Month: February 2017

Carina Hardy

Back to the Breast: An inflatable installation by Carina Hardy

I feel like I have been to Wonderland and back again. The last few months have been a whirl wind adventure of material testing, model making, and production managing the creation of a large scale art inflatable called Back to the Breast; and finally, this February in Thailand we debuted the installation at Wonderfruit festival. Back to the Breast is an eco, biodegradable inflatable made of organic cotton coated in pigmented natural latex that depicts monumental breasts. Through an inflatable “underwire” tunnel, participants can enter the breasts and imagine what it might feel like to be in a breast. Engaging with breasts in this new capacity and beyond stigmatization hopes to normalize breast culture and foster a conversation of inclusion and understanding of bodies in public space. Through symbolic architectural design, Back to the Breast encourages an appreciation for rather than opposition to breasts in public view. At the festival, we hosted breast casting and printing workshops which attracted a huge number of people and helped reinforce the thematic undertone of the piece through opening …

Move all your communications to Whatsapp

DO: Move all your communications to Whatsapp

I got this message recently…. When you’re a very busy guy,  moving your people, suppliers and work groups to Whatsapp will save you hours of mindless banging on the keyboard. You can have little groups with certain tasks and have everyone in there. And all the suppliers have Whatsapp now. I do have an email address, but these days I don’t really give it out. I find it’s a great burden to look at email because it’s mostly self-aggrandizing keyboard banging. That’s why I have 25,000 unopened emails.

Waiting for Superman film

WATCH: Waiting for Superman

A must watch film for anyone interested in the education system. Throughout the documentary, different aspects of the American public education system are examined. Things such as the ease in which a public school teacher achieves tenure, the inability to fire a teacher who is tenured, and how the system attempts to reprimand poorly performing teachers are shown to affect the educational environment. Teaching standards are called into question as there is often conflicting bureaucracy between teaching expectations at the school, state, or federal level. The film also examines teacher’s unions. Michelle Rhee, the former chancellor of the Washington, D.C. public schools (the district with some of the worst-performing students at the time), is shown attempting to take on the union agreements that teachers are bound to, but suffers a backlash from the unions and the teachers themselves. Statistical comparisons are made between the different types of primary or secondary educational institutions available: state school, private school, and charter school. There are also comparisons made between schools in affluent neighborhoods versus schools in poorer ones. …

No more plastic cotton buds

READ: Johnson & Johnson ditch plastic cotton buds

Some good (little) news for the sea. Goodbye, plastic cotton buds. Plastic cotton buds are the number one item of plastic, sewage-related debris found on our beaches and rivers, according to the last year’s Marine Conservation Society’s Great British Beach Clean. The switch to paper handles began on Monday, and the new products will be on shop shelves in Britain within the coming weeks. Johnson & Johnson said it will prevent tens of thousands of tonnes of plastic reaching the seas. –  Telegraph  

John Hardy and the cow phone

Things you have to see and do in India (2 of 2)

These are my favorite hotels and shops in India. These are secret so use them wisely. Place to stay Imperial Hotel is my favorite urban hotel in the world. It has 3,500 original prints, like this one of a Maharaja with the colonial Englishmen. At the Imperial Hotel in Delhi A post shared by John Hardy (@greenbyjohn) on Feb 15, 2017 at 8:57pm PST Most of the prints are of the most bucolic countryside. Except for this one- the Uber of India past. Biggest issue for me are the industrial hotel buffets- it’s just sugar for breakfast Sugar carb sugar carb. The industrial hotel breakfast buffet. A post shared by John Hardy (@greenbyjohn) on Feb 15, 2017 at 11:07pm PST   Places to shop Ahujasons have the most delightful selection of pashminas in the world. And the great thing is that it’s all fixed price. So you can look at the USD 3,500 one and understand why it costs that much, and then see the UD 500 and USD 300 ones and see what they’re worth. …

Suryagarh Heritage Hotel India

A heritage, sustainable hotel in Jaisalmer, India (1 of 2)

I didn’t have any expectations when I heard there was a heritage fort hotel in Jaisalmer. But I was blown away when I got to Suryagarh. I kept looking for something that was newly constructed on this property, something that would break my eye. But nothing did. My host in India was Manvendra Singh Shekhawat, a INKTalks Fellow and traditional architecture enthusiast. Photographed below with James, who traveled with me from Bali. Manvendra Singh Shekhawat’s love lies in hotels, heritage conservation, design, experiential real estate and social entrepreneurship. His hotels take the path less travelled and his NGO, I Love Jaisalmer, was responsible for launching the city’s  largest cleanliness and conservation drive. Manvendra is currently working on building experiential hotels, development of a renaissance township and the restoration of a 350 year old military fort.  Above my bed there was a roof made of cut stone, just stone on stone to make this incredible roof. It was an amazing experience. If you get to Jaisalmer, stay in this hotel. They dug a huge pond to …

Sugar is a drug

READ: Is sugar the world’s most popular drug?

This article came via Cynthia and it’s really and truly worth reading. It’s going to be bigger than the war on tobacco so let’s get ready. Sugar does induce the same responses in the region of the brain known as the “reward centre” as nicotine, cocaine, heroin and alcohol. Addiction researchers have come to believe that behaviours required for the survival of a species – specifically, eating and sex – are experienced as pleasurable in this part of the brain, and so we do them again and again. Sugar stimulates the release of the same neurotransmitters – dopamine in particular – through which the potent effects of these other drugs are mediated. Because the drugs work this way, humans have learned how to refine their essence into concentrated forms that heighten the rush. Coca leaves, for instance, are mildly stimulating when chewed, but powerfully addictive when refined into cocaine; even more so taken directly into the lungs when smoked as crack cocaine. Sugar, too, has been refined from its original form to heighten its rush …

Bamboo used for food packaging

SEE: Bamboo food packaging from Thailand

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

Green School in Buzzfeed

Green School in Buzzfeed’s 7 awesome schools list

Green School made it to one of Buzzfeed’s famous lists- 7 awesome schools that make the whole day feel like recess.  The Green School in Bali is all about nature — it’s set in nature, built using natural materials, and its open plan encourages students to learn according to their natural impulses. Its two buildings, which are separated by a river, are even connected by a bamboo bridge! Run on solar power and renewable energy sources, the school has an organic garden that students cultivate, communal learning spaces, and even housing for staff. Plus, it’s really cool to look at. – Buzzfeed