Month: November 2017

Green School Bali by Jeremy Piper

Green School featured in The New York Times

Hot off the press! November 13, 2017. Incredible coverage by Tom Vanderbilt for the New York Times ! We are looking to build more green schools and this will help! Read the whole Green School profile here. Words by Tom Vanderbilt and photos by Jeremy Piper. “When I asked Druhan if she could sum up Green School in one moment, she paused. One of her strongest memories was when her young son was doing the “rice thematic”— rice being of central economic and cultural import in Bali. His class had gone out in the fields to learn how to grow rice. He raved about the farmer. “He said, ‘Mum, he’s like a scientist! He has so much knowledge, and he doesn’t have even any instruments.”’ The students went on not only to harvest the rice, but cook an elaborate dinner in an underground fire pit, which they served to the farmers, parents and teachers. “That was everything that’s good about Green School in one moment: The hands-on learning, the respect for school values, the connection …

Isabel and Melati Wijsen in Forbes

Let’s keep the pressure up!

For five years we’ve fought to make Bali plastic bag free. The deadline of 2018 (the date the Governor agreed to) is just around the corner- let’s make this happen and give Bye Bye Plastic Bags everything we’ve got. If you haven’t seen Melati and Isabel’s TED talk, take a few minutes to get caught up on the journey:

READ: 13 Ocean Heroes Fighting to Save Our Seas

Melati and Isabel from Bye Bye Plastic Bags make their way onto this list of ocean heroes with some heavyweights of conservation- what an achievement. The girls formed the Bye Bye Plastic Bags all-kid crew, collected thousands of signatures at Bali’s biggest international airport, developed educational outreach for local schools, and conducted weekend beach cleanups. Inspired by Gandhi and under the guidance of a nutritionist (and their worried parents), they announced a modified hunger strike to shame the governor of Bali into meeting with them. After social media took notice, he buckled after two days, and made a public promise to phase out all plastic bags by 2018. Read the whole list at Coastal Living.

Back to the Breast in London

Two daughters and their inflatable art

Carina and Chiara have both explored and created very different inflatable art installations over the past few years. Both creators speak about their work and what drew them to the ideas below. Chiara Hardy has released a new video about her Onigiri inflatable design project.  Head over here to read more about the project. In May 2017, Carina Hardy brought her Back to the Breast installation to Goldsmiths College in London. The Goldsmiths Design Blog recently did an interview with Carina to find out more about the project: This project posed some extreme challenges because I was committed to make them entirely out of sustainable materials. The ultimate goal was to compost them at the end of their life. After a series of material tests and prototypes we built the membrane structure out of organic cotton and coated the fabric in natural latex. I built them in Bali, where I was raised, with the help of a master tailor and a team. The natural liquid latex is hand-painted onto a total of 64 panels, and …

Green School in Stuff NZ

Where there are no walls, no algebra and no limits

A Green School story by Rachel Thomas in Stuff NZ: When it comes to learning, it’s about lighting a fire, not filling a bucket, Green School Board of Management chairwoman, Kate Druhan says. The idea is to find something a student is passionate about or interested in, then build the literacy and numeracy elements into that through themes or projects. “So for example if you’re doing a thematic around rice we will do some geography there around where rice is grown. We will bring some maths in designing your own rice paddy, flooding it out, buying seedlings, working out the cost, cooking with that rice… Read the whole article at Stuff NZ

Cacao House by IBUKU

Is Bamboo the Sustainable Building Material of the Future?

Vogue recently featured IBUKU’s work with an interview with Elora Hardy on her inspiration and design philosophy: “A lot of the problem is the curves, but that’s also the magic and the opportunity. Just as the best clothes wrap around real curves in just the right way, the way a house curves around you can feel just right,” Elora explains. “But it takes a different mind-set to get it right. Bamboo doesn’t follow the rules of the past few centuries of architecture and construction—it’s literally a different shape, being round and hollow and tapering. So as designers, we have to learn, then develop, then write the rules for ourselves, to suit what we see is possible with bamboo.” She likens her design approach to the way an artist works on a canvas. Rather than trying to create a specific vision on a blank page, she prefers to spill the ink and see how it flows.