Month: July 2016

Bamboo U sketch

The Architectural Association Visiting School in Bali

The real world of architecture and engineering learning about the world of bamboo is critical. As long as bamboo remains an oddity in the tropical world, it will remain an oddity in the tropical world. If people like Neil Thomas, Atelier One and the Architectural Association start to embrace bamboo, it would be amazing. My dream is to have a bamboo university where engineering and architecture students come from around the world to learn about bamboo and take it home with them. Very, very happy to be starting with the AA, a school which many consider is the top architecture school in the world. Certainly they have produced some amazing people.  -JH The Bamboo U experience with the Architectural Association: Sunday 11 – Thursday 22 September 2016 BambooU(niversity) was an idea originally conceived to help teach professionals about the potential of bamboo as a green building material. In its current form it is a design and build workshop hosted by the Kul Kul Farm at the Green School Bali; in collaboration with the structural engineering …

Sand dunes in Mongolia

Travel notes from Mongolia

Mongolia is a place everyone should visit, maybe even more than once. It’s a crazy little country with 2.8 million people. More goats than people. We are going through a climate event right now which has caused huge rains in the Gobi Desert. The flocks keep growing and the goats become cashmere. The sheep become dinner. But the people there live an amazing horse culture like many places in the world; I think there are more horses than sheep. The horses are beautiful. They race them and have all sorts of Mongolian rodeo tricks, like jumping from horse to horse 16 times in 20 seconds. They live for their horses. They live in ger (yurts) which can go up and down in 45 minutes. They move with their flocks. But things are sadly changing. The Soviets decimated the culture, destroyed the Buddhist libraries and culture. They tried to make communal farms out of the desert. Their tentacles are still there; it’s really a ‘carry your own bag’ culture. The people are really lovely. Sleeping in …

Ubud kids selling garbage to Sampah Jujur

Ubud schools joining the fight against plastic with Sampah Jujur

Public schools around Sayan in Ubud, Bali are starting to take advantage of their trash problem. Sampah Jujur volunteers Ibu Kadek, Pak Ketut and their son, Gian, also part of the Green School family, have been visiting a few schools around the Sampah Jujur HQ in Sayan, Bali, to share the news that Sampah Jujur is now buying plastic to be recycled. Today, SMP N 2 Ubud (a public middle school) and five SD (public elementary schools) are partnering up with Sampah Jujur to sort their trash and get cash in return for their recyclables. Sampah Jujur, led by John Hardy, hosts a trash walk every day (except for Sundays) starting at 7am from Bambu Indah. Many individuals that share a passion to make Bali cleaner and plastic-free joins the trash walk and help to sort their trash haul into different categories of garbage. Sampah Jujur HQ is located in a traditional market in Sayan and next to a public elementary school, so local residents have started to ask questions and learn what it is all about. …

Joe Crossley

MEET: Joe Crossley, new media artist

One of the extended Bambu Indah and trash walking family, Joe Crossley is someone you need to meet.  We had a conversation on energy and what Joe thinks we should be doing to save the world from humankind. About Joe I am  a new media artist.  I use technology to deliver communication points. I work in projection mapping, but I have a background as a scientist, as a marine biologist. A lot of my art is science- focused; I have a PHD in data systems – how we perceive data, from reading a book or talking to people.  (For more on Joe, check out his website and portfolio.)   On dangers of ‘green energy’ How are we going to get out of the problem that we are roller coasting into? The problem at the moment is the conspiracy of the green energy world- about how and where our energy comes from. How we are creating the energy? What does it take to create that  energy? What are the output and the implications around it? When China …

Trash ATM in Bali

SEE: The trash vending machines of Bali

The team at Asia Pura showed me videos of these trash machines in Europe. They dump in huge loads of garbage and these machines just sort it. They have scanners to search the trash at a million frames a second and identify it and air is used to blow it into the right place. Trash vending machines are also amazing. You put in bottles and get money out. They’re here in Bali and Denpasar. It scans the bottle and know what it is and pays you based on the material. Super sophisticated. I’ve asked for one for Green School. -JH Asia Pura is a company based in Macau which operates in the sector of solid waste recycling, combining Indonesian, Italian and Portuguese know-how and capital. The company is developing a plastic (PET) and aluminum recycling project in the island of Bali, in Indonesia and installing and equipping a factory as well as placing in various public places a number of automatic collection machines for selective plastic bottles and aluminum cans. People insert plastic bottles and …