Last night, I had the opportunity to meet the man himself and hear him speak about his current passion, a school he and his family have built in Bali. They call it "The Green School" because it is built mostly out of bamboo, an easily renewable resource.
To give you an idea of what is possible, here's a peek inside one of the bamboo structures:
|Photo copied from http://knstrct.com/2012/10/12/green-village-bali/|
His daughter also has a video online, telling a bit more about the wonders of bamboo and the processes involved in using it for building. She runs the company that built the school and which is currently building several homes in the same village.
You can see photos of the incredible buildings and interior designs that Ibuku is making here. They are like nothing you have ever seen before.
It was an interesting evening. John is obviously passionate about what he is doing and his enthusiasm is contagious. I was all ready to jump on a plane to Bali ... until he mentioned the bugs that often can be found inside a building that doesn't have walls. I was okay with the idea of a snake passing through, as long as it wasn't dangerous but centipedes? No, I don't think so. Well, maybe. I'll have to think about it.
In the meantime, my subconscious is busy designing my own special house made out of bamboo. Maybe a tree house ... (can centipedes climb trees?)