Senior thesis: Sustainable building with bamboo

Princeton seniors Lu Lu and Russell Archer in Colombia. Video still from Blake Hamilton, Office of Communications.

Last fall, two undergraduates in Sigrid Adriaenssens' lab in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering approached her about working together on their senior thesis project, from different angles.

Lu Lu, who is from Chongqing, China, wanted to work on sustainable construction with a focus on design and digital modeling. Russell Archer, who is from East Orange, New Jersey, wanted to physically test building materials. Adriaenssens served as the adviser for both students, who graduated in May.

With the help of a graduate student in Adriaenssens' lab, the seniors identified a partner, DAGMA (Departamento Administrativo de Gestión del Medio Ambiente, or the Administrative Department of Environmental Management), in Cali, Colombia. The students and the group collaborated on a project involving bamboo architecture and construction — the entrance canopy to a park to be used by schoolchildren.

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