Nici Long has been an architectural designer for 25 years and is the founder of Cave Urban, a collective dedicated to the study, design and practical application of passive sustainable systems for living. Key areas of interest include sustainable house design, renewable energy systems, resource recycling and the use of bamboo as a low-energy, renewable structural building material.
“We are an international collective formed in 2010 to investigate vernacular lightweight structures and their relevance to contemporary design. What began as a means for research has developed into a practice that explores the intersection between art and architecture through the use of natural and recycled materials.
Our projects involve the participation of the local community, universities and artists. We also foster cross cultural exchange and collaboration with international artists like Wang Wen-Chih (Taiwan), Georges Cuvillier (Belgium), Amir Rabik (Indonesia), Carolina Pinto (Chile) and Markus Tatton (Australia). Partnerships have included: Opera Australia, MONA, Clemenger, University of Tasmania, UNSW, Sydney City Council, Royal Botanical Gardens, Australian National Botanical Gardens, Brisbane City Council and the Woodford Folk Festival”
“Soul of Kalinga Music: Connecting Past, Present, and Future”
Edgar B. Banasan is a home-grown artist specializing in bamboo musical instrument making and playing. He has an impeccable track record when it comes to performing Indigenous crafts and music, and executing Indigenous talents. He is recognized as one of the only three remaining Kalinga (a land-lock province in the Cordillera region, north of the Philippines, and is the home of diverse Indigenous cultures and people called the Kalingas) Bamboo musical instruments maker and player.
He has been making and playing these traditional bamboo musical instruments for a long time. He even played with the Ramon Ubusan Folkloric Group (which was founded in 1972 and started as a fledgling folk dance and music company and is now one of the leading groups in the country). Also, he became a back-up instrumentalist for Grace Nono in her concert and her album. However, he realized that doing these are not enough to inspire the young people who are losing interest in culture.
This is one of the reasons why a more holistic approach for transmitting cultures started, which is EDAYA. Together with the making, introducing, and the playing of bamboo musical instruments, he began to devote more time documenting, teaching, and trying innovative ways, which he thought will interest the young people.
His jew’s harp is exhibited at the Museum and Centre of Khomus of the World’s Peoples in the Sakha Republic. He released three albums so far; “Ode to Mother Earth”(2005), “Fugga”(2008), and “Pongoch”(2018). He was a Training Fellow at Kanazawa College of Art at Kanazawa, Japan, in 2016. He was also a visiting faculty of the “Healing Through Bamboo Music” course (Under “Gandhi & Design” Initiative) at the National Institute of Design, India, in 2019.
“Soul of Kalinga Music: Connecting Past, Present, and Future”
In 2012, Ayaka co-founded EDAYA, a design/art project with bamboo in the Asian region for accelerating social innovation, including the rediscovery of local traditions in the global context. She is engaged in running, managing, and administering operations, supervising the overall strategic vision, shaping and guiding creative paths, and designing both products and projects.
EDAYA has been introducing innovative ideas to revitalize and conserve culture, utilizing bamboo as a medium. Based in Tokyo, Kalinga, and Baguio, a newly-recognized UNESCO creative city in crafts and folk arts, EDAYA creates culturally-inspired contemporary bamboo art such as jewelry, musical instruments, and installations and develops socially-engaged art in which bamboo has a significant role. EDAYA’s bamboo jewelry received the “Social Products Award 2016” in Japan. EDAYA has also been doing on-site research related to the local bamboo culture and developing a multi-cultural bamboo art educational module called “Bamboo Glocal Village” with people from Japan, the Philippines, and Myanmar.
She holds Bachelor of Agriculture (Major in International Sustainable Agriculture Development) and Master of Health Science (Major in International Health, Department of Human Ecology) from the University of Tokyo. She was chosen by AERA, a Japanese magazine, as “an upcoming Japanese woman contributing to the 21st century” in 2015. In 2017, she published her first art book about EDAYA. She was also chosen as a delegate/ panelist for the program “Connecting The Bridges “Women Entrepreneurs in Asia-Pacific Countries 2018” organized by Cabinet Office, Government of Japan 》The Japan Foundation Asia Center Fellow in 2019. From 2019 Summer, Ayaka is studying at Harvard Graduate School of Design as a Fulbright graduate student.
John Hardy is renown for having unconventional ideas and making them happen.
After graduating from the Ontario College of Art & Design, John set off to travel the world and settled in Bali.
In 1975, he started a small jewelry business that grew into an international company.
In 2007, John stopped working in the company to dedicate his time on advocating for and building a more sustainable world through education and design.
As his first major project, he and his wife Cynthia conceived and created the Green School in Bali, Indonesia to deliver pioneering education for the future with a curriculum based on the Three Frame Day by Alan Wagstaff.
The school commits to providing internationally recognized academic education that prepares the students with the ability to be competitive and successful in the wider world.
The uniqueness of the school lies in the integration of traditional subjects, creative arts and green studies wrapped in rich layers of experiential, environmental, and entrepreneurial learning.
John spoke at TED Global about the Green School and the USGBC awarded the school with the 2012 Greenest School on Earth award.
Today, the school has a student body of approximately 500 from over 40 countries.
In addition to the Green School, in 2009, John teamed up with his daughter Elora to create award winning Green Village and Ibuku.
Collaborating on their combined 45 years experience in art and design, long interest in architecture and focus on working with regenerative and adaptable materials, the companies are setting out to establish new design vocabulary, construction techniques and engineering standards for bamboo residences, hotels, public buildings, interiors and furnishings.
“The Way of Bamboo”
Gerard Minakawa was born in New York City to Argentinian and Bolivian-Japanese parents and studied industrial design at the Rhode Island School of Design. After working for various prominent design studios in the USA, he fell in love with bamboo while visiting his little sister in Japan during the spring of 2000 and subsequently dedicated himself to learning all he could about the world’s most gigantic grass. His journeys eventually led him to Bolivia, where he successfully ran a bamboo workshop with local artisans and also partnered with Aid to Artisans, a nonprofit agency dedicated to developing the handicraft industry worldwide. In 2007, Minakawa founded Bamboo DNA, a design/build company specializing in the creation and installation of large-scale bamboo environments that have since been appreciated by millions of people at music & art festivals all over the world. Minakawa was named one of the Top 20 Innovative U.S. designers by I.D. Magazine and his works have been featured in numerous international books and publications including the Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and the New York Times. He has taught at the Rhode Island School of Design as well as the University of California and is currently president of the nonprofit SoCal Chapter of the American Bamboo Society and an Ambassador with the World Bamboo Organization.
“Bamboo: an engine of the next economy”
Gunter Pauli built the first ecological modern day factory in 1991. It was made from local wood, bioclimatic and took care of all waste.
It (still) has the largest grass roof on any industrial facility.
Gunter discovered bamboo in Indonesia, and when the German Government invited him to present 7 of his revolutionary ideas to transform society towards sustainability, he opted for a creative design uniting 4,000 bamboos into a beautiful pavilion that received 6.4 million visitors.
However it was not the building design, rather the science behind it that fascinated the German authorities who not only gave it the first ever building permit for a material they did not know and a construction system that was new, after completion the German authorities gave a wood master diploma to each of the workers since they had completed a master piece.
Gunter Pauli continues to pioneer with science, innovations and the transformation of society through the implementation of projects and reaching out to children. The Chinese Government has published 216 of his fables which bring science, emotions, arts, design and entrepreneurship for the common good.
He is father of 6 children, speaks 7 languages and is a world citizen.
“Construction processes and techniques for roofs and structures for social, economic and environmental development”
Ceo of Bamboo Architecture Company. Architect, designer and activist graduated from the Benemerita Autonomous University of Puebla, his university education was carried out between Mexico, Colombia, Cuba and Brasil. His work has focused on the construction with bamboo and sustainable architecture since the last 10 years, as well as the consulting of these materials to private companies, NGOs and government. He has represented Mexico as a lecturer and trainer in different countries such as India,Colombia, Brazil, Peru, the United States, South Korea, Chile and Cuba.
Over the past 25 years James has established manufacturing capabilities, brands, and product lines in bamboo for clients all around the world, as well as managing B2B and e-commerce fulfillment of bamboo goods.
He has produced countless products for home and garden, pre-fabricated bamboo architecture, championship winning race bikes, award winning children’s toys, skateboards and the list goes on and on.
He currently owns and operates his own bamboo plantation and manufacturing facility in Vietnam. When he’s not running his bamboo business, he can be found riding his bamboo bicycles for health and adventure.
“Bamboo for rehabilitating degraded land”
Dr. Lou Yiping, a former Programme Director at International Bamboo and Rattan Organization (INBAR) and currently Director of China-Africa Agriculture and Forestry Research (CAFOR), Zhejiang A&F University of China, and the World Bamboo Ambassador of the World Bamboo Organization (WBO).
He has been working as a bamboo researcher on bamboo biology, ecology and management in the Chinese Academy of Forestry for about 15 years (1984-1998) and with INBAR for 15 years (1999-2014) as a researcher and program director on bamboo plantation, bamboo biodiversity conservation and bamboo forest management for mitigation and adaptation to climate change.
In recent 10 years, he has been focusing technology innovation and dissemination on sustainable bamboo value chain development for livelihood security for rural poor communities in China, Africa and Asia countries with the projects funded by EU, UN agencies and various governments, especially on green bamboo shoot technology. Dr. Lou has been working as project manager and researcher for more than 20 bamboo projects in more than 30 countries and he has been leading the development of the national and regional bamboo development strategies and national action plans for Cameroon, Kenya, Rwanda, Timor Leste, Vietnam (Thanh Hua Province), etc.
He has published more than 50 research papers and 5 books on bamboo for development, biodiversity conservation and combating climate change.