Month: October 2017

Riverside Warung at Bambu Indah

Riverside Warung unveiled at Bambu Indah

We have something new at Bambu Indah. The Riverside Warung is now open, a joint design collaboration with IBUKU. Elora tells the story of how we came up with the design: “Years ago, the river warung & pools area were rice fields. When they were washed away by a break in the irrigation canal above, Dad recreated them into terraced ponds, and we walked past them for years on our way to the river, only occasionally dipping in. For a while we farmed shrimp there, at one point built a little guest house over the pond, and over the years a few magical parties. Then, it occurred to Dad that the spring water would be wonderful to swim in, and he had the ponds cleaned out and patched up a bit, and now they are pools. Because of the elevator, it’s suddenly a space that feels easy to get to, and once we started spending time down there we never wanted to leave.   He built some guest houses overlooking the pools, Copper and Moon, …

Green School OROS project

Update on the E-Hub initiative funded by the Zayed Future Energy Prize

Green School’s Operation Rain or Shine, a quest to get the school off the grid, won a USD 100,000 grant with the Zayed Future Energy Prize. The teacher leading the project, Noah Fesnoux, has been chronicling the process on their Instagram account and blog. The heat is on and Operation Rain or Shine has hit the new school year running. Over the summer, a few people worked out some of the logistics to line up a highly immersive and interactive semester around the project. We are in 5th gear now, ready to build a structure to house our energy hub, and have students working on interfaces so that the information is readable and accessible to all on our campus. The future is bright, but the past is also pretty crazy… here are a couple stories about our summer experience through OROS. Read more on the blog post. The update was also featured on CleanTechnica blog. Their goal:  

Green Shoots by Juliet Kinsman

READ: Green Shoots

Juliet Kinsman writes about the Green Family in the St Regis Magazine. Bali has long attracted free-thinkers: travelers seeking a tropical escape from the usual routine, with a spiritual dimension. When John Hardy arrived in the 1970s, he was struck by the beauty of the island, the lush landscape, the kindness of the people. When I visited the island, it was the unique institution that he and his wife had created there that entranced me: the Green School. This bamboo structure is impressive not just because it’s made from sustainably harvested materials from the surrounding forests, but because of its green ethos and the family behind it. Which is why I am writing this from a balé in the Balinese jungle: I was so inspired by the Green School that I decided to move to the island for three months and enroll my daughter in the school. As she runs around in the sunshine, I can work in the café. The story behind the Green School offers many lessons, not just about what can be achieved by …

Sharma Springs entrance

READ: Elora Hardy’s treehouses from dreams

Green Village and IBUKU were recently featured on New Zealand’s Stuff website. Green Village panders to nature, not the other way around. Bamboo is more flexible, more durable and lighter than most timbers, and has greater ultimate strength than steel. It’s also termite resistant and, when treated with boron, makes it inedible for insects. Bamboo homes have been known to withstand 9.0 magnitude earthquakes. Take note, Wellington. Hardy’s father, jeweller John Hardy, founded the nearby Green School, another bamboo wonderland for children, dedicated to teaching sustainable living and holistic approaches to life. Both were created as places where people can live and learn in an authentic relationship with nature. Read the whole article by Rachel Thomas here.

Whitewash Monsanto book

READ: Going GMO free with the Food Babe

Two articles recently caught my eye on The Food Babe’s blog. One about America’s love of Halloween candy:  The Food Babe uncovers how many of the candy bars we give kids have GMOs in them and other harmful substances.  Although Halloween isn’t a healthy holiday by any means, there’s no reason to throw all caution to the wind and litter the neighborhood with these toxic “treats” once a year. Over 90% of Americans are concerned about GMOs in their food – and a growing number of us read ingredient lists and are steering clear of artificial food additives – yet there seems to be a disconnect when it comes to holidays like Halloween and what people are willing to put into their cart. If you normally avoid GMOs, artificial colors, flavors, and controversial preservatives, now’s the time to stop buying conventional Halloween candy and seek out better alternatives. … Unless a candy is organic or Non-GMO Project verified, it’s probably made with genetically modified (GMO) ingredients. The sugar in most processed food comes from GMO sugar beets, …