A different kind of footprint

TED talks are an excellent example of a knowledge cooperative in action.  In the spirit of the amazing nuggets of information that can be gleaned from each short lecture I would like to share something extraordinarily inspiring.

Christina Bustos posted a beautiful picture on flickr today illustrating how beautiful our world would be without us.  But these talks show how beautiful our world could be if we were more respectful inhabitants.

First architect Elora Hardy demonstrates the versatility of bamboo as a base material for wondrous homes to inhabit.

Her father, John Hardy, the source of her inspiration, exemplifies how schools don’t need to be prisons of mental torture:


4 thoughts on “A different kind of footprint

  1. I’ve visited the Green School Safar. Whilst it’s beautiful, in many ways its not very practical for a school, in terms of noise levels and many other factors. Still, bamboo is such a beautiful material to make houses out of. Unfortunately in bali where there are many of these modern bamboo houses are extraordinarly expensive and beyond the price range of most people.
    Elora’s house is certainly beautiful and I love the story of her mum building her a house based on her child’s drawing. 🙂


    1. It’s great to have first-hand insight, Debbie into projects like this. Thank you for the share. I wondered more about some of the health and safety issues – during the construction phase and kids potentially toppling over the edge. Did you come across any cheaper modifications – for instance the local architects adapting the ‘ideal’ versions in a more affordable way?


      1. hi Safar, well there are the local indigenous varietys of bamboo housing, in indonesia and phillipines, that i guess these super modern versions were based on in some ways. but the indgenous verrsions are poor hovels that nobody would want to live in. another problem with these types of houses is that all kinds of critters get in. fine if you like rodents running round your living room and all kinds of creatures in your food cupboards.

        the rooves however of the modern versions are based on the same kind of frond the indigenous variety uses and are great use of natural material… but there is less and less of the natural grasses left for the locals to use

        this whole thing highlights what happens when “foreigner” come in and take over a place. cost of housing goes through the roof, outside problems like drug abuse and alchohol addiction spiral…. the list goes in. in a place like bali the foreigners all wax lyrical about the local culture, however the island has changed significantly. local balinese also maintain that it is the javanese who are the ones who hunt the tourist dollar, give the massages on the beach, are the ‘petty theives’ – who knows the truth of it all. certainly balinese culture is unique in indonesia.

        a complex issue.

        nevertheless the beauty of these houses can’t be taken away from the architect who designed them, and as she says, ‘its a work in progress’.



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