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Newsletter #5

Welcome to this month's edition of the newsletter! While we're working on the quarterly journal, we like to share cool stuff we've seen around. If you'd like to see past editions, click here. If you'd like to subscribe to our quarterly journal (in print and digital forms), then click here.

Subscribe to The Last Straw Journal!
The time has finally come: you can now subscribe to the Journal again! Our relaunch issue, #71, will be released digitally on February 14th and physically a little bit later. This issue will feature a bit about the recent past, the future of natural building, and hopefully more than one surprise.

 

Project Wins Prize to Study Climate Resilient Construction Materials

A team led by the founding directors of nonprofit Material Cultures won the SOM Foundation's European Prize to fund their "Constructive Land" project. This project will bring together students, researchers, and Forestry England to explore how regenerative landscapes can produce food and building materials, beyond typical woodlots.
The Serviceberry: An Economy of Abundance:
Robin Wall Kimmerer reflects on more than the ecology of serviceberry trees. This is a reflection on the "notion that there is enough if we share it" within the communities that surround us. 
Material Prices Soared 20% in 2021
This article nicely sums up recent numbers from the Associated General Contractors of America , which show just how high material prices rose in the U.S. last year. They're optimistic about lower costs coming, but we'll believe it when we see it...
Send Us Pictures of Your Truth Window
Something we'd like to try with each issue is to round up pictures of truth windows (where the inside of a finished wall is intentionally made visible) from all over and feature them in the magazine. Send a picture in and it might be featured in upcoming issues of the Journal! The one pictured is an earthbag wall in Bluff, Utah, do you recognize it? Email your submission to: editors@thelaststraw.org

 

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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