Meet The Woman Who Quit Her Successful Job To Build Sustainable Bamboo Homes In Bali
Today, we have a very inspirational story. It is about a woman who left behind her job in New York to become a house designer in Bali. But, not any ordinary house designer. She started her own line of sustainable houses.
You must be wondering why she did it; to save our planet and make use of the resources it gives us. She spent a long time coming up with the perfect way to use all-natural materials to build houses that could rival the ones build with concrete and steel. Now, her work is being recognized and we’re here to talk about it.
1Who is Elora Hardy?
Elora was born in 1980 and is Canadian-Indonesian. She was born in Canada but she grew up in Bali. She moved to the US at age 14 to attend boarding school. She got a degree in fine arts. Elora entered the New York fashion designing scene and most notably worked for Donna Karan.
2She left it all
In 2010, Elora gave up her successful fashion career and moved back to Bali. She founded the company IBUKU, whose main aim was to use bamboo and other natural materials to build homes. They built a community of bamboo homes near Denpasar in Bali. Since 2010, they have built over 90 bamboo structures in Southeast Asia and Africa.
Elora was inspired to do this by her father, John Hardy. In her TED Talk, she said that her father chose bamboo to build all buildings because he saw promise in it. For him, bamboo was a material that could be used by generations to come. It is sustainable because it is natural and bamboo grows very fast so this makes it perfect.
Elora’s father chose bamboo because it is a sustainable material that will keep growing. Future generations can use bamboo for years and all they have to do is keep replanting it. Bamboo is also the perfect choice because it has the compressive strength of concrete and the strength-to-weight ratio of steel.
5Does bamboo have any weaknesses?
Just like everything, bamboo has its weaknesses too. Its main problems are being eaten by insects and moisture. But, if it is treated properly, it can be used to make lasting structures. Elora treats the bamboo using boron, which occurs naturally ad makes the bamboo inedible to insects. This ensures that the structures will last a long time.