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
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.
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/
Yet another great use for bamboo- this time coming out of Thailand. Great video and article over at CNN. The company is using a technology devised at a Bangkok university to make its zero-waste packaging. It hopes it will eventually replace many of the Styrofoam boxes and plastic bags that end up in huge garbage dumps across Thailand and other Southeast Asian countries. Its eco-friendly formula took five years to develop and is so adaptable it could end up being used to package things like furniture and even phones. The bamboo it uses comes from leftover scraps from the chopstick manufacturing process. – CNN Money
I’ve had to create three blog posts just to chronicle all the amazing bamboo innovation and design I saw in China. They really are using this grass to its full potential there. A few of the other things I saw while I was there, including a visit to a bamboo lumber factory, live bamboo fountaining wine and a visit to the Craft Museum of China. Bamboo Lumber Factory We visited a gigantic bamboo lumber factory- all the photos below are products made out of pressed bamboo. Huge amounts of bamboo being carbonized to get rid of the sugar (and the pests). They turn in into miles of lumber and planks. Raw bamboo I found them burning the offcuts for power and suggested they make them into shingles. They even decorated their gigantic factory with a very small bamboo grove. Living Bamboo Wine Fountain We went to a bamboo grove which had graffiti. All different paintings. Even more crazy was when these guys showed up. They drilled holes in living bamboo and started serving bamboo wine! The …
Suskita is a young Chinese woman traveling across the world on her bamboo bike with a mission of spreading happiness with laughing yoga. She started her world adventure #ShootCycleHahaha in late July 2015 . Why Shoot+Cycle+Hahaha? She says it’s photo/video shooting while cycling, and at the same time, laughing to yourself & strangers you pass by: the top 3 things make her happy & healthy. She rides a bamboo bicycle which she calls the “Little Prince(小竹)”. She handmade Little Prince at the Shanghai iEnergy Bamboo Bike Workshop. So far she’s visited 12 countries: Turkey, Mainland China, Hongkong, Macao, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, Indonesia. Suskita will continue traveling the world for a ‘Laughing Revolution’ to make our world a happier place. She became part of the Bambu Indah family recently and we got to ask her a few questions. 1. What’s got you jumping out of bed at the moment? Making one more person laugh while living around the world with my Bamboo Bike. 2. What do you think is something happening in the world right now that people need to know about? People …
“Fast forward to 2016 and back in Bali’s verdant hinterland, local artisans are carefully bending this ultra-sustainable resource into fantastically undulating sculptures, sans splinters, under the design direction of Hardy’s equally talented daughter Elora. The former designer at Donna Karan returned home to Bali in 2010 to realise what she calls her father’s “big dreams made out of overgrown grass”. This summer, Elora launched the Ibuku furniture collection, an online catalogue of these natural, artful furnishings that already populate the monumental custom bamboo houses of Green Village, this talented family’s other bamboo-building venture.” Read the full article by Cynthia Rosenfeld in the How to Spend It section of the Financial Times.
Honored to be named in this WIRED Design Issue article on the best designers. Thanks to Bjarke Ingels for the amazing mention of IBUKU and Elora and John Hardy. For WIRED’s Design Issue, we celebrate the creatives – from architects to user experience masters, fashion designers to rocket scientists – shaping the world right now. As part of our cover profile on the architecture star Bjarke Ingels, we asked him to nominate the individuals in their respective fields he is most excited about right now. From fiction writers to builders of bamboo schools, here are five designers shaping the WIRED world right now. Entire article over on the WIRED site.
Financial Times recently ran an article on the rise of bamboo architecture in Asia featuring Ibuku and many other pioneers in the field. “Most people, especially in Asia, think that you couldn’t be poor enough or rural enough to actually want to live in a bamboo house,” says Hardy. Yet now that a newly developed boron solution can protect bamboo against termites, it is no longer a symbol of poverty: a three-bedroom house in the Green Village is on sale for $695,000. Ibuku aims to convince people that bamboo is not just a practical material, but something worth aspiring to. Read the whole article by Clarissa Sebag-Montifiore: Why bamboo is the ‘green steel’ of 21st-century Asian architecture
Sumba, an island in eastern Indonesia, is a totally remarkable place. A thin veneer of Christianity overlaying a wild and crazy animist culture. Beauty beyond compare. Ibuku is having the pleasure of building a school in Sumba, a school for training kids to work in the tourist industry, which is inevitably coming. That school is going to be all bamboo and truly beautiful. Exciting times in Sumba. -JH The school was founded by the Sumba Hospitality Foundation. The Foundation was established to provide hospitality and agricultural development education and to raise awareness and responsibility of young and underprivileged students, with a focus on education, protecting the environment, promoting sustainable tourism and exploring new possibilities to help the people of Sumba and surrounding islands. The Foundation has the following to say about their hotel school, currently being built out of bamboo with the help of the builders of Ibuku: It is our belief that Tourism can be a positive force in a poverty stricken region particularly when its community is involved in the process. It is …