Elora Hardy’s 9 favorite places in Ubud, including Bambu Indah, The Kul Kul Farm and Green Village were featured in the June 2016 edition of AFAR Magazine. Read the interview with her here.
Financial Times recently ran an article on the rise of bamboo architecture in Asia featuring Ibuku and many other pioneers in the field. “Most people, especially in Asia, think that you couldn’t be poor enough or rural enough to actually want to live in a bamboo house,” says Hardy. Yet now that a newly developed boron solution can protect bamboo against termites, it is no longer a symbol of poverty: a three-bedroom house in the Green Village is on sale for $695,000. Ibuku aims to convince people that bamboo is not just a practical material, but something worth aspiring to. Read the whole article by Clarissa Sebag-Montifiore: Why bamboo is the ‘green steel’ of 21st-century Asian architecture
From a series called Innovators Talk, profiling innovators in their respective fields. Read more here.
While this may sound like an idyllic utopia, John emphasizes that this idea can be translated around the world to introduce this sustainable lifestyle and curriculum into any environment. His rules: be local, let the environment lead, and think about how your grandchildren will be building the future. John recently reflected on how the experience of building Green School has surprised and changed him. “I never imagined how quickly or thoughtfully the Green School would evolve,” John told Unzipped. “Every day I am surprised by new, creative ideas our students bring up to become even more sustainable. These students are growing into leaders who know how to coexist with the world and think bigger than any generation before them.” From the Levi Strauss & Co Unzipped blog. Read on here.
Ari Besar from the Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship visited Green Village and wrote about it here. The structures and homes Ibuku creates feel more like extensions of the natural environment around them than additions to it. They are crafted into playful shapes and designs with techniques that are not possible to use with standard construction materials. Ibuku’s Architects are able to look at the leaves, the rice paddies, and the natural contours of the land and replicate it into their designs. In leiu of blueprints, the team creates scale models of bamboo to test the home’s structural integrity and design before construction begins.
Beautiful Bambu Indah, John Hardy and the Hardy family were profiled in the Scrapbook column of Vogue Brazil.
Balinese eco-resort Bambu Indah has been named among the top eight “Over the Top” hotels by leading booking website Agoda.com this year, chosen for its unique and head-turning features. The hotel, rated three stars, is located amid lush rice paddies in Ubud, and made the annual list of what Agoda calls “properties that push the boundaries of creative accommodation.” “The gorgeously landscaped Bambu Indah goes to great lengths to present a collection of curios from around the world in a superb Balinese setting. Much of the food used in the kitchen is grown onsite without pesticides, and the entire resort is operated with locally sourced materials and labor,” Agoda said in a release announcing the top eight. Read more at The Jakarta Globe.
John always says that Bambu Indah is a garden with a hotel attached, something which the Guardian noticed. Meals at Bambu Indah in Ubud are created using produce from the hotel’s own organic vegetable garden. Bambu Indah was founded by the Hardy family who are also behind Bali’s Green School and their passion for the environment is evident in the menu. Eating locally and sustainably is also very healthy. Sitting in the open-air bamboo structure of Bambu Indah’s restaurant you can eat curry with eggplant and beans or “raw lasagna” made from layers of uncooked zucchini, mushrooms and tomato and topped with pesto. Read the rest: The 5 most healthy places to eat in Bali.
Matthew Jenkin from The Guardian interviewed John Hardy on the Green School’s classroom design for this great article on sustainable schools. He explains that the open design of the classrooms means there are more distractions for students from the outside environment – a tropical downpour or a lizard crawling across the floor, for example – but teachers are encouraged to integrate these into lessons to make learning more exciting and engaging. “Everywhere in the world kids are learning how to be green but in completely unsustainable environments,” Hardy says. “Green school kids are learning about the same things, but they are living it instead.
Orin, Made and Maria from the Kul Kul Farm make it into Modern Farmer magazine. The trio recognizes the hard truth about agricultural finances, so they’ve expanded beyond fruits and veggies to host farming workshops and will soon begin hawking garden supplies online. “Young people here don’t see a future in farming,” Hardy says of Bali’s tourism-driven economy. “But I don’t see a future without farming.” Read the whole article here.