Author: Green by John

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.

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.