Imagine being a young child and being asked by your mum to draw a picture of your dream home. What would you draw? Think about it for a moment – let your mind really wander into your childhood’s imagination. Can you see it? What does it look like? TED speaker Elora Hardy was asked that very same question by her mother when she was just nine years old. What was her answer? A fairy mushroom home and guess what? Her mother built her that very home. That’s kind of amazing right?
Grown up Elora is now building “Magical houses, made of bamboo.” In her TED talk Elora shows us some images of homes made out of bamboo. They are pretty amazing. Before watching this talk, I read the transcript. I do this sometimes when I want a quick overview of the TALK before actually watching it. The images I conjured up in my mind did not compare to the reality of these homes. I was not imagining a six-storey home in Bali that looked so exquisite. All I could think when I saw this home was what a great place it would be to have a home office. All that natural light flowing through the home. I could live there.
This TED talk was not about showcasing homes made out of bamboo it was about promoting the idea that bamboo is a sustainable building material worth considering. That bamboo is not a restrictive building material, the only restriction is one’s imagination. For me, this TED talk was also about exploring imagination and knowing that it’s okay to approach things, projects, life in a different way.
If you haven’t already watched Elora Hardy’s TED talk Magical houses, made of bamboo take a few moments out of your day to watch it. It’s such an inspiring story.