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March 2004
Design Forward
 Sustainable Concepts . Design Forward Newsletter 
March 2004 
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Welcome to the March 2004 newsletter from Design Forward. Please take some time to enjoy this month's features.

Quote of the Month: "Always design a thing by considering it in its next larger context -- a chair in a room, a room in a house, a house in an environment, an environment in a city plan." - Eliel Saarinen

in this issue
  • The Spiral House
  • More Alternative Construction
  • Recycle City
  • Happy Birthday!
  • Feedback

  • More Alternative Construction
    Cordwood What is Cordwood Masonry?

    Cordwood masonry is an old building technique whereby walls are constructed of short logs (log-ends) laid up widthwise in the wall within a special mortar matrix. The wall derives excellent insulation and thermal mass characteristics from insulation sandwiched between the inner and outer mortar joints. Cordwood houses are low in cost, use indigenous materials, and are easy and fun to build....

    Article & Picture Earthwood Building School

    Found out more... »

    Recycle City
    Explore how to recycle, reduce, and reuse waste in your city. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) put together a website to help educate on how to improve the environment in many ways.

    Article Design Forward

    Check it out here... »

    Happy Birthday!

    We are 2 today!

    Design Forward is two years old. Thanks for making us so successful. We are looking forward to many more years of business.

    Design Forward works toward promoting Sustainable Design. If you know of a project that should be featured, please contact us. Let us know why you think it should be featured and give us a basic intro to the project, the sustainable elements and any websites or contact information.

    If you would like to submit a fun and/or entertaining quote about architecture, building, the environment or such, send it in! If it at all possible, include the author.

    If you have any other feedback concerning this publication, please feel free to send an email or use the form.

    Contact Form... »

    The Spiral House
    Spiral House
    The Spiral House was built during 2000 - 2001 in Co. Mayo, Ireland. It is Europe's first 2 story load- bearing straw bale house, under construction in Co. Mayo. It is designed with sacred geometry, based on a Nautilus shell, in the shape of a spiral. The foundations are created from local limestone. The rafter lengths vary from 8.5m to 3.5m, and each has a different pitch which is very challenging to construct. The home was built mostly by the owners and a number of volunteers mostly unfamiliar with building. The owners of strawbalefutures.org.uk state: "It is one of the most beautiful and inspiring houses in the world! It has been built mostly by the owner, by Amazon Nails, and friends and volunteers."

    Article & Picture strawbalefutures.org.uk

    Find out more about strawbalefutures.org.uk...

    Or the designer Michael Rice www.holistichouseplans.com

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