While vacationing in Bali, Professor Joan Melnick, Interior Design ’61, spent a day in a bamboo wonderland. She was inspired to visit after watching a Ted Talk.
Almost everything in the Green School and adjacent Green Village are made out of bamboo. Because bamboo takes just four years to mature, harvesting it doesn’t cause deforestation. The school’s founder, John Hardy, helped set up bamboo farms where the village now gets its wood.
The school offers its mostly international students a natural, holistic education. Instead of spending the whole day at a desk, students explore their surroundings and help create their own experiential curricula.
The Green Village, created by Hardy’s daughter Elora, allows for a community of residents by the school.
The architecture is marvelous. All the structures fit together without nails, and the entire village is powered by a nearby river. “The light and shapes are beautifully undulated,” Melnick says.
A center column of bamboo with a concrete base provides strength for the multilevel structures.
Instead of blueprints, the architects create 3D models.
“The Balinese are considered incredible craftsmen,” Melnick says. “That’s something we’ve lost in Western culture.”
As of now, three homes have been built. Visitors can rent them short-term or long-term. The interiors are, of course, stunning.
It’s paradise. And if we see more sustainable developments like this, maybe this paradise will last for future generations.