With funding from a US State Department IIE Global Innovation Institute award, a Symposium entitled “Bamboo in the Urban Environment” will be held on Pitt’s campus May 4-6 2016. This symposium is organized by Kent Harries in Civil Engineering. The symposium and GII project brings together leading experts to enable the safe use of bamboo in urban centers. The resulting collaborative research – involving researchers in the US, UK, Indonesia, China, Brazil, Colombia and India – has significant technical and social relevance through its potential to reduce the cost and environmental impact of safe housing for a significant proportion of the world’s population. This work addresses the global grand challenges of urbanization and resilience in the face of natural hazards and climate change through facilitating the use of a renewable ‘green’ materials.
For more information, contact Kent Harries.