Elora Hardy and her team of designers, artisans, and builders at Ibuku are reimagining sustainable building, using one of nature’s strongest and most versatile materials.
Bamboo has the compressive strength of concrete, the same strength-to-weight ratio of steel, and can regenerate itself in just a few short years. It’s also flexible, beautiful, and resilient, and serves as an effective carbon sequestration channel.
Sounds great, right? So why aren’t more buildings made from this wonder material? Because bamboo is a wild grass, it’s also round, hollow, and tapered, and presents unique challenges to those who build with it. The material lends itself more easily to bespoke homes than to conventional and mass-produced houses, which have a ready source of straight, square, and uniform wood, thanks to the well-established timber industry.
One inspiring woman and her team of craftsmen in Bali are working to change that, one incredible bamboo structure at a time, because they believe that bamboo’s potential is underestimated, and that it should be used to house many more people around the world, especially in the tropics.
Here’s Elora Hardy, founder and creative director of Ibuku, speaking at a TED conference about the potential of this incredible natural building material: