Ways of Sustainable Development - Bali

Soumya Vilekar
Posted April 28, 2018 from India

Bali , a popular and known tourist   destination,a part of the Coral Triangle, the area with the highest biodiversity of marine species  and  about 7 times as many as in the entire Caribbean.

 Most recently, Bali was the host of the 2011 ASEAN Summit, 2013 APEC and Miss World 2013  is  also renowned for its highly developed arts, including traditional and modern dance, sculpture, painting, leather, metalworking and music. Bali is the home of the Subak irrigation system, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Besides home for innumerable temples of exquisite architechture and wondrous ways of their faith , it exhibits a remarkable balance between traditional ways of life and modern ones. On one hand it treasures the rock sculptures and heritage of their ancient age ,while on another shakes and dances to the modern music numbers in the pubs of the busiest lanes where perform extraordinarily  dancers and artists.

Right from the sea shores to dense forests , from live volcano to lakes and from paddy fields to terraced farms, Bali exudes ecological balance everywhere . While moving through the  alleys of small villages, the series and endless display of sculptures, stoneworks , woodcrafts, metalcrafts in different forms mesmerizes and makes one think about the exquisite and precious inheritance that they have reared and treasured.

One of the most impressive form was the construction of rooms , houses , structure with bamboo. Bamboo as we all know bends when it is raw and green while it becomes brittle when ripened. Once while visiting Goa Gajah , a 8th century excavated cave site, I happened to visit a restaurant nearby. There was some kind of new construction going beside to extend the room. The worker had cut similar small pieces of bamboo and attached them to a wooden strip and nailed it to get the desired shape. The four base pillars of bamboo on which rested the whole construction had a square cut of  a square inch near its lower end . The person filled the hole with mix of concrete with the help of a leaf and was trying to fill the hollow base. This would solidify once settled and would reinforce the pillars giving them immense strength to uphold the whole structure resting on it.

This surely made me think that innovations and ideas can help us to so many things which we usually ignore leading us to solutions for sustainable development to help maintain the ecological balance. The minimum usage of concrete and in turn bamboo plants used for the same would give a cooling effect to the interiors and stop artificial blockages in the ground.

Such ideas can nevertheless bring out more solutions to help reduce the carbon prints and help the environment in many ways.

 

 

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Jill Langhus
Apr 29, 2018
Apr 29, 2018

Hi Soumya. How are you doing? Thanks for sharing your story on bamboo and this interesting structural procedure that they are using. I think anything we can do to help the planet heal and thrive is a good idea:-)

Soumya Vilekar
Apr 29, 2018
Apr 29, 2018

Hi Jlanghus,
Iam fine. It was really interesting to watch and learn about this new process. In so many ways we can find alternate solutions to help our environ and surroundings . When we see the whole world going on way of development and jungles of buildings and skyscrapers, this green initiative is really wonderful.
Thanks for reading it.

Jill Langhus
Apr 30, 2018
Apr 30, 2018

Hi Soumya. I agree, and you're welcome:) Hope you have a good day!

Soumya Vilekar
May 04, 2018
May 04, 2018

You too ! :-)

Jill Langhus
May 05, 2018
May 05, 2018

Thanks:)

Olutosin
Apr 29, 2018
Apr 29, 2018

Last week, I was looking for bamboo in Ibasa riverside community where I work but there was none. I had to cross over to the mainland to buy.
My thought was that every riverside would have bamboo but alas, I was wrong.
I would have loved to build some structure with bamboo at our center.
Thanks a lot for sharing. The video gave a perfect visual explanation.

Soumya Vilekar
May 01, 2018
May 01, 2018

Dear Olutosin,
So nice to know that this video and article gave you an idea of how to go ahead wth bamboo usage . There were many options of bamboo structures there and I found this interesting It is so nice to see that you thought of adding bamboo at the center .
Thanks
Soumya

Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi

Hi Soumaya,
Thank you for sharing this interesting story about bamboo. It is quite amazing how human beings have become so creative in so many ways.
Thanks once again and have a blessed day.

Bettina Amendi
Mar 18
Mar 18

Thank You Soumya,its amazing.

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