TED Talk – Elora Hardy: Magical Houses, Made of Bamboo

You’ve never seen buildings like this. The stunning bamboo homes built by Elora Hardy and her team in Bali twist, curve and surprise at every turn. They defy convention because the bamboo itself is so enigmatic. No two poles of bamboo are alike, so every home, bridge and bathroom is exquisitely unique. In this beautiful, immersive talk, she shares the potential of bamboo, as both a sustainable resource and a spark for the imagination. “We have had to invent our own rules” she says.

The Permaculture Research Insitute

PRI Zaytuna Farm functions as a model farm (in development) and permaculture training facility. Geoff and Nadia Lawton, world-renowned permaculture educators and consultants, lead the project. Much of Geoff and Nadia’s time over the last few years has been spent away from the Institute, consulting and helping set up projects in diverse locales around the world. Seeing the worldwide demand for knowledgeable permaculture consultants and teachers increase exponentially, as fuel and fertiliser prices skyrocket and the effects of climate change, soil depletion and water shortages begin to hit hard, priority and focus is now shifting back to the Institute, where growing the training program will increase the output of quality teachers to help fill the growing need for them.


  1. Inspiring. Just now planning a treehouse and I happen to have some bamboo handy…
    However, I do wonder about the disparities of wealth between the clients who commission those glorious homes and the workers who build them. Do they, also, live in beautiful bamboo houses (albeit smaller)?

  2. A project is not possible applicability in daily life. How do you think this house cost? . There are so many hungry and needy people in the world … I do not think of anything else to satisfy themselves as rich people … wrong, I’m talking to this house. They also talked about the sharing.

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