by the tradition of bamboo scaffolding, ‘Bamboovable’ consists of several adjustable bamboo frames. Visitors can create various spatial arrangements by rotating the frames, and interpret the structure as furniture or tools of different uses. The sensor-embedded joints record the movement of the frames, the data can be quantified and analysed to understand the patterns of interaction between the installation and the public.
Taking advantage of the naturally-flexible bamboo, ‘Bamboovable’ aims to invoke ideas of nomadic designs through public engagement, and convey how public participation can be a part of the design process.
Lui Shing Hei is an architectural designer who graduated from the School of Architecture at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He believes that when architecture meets disciplines such as philosophy, literature, science, and arts – the possibilities are endless.
Carson Chan graduated from the School of Architecture at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and specialises in integrating technology into design. He is a keen observer of social behaviour in urban contexts, and believes that everything is an expression of something.
Rani obtained her Architectural degree from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. With an interest in craftsmanship and materiality, she is passionate about exploring designs through hands-on experimentation and forging prototypes. Intrigued by the concept of sustainability and cultural significance, her design strives to bring communities closer to nature harmoniously.