Centre For Green
Building Material and Technology


International Conference On The Art And Joy Of Wood


Date: September 19, 2011 Organizer: Food And Agriculture Organization Of The United Nations, Rome And IWST,

Saga of the Poor Man’s Timber”, under the topic “Wood in Architecture”

CGBMT participated in this global conference, which celebrated the International Year of Forests. Ar. Neelam Manjunath presented a talk on “Saga of the Poor Man’s Timber”, under the topic “Wood in Architecture”, which highlighted the journey of Bamboo from being the Poor man’s timber to becoming a mainstream contemporary building material. The conference aimed to help the participants understand the outlook for wood products and contribute to develop strategies for future sustainable development. The main intention was to explore how socio-economic trends are affecting the use of wood products and what challenges arise as the consequence of these developments. It attempted to explore how the changing expectations of society shape the future for wood products. The huge role which Bamboo can play in meeting these challenges was put forth by CGBMT.