All posts tagged: sustainable design

Bali Sustainable Visions

Unique visions of wonderful things

“Isabella Ginanneschi, creative wonder woman, who worked with us on the John Hardy image, does it once again. A terrific book full of her unique photographic visions of wonderful things. It’s fabulous, what more can I say.“ -JH About Bali: Sustainable Visions  by Isabella Ginanneschi, Duncan Murray Kirk Discover how visionary architects and designers are pioneering a new, environmentally sustainable style of tropical living. Justly famous for its artistic expressions, Balinese culture is also uniquely adapted to the natural conditions of this small volcanic island just a few degrees south of the equator. The subak system, maintained cooperatively for more than a millennium, channels fresh water from high in the mountains to the terraced rice fields below. And the vernacular architecture, made from renewable materials like wood and bamboo, is designed to accommodate the indoor-outdoor tropical lifestyle–and to withstand the extremes of tropical weather. Today, even as Bali’s ecosystem is challenged by a continued influx of foreign tourists, a handful of inspired creators are rediscovering the island’s long tradition of environmental sustainability. This gorgeous and …

Aerial shot of Green School

Green School in the Guardian: Mud walls, rainwater and visits from lizards

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.

WATCH: The wisdom of designing Cradle to Cradle (William McDonough)

A great conversation about our future. Great concepts to build by. Green-minded architect and designer William McDonough asks what our buildings and products would look like if designers took into account “all children, all species, for all time.” Architect William McDonough believes green design can prevent environmental disaster and drive economic growth. He champions “cradle to cradle” design, which considers a product’s full life cycle — from creation with sustainable materials to a recycled afterlife.