Year: 2013

WATCH: Ron Finley- A Guerilla Gardener

Ron Finley plants vegetable gardens in South Central LA — in abandoned lots, traffic medians, along the curbs. Why? For fun, for defiance, for beauty and to offer some alternative to fast food in a community where “the drive-thrus are killing more people than the drive-bys.”

Elora Hardy AD Innovator

Architectural Digest: Elora Hardy is a 2013 AD Innovator

Elora Hardy named AD Innovator for 2013!  The free-spirited designer is developing a fanciful vision for sustainable living in Bali Three years ago she founded Ibuku—a Bali-based design/build firm that uses locally sourced bamboo to construct extraordinary, almost entirely handmade villas and bespoke furniture. “Bamboo is the definition of sustainable—it doesn’t even have to be replanted,” Hardy says of the quickly maturing timber. Working with a team of Indonesian architects and craftsmen, she has now completed eight unique residences for Green Village, a resort community along the Ayung River.

WATCH: Stephen Lansing on Bali’s water temples

Steve Lansing, a senior fellow at the Stockholm Resilience Centre, discusses the Byzantine system for the distribution of water from a volcanic lake in Bali to over two hundred farming villages. It’s worked since the 12th century, it’s egalitarian and it’s still-sustainable. “It’s one of the few functioning, ancient democratic institutions that we know about. It’s kind of beautiful.”