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The AA Bamboo Lab is an autotelic research programme of the AA Visiting School which explores the fusion of highly advanced computational design software and sustainable natural lightweight materials, to spawn new architectural opportunities. Parametric software now allows a material to be an active generator of design, with a high level of accuracy. However, the indeterminacy of the bamboo and construction practices in the less developed areas of the world, currently render this level of accuracy impotent. We explore this field through design projects and ask participants to work between the computer and 1 to 1 scale bamboo construction.