What has been developed in Bali goes far beyond just “innovative architecture” or “architecture in bamboo.” Instead, Hardy, his family, and his colleagues are attempting to bring about a new way of inhabiting this planet—a way that is truly sustainable, respectful of the environment and responsible with resources. Their technique can be used to build houses, schools, bridges and almost any other type of structure. And, if used according to the system that the Hardys have developed, these buildings can last several decades, contributing a solution to the growing problem of scarce resources and the unsustainable way in which we exploit them. The Hardys are also dedicated to teaching those who wish to learn about how to design and build sustainably. They have done so through initiatives such as their partnership with the AA in London, where they have conducted a series of popular workshops, or through permaculture courses taught in Kul-Kul farm, managed by Orin Hardy and Maria Farrugia. Arch Daily
2013 TED speaker Miranda Wang founded BioCellection—a technology to enable circularity for the plastic economy. Plastic is a problem but it can also be part of the solution. The technology that Miranda Wang is developing can convert plastic polymers into value added chemicals. The technology being developed by BioCellection will convert plastic polymers into value-added chemicals that have applications in myriad fields such as in the manufacture of paints, plasticizers, textiles, polyurethanes, detergents, cleaners, etc. Our process involves two steps: 1) a hydrolysis process that converts paper and organic waste, often present in the waste plastic stream, into sugars and alcohols, and 2) an oxidation process that converts waste plastic polymers into organic acids. The second step of the process involves breaking the polymer chains into smaller pieces and adding oxygen to these chains to form different acids. The conditions used are considerably milder than pyrolysis processes.
The story of what happened when a coconut hit my head, knocked me off a cliff and nearly killed me.
MIT created cheetah robots that can “see” targets and jump over targets autonomously. “The algorithm’s first component enables the robot to detect an obstacle and estimate its size and distance. The researchers devised a formula to simplify a visual scene, representing the ground as a straight line, and any obstacles as deviations from that line. With this formula, the robot can estimate an obstacle’s height and distance from itself.” Read more here.
Bruno, a Green School student, recently went to Nusa Lembongan. Here’s a short video he did about exploring during low tide. Watch and let him introduce you to some of the coolest inhabitants of the shoreline.
Water contained in edible membrane made out of seaweed- just pop a blob of water into your mouth and get hydrated. This innovative product is called Ohoo! and is made by Skiping Rocks Lab. Their plan is to make packaging disappear using natural material extracted from plants and seaweed. Ohoo! is only their first product. What’s next?
This young man is the bamboo future of Réunion Island, where bamboo is illegal. Did you know that you can’t use bamboo as a building material in France? This young man is from Réunion Island and even though bamboo is readily available there, they can’t use it because of the government regulations. Listen to the conversation between him and John as they discuss the issues.
An amazing new Google product. Forget using projectors in classroom to create schema for students. Imagine if students are learning about DNA and they can play around and see it from different perspective. Expeditions AR bring the world into the classroom to help engage students with immersive lessons. Watch how it’s done below.
In December, Sampah Jujur was featured on Make a Change Bali— a project consisting of 30 videos about people leading the way to a more sustainable world in Bali. Gary Bencheghib, the founder of Make A Change Bali, expanded his vision and created Make A Change World, bringing inspirational and uplifting stories of people around the world making a change in their day to day lives. After his Pura Vida series, Gary released his first episode on Organic featuring Rizal Abdulhadi—a musician and a bamboo instrument builder. Watch his video below. https://www.facebook.com/makeachangeworld/videos/1322095767845637/
Brothers from Bali are paddling down Indonesia’s toxic Citarum River on two kayaks custom-made from bamboo and discarded plastic bottles. Watch the video below.