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Dirty Dozen from Mic

READ: Dirty Dozen 2017

The fruits and veggies with the most pesticides revealed. By aggregating and analyzing data from the USDA, the EWG determined that the following 12 produce items contain the most pesticide residue. The Dirty Dozen 1. Strawberries 2. Spinach 3. Nectarines 4. Apples 5. Peaches 6. Pears 7. Cherries 8. Grapes 9. Celery 10. Tomatoes 11. Sweet bell pepper 12. Potatoes Read the whole article at the Mic.

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 …

John Hardy at MIT

The top 16 posts of 2016 on Green by John

I never thought Green by John would take off like this. Thank you to all the readers and have a happy 2017. Here are the top 16 most-read posts of 2016 on Green by John. From the bottom up:  NO 16: MEET: The NALU Team They saw something that wasn’t right, so they started a business to sell t-shirts to make it right. The story of the student-run social enterprise that is NALU made it to the 16 most read articles on Green by John for 2016. NO 15: Spearing garbage, talking trash The rule of the trash walk is simple, you have to keep walking, keep spearing and keep talking. NO 14: Back to school with the new Green School classrooms IBUKU designed and built  new classrooms for Green School. Take a look at the end result as the kids start using the spaces. NO 13: IBUKU goes to Hong Kong The end result of IBUKU’s design for TRi Restaurant came it at number 13 on the list. TRi is IBUKU’s first overseas project. NO 12: What if kids …

the future of education in Bali

READ: Is the future of education growing in Bali?

Renee Martyna writes about the Green School in her article on Momentum: Teachers are given leeway to plan activities that foster real-life learning, but also to have fun and inspire. The environment is tolerant, and even encouraging, of differences, allowing students to do their their best without being pitted against one another. At fifth-, eighth-, and 12th-grade graduations, for example, students are asked to give a TED-style presentation on a cause or idea that they truly care about. The school community attends in great numbers to support these kids, with tears, and deep shifts in community consciousness, not uncommon. Read the full article here.

Falling for Balinese bamboo furniture

READ: IBUKU’s furniture collection in the Financial Times

“Fast forward to 2016 and back in Bali’s verdant hinterland, local artisans are carefully bending this ultra-sustainable resource into fantastically undulating sculptures, sans splinters, under the design direction of Hardy’s equally talented daughter Elora. The former designer at Donna Karan returned home to Bali in 2010 to realise what she calls her father’s “big dreams made out of overgrown grass”. This summer, Elora launched the Ibuku furniture collection, an online catalogue of these natural, artful furnishings that already populate the monumental custom bamboo houses of Green Village, this talented family’s other bamboo-building venture.” Read the full article by Cynthia Rosenfeld in the How to Spend It section of the Financial Times.

WIRED Best Designers 2016

READ: The best designers you need to be watching right now (WIRED)

Honored to be named in this WIRED Design Issue article on the best designers. Thanks to Bjarke Ingels for the amazing mention of IBUKU and Elora and John Hardy. For WIRED’s Design Issue, we celebrate the creatives – from architects to user experience masters, fashion designers to rocket scientists – shaping the world right now. As part of our cover profile on the architecture star Bjarke Ingels, we asked him to nominate the individuals in their respective fields he is most excited about right now. From fiction writers to builders of bamboo schools, here are five designers shaping the WIRED world right now. Entire article over on the WIRED site.

Green Village by New Atlas

READ: Exploring Bali’s enchanting bamboo village with New Atlas

Great new article and photo essay from New Atlas on the houses of Green Village. Much of the village’s furniture and interior decorations are bespoke and crafted to emphasize the versatility and aesthetic appeal of bamboo. An intricate lampshade made up of 30 or 40 separate shoots hovering over the study on the Garden Villa’s top floor was the probably the most sophisticated example of this, but we were also impressed by thick bamboo columns fashioned into bar stools and parked alongside the kitchen’s island bench.  

Bamboo in the Financial Times

READ: Bamboo is the 21st Century Green Steel

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

Photo by Arie Beser at Temple House Green Village Bali

READ: In Bali, bamboo architecture offers a model for sustainable future

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.