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AIM—Bamboo Architecture Design Competition for the Village of Rural Makers

Background Countryside, carrying so much emotional and nostalgia contents of ours through thousands years of time. currently, more than 100 villages disappearing every day in China. On the other hand, the rising of city living standard and GDP required better touristy product in the villages. How to combine the inheritance and preservation of villages with the country side tourism business model, To provide a better Eco-system for lodge and inn, farm, organic agriculture and handmade crafts, Is the challenge that we are facing now! Makers, a superior group of people who are leading us towards the future lifestyle. They make the impossible become possible, and make the possible become legend. Makers are affecting every field of our life, from internet, design, product, financial, interactive, community, biology, science and all other aspects to provide us better living quality and a whole new experience. Thus, once the country side meets the makers, the tradition meets the innovation; the nostalgia meets the crowd fund, what kind of spark they will make? The rural maker includes but not limited to lodge owner, hand crafts man, nature school, camp education, organic food, e-commerce, farm owner etc.? Bamboo, a symbol of oriental culture, at the same time a fast grow renewable material, appears to have many superb structure character. We are looking for great ideas and interesting solutions from the design team, to utilize the best physical ability out of bamboo, and pushing the envelope of imagination, to create this village of rural makers, also find a new system for the sustainable grow of the traditional village. AIM Challenges? The village in which the project is located is adjacent to Changtai Mayangxi Scenic Spot, Xiamen, China, surrounded by forest land. The landform is mainly characterized by sloping fields, with good overlying vegetation. The project land is bordered by the Tourism Avenue in the west, and by the urban planned road in the south. This contest intends to create a vigor driving center for this area. There will be five proposed design projects, with the site centering on the valley. The south and north sides are cut off by the planned road. A theme inn and a forest kindergarten are planned at the north side. To the south there will be an artist workshop village centering on the culture pavilion. A series of buildings will be constructed along the valley and near the mountain, extending to the south to link to the original symbiotic villages. Houses in the bamboo grove are used for lodges, study rooms, workshops and fairyland. They will carry children’s laughter, tell the wishes of the nature, blend in the water and mountain, and generate a unique rural maker settlement together with the nature. Designers are kindly requested to take the respect to the nature into full account. We advocate symbiotic buildings and the height is not more than 2 floors. In the specific construction, we wish to reserve more characteristics of the site, respect the veins of the site, and apply more natural elements and materials. We wish the participating design teams to apply the idea of nature and symbiosis to create excellent products with bamboo element, while considering actual operation through crossover cooperation with makers, so as to make the final rural maker settlement an example of village model that can be operated, with greater emphasis on contents than on form, and allowing industrial innovation. Proposed project 1: Bamboo Brook Culture Pavilion Necessary functions: Rural makers’ art exhibition hall, rural culture exhibition hall, and small conference room Additional information: Mainly for exhibition of rural culture, also used as an art exhibition hall, containing rural maker alliance, village alliance, and crowd funding alliance, etc. The culture pavilion provides regular exhibition of works by contemporary well-known artists, accompanied by each marketing activity. Contemporary artists will also be invited to have a holiday experience, and create a fashion communication site. Proposed project 2: Artist Workshop Village Necessary functions: Theme exhibition areas to be provided for craft, story, life, technology, fully showcasing the connotation and application of bamboo, together with a commodity marketing and experience center. Additional information: Large-sized bamboo buildings to be used as the exhibition space and internal decoration, modern means such as static exhibition, dynamic experience and multimedia to be used to present an audio, visual and playing feast, exhibition of bamboo-related intangible cultural heritage, onsite exhibition of traditional handicrafts such as bamboo weaving, bamboo carving, bamboo paper cutting, bamboo umbrella, bamboo fan and bamboo curtain, DIY bamboo handiworks, bamboo-made IPAD case, bamboo-made U disk, bamboo-made bicycle, together with sales of products with our own LOGO. Proposed project 3: Children’s Courtyard (Forest Kindergarten) Necessary functions: Children’s restaurant, little theater for children, parent-child playroom, handicraft classroom, children’s swimming pool, hotel rooms and lounge area, children’s library, and forest kindergarten Additional information: The parent-child inn, an experiencing consumption platform with children’s families as target customers, consists of the children’s restaurant, little theater for children, parent-child playroom, handicraft classroom, children’s swimming pool, inn reception area and lounge area, hotel rooms, etc., provides high-quality amusement experience and holiday services for children’s families, and makes parents enjoy the time staying with their children. The children’s library will be made into a “magical book house” where children will put down their ipads and step into the palace of wisdom. At the same time, “story telling” time will be provided for children who are 2-4 years old. They will breathe in the nature, and listen to stories in the story. Proposed project 4: The Valley Library Necessary functions: Book and coffee area, lecture hall, cultural creative store, DIY room, dessert bar, swimming area, and inn rooms Additional information: The library will be built with local materials and integrated with the nature, highlighting the harmonious coexistence with the nature, and integrating with the natural environment in the valley. It will not only provide free reading materials and space for tourists and villagers, but also be used as a space for exchange between tourists and villagers. Proposed project 5: Bridge Inn Necessary functions: Bamboo Brook Valley Restaurant (outdoor family party), bridge book bar, bamboo brook café, bridge art exhibition hall, small conference hall, coffee bar, landscape swimming pool, and inn rooms Additional information: It’s the core supporting service center and central kitchen in the Bamboo Brook Valley area, providing basic services for owners settling in the area, such as holiday services, dining and food delivery, also providing picnic and party services for visitors on holiday. Proposed project 6: Rural Makers’ Co-working Space Necessary functions: Small conference room, open office space, road show, independent office space, coffee area, recreation area, and fitness center, etc. Additional information: As the community center where rural makers gather, it provides required support for makers’ activities. Optional projects: As required, the design team may add other creative functional buildings that are helpful for rural makers’ settlement, provided that they shall contribute to the industrial ecology, be environment friendly, sustainable, and operationally possible. Awards (the total fund of award is 23,000 USD) Bamboo Architecture Design Award $8,000 Scenic Village Planning Award $5,000 Bamboo Structure Design Award $5,000 Innovative Operation Design Award $5,000 Website: www.aim-competition.com Contact: info@ aim-competition.com Submission Deadline: 18th April, 2016 (hours 24:00 Beijing Time)
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Product> Surface Effective: Eight Innovative Cladding Materials & Systems

From enhancing aesthetics with digitally-printed ceramic panels to increasing build-speed via all-in-one insulated metal panel systems, these innovative building products offer specialized facade solutions to architects. ClearShade Insulated Glass Panel Panelite A glazing solution that optimizes both daylight and solar heat control, its honeycomb insert is offered in a range of colors and patterns; customization is available. Dekton Cosentino Available in sheets up to 126 by 56 inches and thicknesses of 8, 12, and 20 millimeters, this ultra-compacted material has a high compressive strength, is non-porous, and UV resistant. In ten colors and textures. Dot-to-Dot Tagina The system is based on three-dimensional ceramic modules that function as pixels when mounted to an exterior facade. Consulting with the manufacturer, designers can create their own limited edition glazed porcelain tiles for ventilated facades or other architectural coverings. Benchmark Kingspan A single package system that combines the energy efficiency of IMPs with a proprietary carrier panel system that accommodates many cladding options, including aluminum composite material, metal composite material, ceramic granite, thin brick, plate, high pressure laminate, and ceramic tile. Renewall Lamboo Laminated bamboo elements are up to 20 percent more stable than hardwoods, while milling, sanding, and finishing using conventional machinery. Its naturally occurring silica content resists insects and fungal agents. LEED eligible. Hashtag Cambridge Architectural In panels up to 96 inches wide, the flattened surface area of this rigid stainless steel mesh boosts reflectivity. Produced from 100 percent recycled materials, it is LEED eligible. Lea Lab Lea Ceramiche Architects can create their own custom cladding imagery on ultra-thin, oversized ceramic panels using the Lea Lab digital printing technology. Upload high-resolution files, specify the panel size, and the manufacturing process is initiated. Baltic GKD Metal Fabrics With a range of visible light transmittance from .28 to .42 and a solar gain coefficient of between .20 and .29, this metal fabric makes an effective sunshade.
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Product> Haiku, by Big Ass Fans

Big Ass Fans are, as their name suggests, a producer of very large fans. They're used everywhere from dairy barns to art galleries to outdoor public installations like Wendy, HWKN's star-shaped pavilion for MoMA PS1's summer Warm Up series. They also make residential models, like Haiku, the latest product in their line up. Once you get over the eye roll-inducing slogan—Haiku: Poetry in Motion—it's a really incredible product. According to Energy Star it's the world's most efficient residential ceiling fan, and even exceeds their efficiency requirements by 450 to 750 percent. Whereas most fans use 90 to 100 watts, the Haiku uses just two to 30 watts, costing an average of $5 per year. The fan blades are made from Moso bamboo, a super-strong, fast-renewing material that's harvested sustainably in China and handcrafted in Kentucky. Before the bamboo is dried and finished, each individual stalk is inspected for imperfections. Haiku also comes in a glass-infused matrix composite in black or white. Either way, black, white, or bamboo, the cool-running motor is completely silent, even on the highest setting (there are ten in all). There's also a brand new mode called the Whoosh, which pulses to simulate natural variations in air flow. "Human thermal receptors have peak sensitivity to wind gusts that vary by 0.47 Hz; Providing air movement with this variation can increase perceived cooling by up to 40 percent." So far Haiku has won a handful of awards, including a red dot design award for product and bronze in the International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) in the living room and bedroom category. Haiku in bamboo retails for $995.