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Newsletter #12

Welcome to this month's edition of the newsletter! In between releases of the quarterly journal, we share cool stuff we've seen around. If you'd like to see past editions, click here.  You can buy a single  digital journal issue, or even subscribe to the magazine. We're doing a second print run of Issue 72, so if you couldn't grab a copy before, you can soon. Our next journal, Issue 73, is coming soon!

Video: Fire is Our Relation

This video highlights the Karuk tribe along the Klamath river in California bringing back their tradition of controlled burning. For decades after American colonization, the practice was illegal and people went to jail for what's now a widely respected forest management practice.
An Oral History of the Straw Bale Revival with Matts Myhrman
We sat down with one of the founders of The Last Straw, also known as the grandfather of the natural building resurgence, to collect stories from back in the day. We think learning from the past can help inspire the future, and few are as inspiring as Matts! This piece is from our Spring 2022 journal issue, No. 72.
FREE: Embodied Carbon Toolkit for Architects
The Carbon Leadership Forum has put together some handy little free starter guides about embodied carbon and what building designers can do about it. These look great as a refresher or to pass along to curious friends.
Our Buildings Are Making Us Sick
Nowadays most people spend most of their time inside buildings, so if you're not paying attention to the interior, you're missing a lot! This article shows how all this indoor-air-breathing can be pretty unhealthy if you're not careful. Viruses, dust, offgassing, mold, and gas-burning stoves all contribute to a toxic mix.
Check out the latest issue of The Last Straw Journal, No. 72!
Our current issue is available on the website!  In this issue you will build a cob community, eat wild blackberries, get bit by the straw bale bug, rekindle a movement, and much more!
We hope The Last Straw can be a platform to share and explore ideas of a better world through the lens of building methods and materials. Join us as we bring a critical perspective to conventional practice, imagine alternatives, and connect designers, builders, and dreamers. Let us know what you think and if you're working on something you think we should share!

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