Month: August 2015

Ubud garbage dump by Rio Helmi

READ: Where has all the rubbish gone? The backstage of Ubud

A look at Ubud’s garbage problem by anthropologist Graeme MacRae on Ubud Now and Then. From logistics to economics- a pretty scary read. This dump was, until 2010, a beautiful, forested ravine, between a village and ricefields, into which dozens of trucks daily, from Ubud and several other villages have been dumping mixed rubbish for the past four years. The ravine is about 30m deep and 10 m wide and is now filled for about 600 metres. In another year or two the entire ravine will be filled. Toxic leachate is almost certainly seeping downstream and into the groundwater. Methane is almost certainly being generated within the fermenting mass. If we are lucky it will (sooner or later) leak into the atmosphere and ultimately reach the greenhouse layer. If we are less lucky it might simply explode. This is the flipside of Ubud’s clean, green streets.

Bamboo Pod at TRi Restaurant Hongkong. Designed by Ibuku

IBUKU goes to Hong Kong

Ibuku has completed its first international project, TRi Restaurant in Hong Kong. TRi captures the pure essence of Bali in a unique dining experience focused on Balinese flavors and opened in July 2015. TRi has been brought to life by the Le Comptoir team with interior design by Ibuku. The concept for TRi came from the Balinese philosophy of Tri Hita Karana, the union and balance of three elements: man, nature, and divinity. The guests pass through three areas during their TRi experience- Kampung (the Village), Kebun (the Garden) and Hutan (the Forest). The design elements are inspired both by Bali’s incredibly rich cultural heritage, as well as its incomparable natural beauty. Bamboo is the dominant material, but TRi also features Balinese metalwork, slabs of river stone, and traditional cloth. As with every Ibuku project, the design takes its cues from the surrounding natural beauty and features. In Repulse Bay, the river, sea, light reflections over the course of the day, tree line and far-off mountains all play a role in TRi’s design.   The …

Bamboo U at Green Camp

Bamboo Immersion at Bamboo U

I have just come back from the Bamboo U course at Green Camp and feel it is one of the best things I have ever done in my life. My vision for the future has been cleaned and I won’t be looking back. Connecting with such a wonderful crew of people from all over the world with so much passion for bamboo, has lit a fire in my heart that is burning the trash of the past and opening doors I had never imagined were there. Immense gratitude to the organizers and everyone who came. – Donnie, Australia Many people come to visit Green School, GreenCamp, Bambu Indah and Green Village and they are always simply in awe of the bamboo structures around us. Their drive to know more about the process of building led us to create Bamboo U, a Bamboo Building & Design course hosted by GreenCamp. Participants come from all over the world specially for this course, wanting a hands-on experience with bamboo building including workshops on bamboo roofing, model making, weaving, planks …