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Bamboom: Elora Hardy's TED Talk on Bamboo's Exploding Popularity

Perhaps the most surprising thing about bamboo - besides being an entirely natural, sustainable material with the tensile strength of steel that can grow up to 900 millimeters (3 feet) in just 24 hours - is that it's not more widely recognized as a fantastic construction material. Like many traditional building materials, bamboo no longer has the architectural currency that it once did across Asia and the pacific, but the efforts of Elora Hardy may help put it back into the vernacular. Heading up Ibuku, a design firm that uses bamboo almost exclusively, Hardy's recent TED Talk is an excellent run through of bamboo's graces and virtues in construction, showing off sinuous private homes and handbuilt school buildings.

Karawitz's open shell of bamboo. Image Courtesy of Karawitz Architects The Green School in Bali. Image Courtesy of PT Bambu One of Elora Hardy's bamboo bridges. Image Courtesy of PT Bambu The Green School in Bali. Image Courtesy of PT Bambu

The Green Village / PT Bambu

  • Architects: PT Bambu
  • Location: Badung, Bali, Indonesia
  • Design Consultant : IBUKU
  • Area: 18700.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Bambu Indah Collection, Courtesy of Suxy, Jimbawan, Agung Dwi, Courtesy of Rio Helmi

Courtesy of Suxy © Jimbawan © Agung Dwi Courtesy of Rio Helmi