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January 2005
Sustainable Concepts )
Design Forward Newsletter January 2005, vol. 23
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  • Straw Bale: Natural Building Blocks
  • Asia Tsunami Response Fund
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  • Greetings!

    Welcome to the January 2005 newsletter from Design Forward. Please take some time to enjoy this month's features.

    Quote of the Month: "The littlest and most private works of architecture are often the most influential."
    - Witold Rybczynski

    Lisa Van Veen

    Straw Bale: Natural Building Blocks

    Inside the home of Tim Martin and Denny Arter, there's no trio of pigs, little or otherwise, and outside there's no wolf that's huffing and puffing. But this is no fairy tale: The couple's house is made of straw. The stacked bales, held together with chicken wire and stucco, form thick walls that keep the indoors cool in the summer, warm in the winter.

    The construction material was a natural choice for the nature-loving pair, who can walk out the door any time to hike the 90 acres they own or to fish in nearby lakes. The house sits on a ridge, offering views of wide valleys and high peaks in the south- central mountains.

    Article Rocky Mountain News. Picture David Barrett.

    Asia Tsunami Response Fund

    Every few years, an event happens, which even though I have no personal connection to, I feel the need to respond. The recent tsunami disaster in Asia which hit on Sunday, December 26th is one of those events. At the moment I was writing this, 121,000 people were dead and millions were homeless. The devastating disaster may be the largest relief effort ever assembled. Over 11 countries have been affected, and millions of people are without shelter and supplies.

    This is our chance to help those in need through donating to Habitat for Humanity International. They have made a promise to rebuild. It only costs $1,600 to build a house in Sri Lanka. No matter what small donation you can make, every bit helps towards the long road to rebuilding.

    Article Lisa Van Veen. Picture Habitat for Humanity International


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