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

Photo by Arie Beser at Temple House Green Village Bali

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.