373: Elora Hardy - Creating Sustainable Bamboo Architecture In Bali


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Elora Hardy (IG: @eloradora) is the Founder and Creative Director of IBUKU. Raised on the beautiful island of Bali, Elora was inspired by the highly skilled local craftsmen as well as by the talented jewelry designs of her parents.

She spent 14 years of her young adult life in the United States, where she received a degree in fine arts and went on to New York City to design prints for Donna Karan that would walk the world’s runways.

In 2010, Elora left her successful career in the fashion world to carry on the incredible work of the design-build team that created the world-renowned Green School in Bali, founded by her father John Hardy.

She reconnected with the culture and landscape that she loves and today continues to cultivate Balinese artisans alongside innovative designers and architects with the goal of making Bali a global center for sustainable design and bringing those designs to the rest of the world.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Elora created her 1st structure when she was 9 years old… the fairy mushroom house
  • Growing up in Bali with Canadian roots
  • What boarding school in the US was like as a teenager
  • Life in NYC designing prints for Donna Karan
  • How Elora met her now husband at a yoga class in NYC
  • The vision for Green School in Bali
  • Leaving her career in NYC to learn from her dad, John Hardy
  • How to grow bamboo
  • Processing & treating bamboo to make it last
  • The beauty & sustainability of building with bamboo
  • How Green School has evolved since 2008
  • Learning by experiencing nature
  • Designing unique homes that connect with nature
  • How COVID-19 has impacted Bali's tourism
  • The evolution of Bali's tourism over the years
  • Shifting the conversation about the way things are made
  • Working with different types of bamboo
  • The deep need for inspiration & hope

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Related links:

Elora Hardy's website (IBUKU)

Follow Elora Hardy on Instagram

Follow IBUKU Bali on Facebook and Instagram

Apple TV+ - Home - Season 1, Episode 3: Bali (featuring Elora & her work)

John Hardy

Green by John & Cynthia

Donna Karan

The Next Industrial Revolution by William McDonough (documentary)

Green School

Linda Garland

Green Village Bali

Listen to Kimbal Musk previously on TUHP (episode #340)

Elizabeth Gilbert - Eat, Pray, Love (book) & (movie)

Bambu Indah

Bamboo U

Thomas Heatherwick

Victoria & Albert (V & A) Museum - Bamboo Futures

Listen to Marni & Jesse - Bali Offerings previously on TUHP (episode #260)

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