Year: 2017

Bambu Indah in Architectural Digest

Bambu Indah in Architectural Digest

Come stay with us in the jungle! Huge honor to be featured in Architectural Digest. To read more of the article, head on over to the article.  Beautiful photos by Stephen Kent Johnson and text by Aaron Peasley. Of the new houses, John explains: “We looked at the view and it was sublime. But how do you build without blocking the view? So we left them open and built a netted sleeping arrangement so there would be the possibility of privacy and safety. I like to call one of them the Love Nest, and the other is called the Moon House because there’s a beautiful copper bathtub in the garden for moonlight bathing.”  

Ananda House by Architectural Digest

Architectural Digest featuring Ananda House at Green Village

Hot off the press! IBUKU’s latest creation for David Hornblow and family at Green Village is in the May edition of Architectural Digest. “It’s really important to me that we move beyond the bamboo-hut idea,” explains Elora, the creative director, emphasizing Ibuku’s integration of technical innovation with local craftsmanship. The combination has resulted in properties that are surprisingly ambitious in scale—one of these surreal tropical mansions boasts six floors and measures more than 8,000 square feet. “As we continue to push the limits, my role is to be the connector,” says Elora, who grew up in Bali and has never studied architecture. “With the client and Ibuku’s architects, model makers, and craftsmen, there’s an entire dialogue that unfolds when we create these houses.” Read more here.

John Hardy in Malang

World’s biggest bread slicer in Malang

Went on a boys trip to Malang last month to check out what was happening in the world of stone and petrified wood. We stayed in the incredible Tugu Malang. The petrified wood– wood turned into stone- is amazing. Only now do they have the tools to cut it with the diamond blades. World’s biggest bread slicer. The water keeps the diamond blades from overheating. The world’s biggest bread slicer A post shared by John Hardy (@greenbyjohn) on Apr 6, 2017 at 11:24pm PDT Here it’s made into sinks. The tools they use are just incredible. It’s the ultimate man’s machine land. Big saw, medium saw, small saw. The plywood factory—making it out of tree bark! Just incredible product. Goonie land. The vehicles the workers use are just completely nuts. Other beautiful things we found over there. Black palm rope, bamboo brooms, rag rugs- so cool. The psychedelic kampung of Jodipan in Malang. More on how/what/why here. A young unmarried man’s sarong. The shopkeeper wouldn’t let me buy it. Visited the master bronze caster. He uses bits …

Isabel and Melati Wijsen in Forbes

Green School students on Forbes’ Most Inspiring Women list

Melati and Isabel of Bye Bye Plastic bags recently made it to Forbes’ Indonesia’s Most Inspiring Women. A huge achievement! The girls saw it firsthand in their favorite local beach, Seseh, which was, as Melati puts it, “swallowed up by garbage.” “When you’re at the beach sunbathing or going for a swim, you’re swimming with plastic, you’re sunbathing with plastic. There’s no escaping it,” says Melati. Those experiences led them, in April 2013, to start Bye Bye Plastic Bags, when they were just 10 and 12. The two girls attend the Bali Green School, which promotes environmentalism, so their campaign was in keeping with the school’s mission. “The question became ‘who’s going to do something about it?’ We thought ‘why don’t we do something about it? Why don’t we stand up for our island?’,’” Melati says. – See more at: http://forbesindonesia.com/berita-1303-isabel-and-melati-wijsen.html#sthash.MIq5t5XU.dpuf   Check out their whole story in their TED talk which has had over 1 million views to date:

The Food Babe

READ: The Food Babe’s blog

If you’re into what is going into your body via your food, you have to read Vani Hari’s the Food Babe blog.  Some of the most important work she is doing is around Monsanto and glysophate weed killer. A large body of peer reviewed research links glyphosate (which is sprayed on the majority of crops in this country) to cancer, reproductive problems, liver, kidney and skin cell damage, antibiotic-resistance, and more. The WHO International Agency for Research on Cancer has deemed it a probable carcinogen. One of the biggest sellers of glyphosate, Monsanto, has been colluding with the EPA to keep it on the market. It’s truly outrageous and I’m as angry as you are.   She also has great articles on the sugar wars and many of the ‘Big Food’ problems facing the food industry today. Her Investigations page is a great place to start. About Vani Hari  Vani Hari is a revolutionary food activist, a New York Times best selling author, and was named one of the “Most Influential People On The Internet” by …

Gabriel Orozco in Java

MEET: Gabriel Orozco, Mexican contemporary artist

I have been very, very, very hesitant to have anything to do with artists ever since I was abused during my art school days. However, an artist has recently come into my life and it’s been amazing to meet a sensitive, caring, conscious, super duper successful artist. He’s been trying to explain his latest show to me for about the last fifty miles, but I still don’t understand. Maybe that’s why I didn’t make it as an artist. Gabriel claims I’m an artist, but my definition of an artist is someone who can sell a work for really a lot of money, which I’ve never really accomplished. Gabriel is truly an artist though—read his New York Times profile to learn more. —JH Gabriel Orozco has exhibited at the Guggenheim and MOMA among many other institutions. An except from his bio on the Guggenheim website: Gabriel Orozco was born in Jalapa, in the state of Veracruz, Mexico, in 1962. From 1981 to 1984, he attended the Escuela Nacional de Artes Plásticas at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de …

War on sugar heats up

The war on sugar heats up

Huge amount of press these days on sugar and news about the way we’ve been sold a lie about the white stuff.  Will keep adding to this list as more comes out in the press about the ‘War on Sugar”. CNN: South Africa plans to fight obesity with a sugar tax (March 2017) In tackling sugar drink prices, South Africa follows in the footsteps of Mexico, France, Hungary and New York, which have pioneered the strategy. It plans to introduce a 20% tax on soft drinks that will come into force April 1, making South Africa, which has one of the highest rates of obesity on the continent, the first African country to adopt the measure. CNN: What happens to your brain when you give up sugar (March 2017) The connection between the nucleus accumbens and our prefrontal cortex dictates our motor movement, such as deciding whether or not to taking another bite of that delicious chocolate cake. The prefrontal cortex also activates hormones that tell our body: “Hey, this cake is really good. And I’m going …

Bamboo U Workshop Bali February 2017 (4 of 13)

Building with bamboo: Photos from Bamboo U

The February edition of Bamboo U just wrapped up. The Kul Kul Farm team (led by Orin Hardy and Maria Farrugia) wrote a great review. There’s an excerpt of it below, but make sure to read the rest over on The Kul Kul Farm website.   Bamboo. The mighty plant of the tropics. The King (and Queen) of natural building. It stands tall in sheltered valleys, grows at a fascinating pace, and is gracefully flexible, strong and beautiful. Let’s face it, bamboo is why many people come to Green School. Combine this abundant material with the Balinese craftsmen and a creative design team.. and you have magic. And who doesn’t want magic? So here we are. Bamboo U: February Edition. Our second successful bamboo building course, envisioned by John Hardy, developed by us at the farm, with the support of Elora Hardy and the IBUKU team. Its a tall order delivering magic in 12 days, whilst giving people the skills and tools to create their own magic elsewhere. Especially when the experts; the Balinese craftsmen, don’t speak fluent English. But, when creative, …