The University of Tasmania received a delegation from Hanoi Architectural University (HAU), Vietnam, in late November.
The delegates, led by Rector Associate Professor Le Quan, visited campuses in the North and South of the state accompanied by Dr Helen Norrie from the School of Architecture and Design.
Dr Helen Norrie and her colleagues at the School of Architecture and Design work closely with HAU through a collaborative, cross-discipline New Columbo Plan project exploring the use of bamboo in traditional and contemporary architecture in Vietnam.
The New Colombo Plan is a signature scholarship initiative of the Australian Government which aims to lift knowledge of the Indo Pacific in Australia, by supporting Australian undergraduates to study and undertake internships in the region.
The project, Vietnam Bamboo/Agritecture, spans the fields of architecture and agriculture, exploring the potential role of bamboo in the environmental and economic ecology of rural and regional communities in Vietnam. It is a partnership between the University of Tasmania, School of Architecture & Design, Cave Urban (Sydney architects and bamboo specialists), the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture, and the Phu An Bamboo Museum and Conservation Village in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
The project involves collaboration with universities in Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi and Danang, drawing on technical research into bamboo, and knowledge of local landscape architecture and bamboo design practices.
More information on the Vietnam Bamboo project is available in this time-lapse video (opens in a new window):