Giant mashed down cubes of cellulose shaft or body, for structural walls ledges furniture and platforms. Light enough to lift, porous enough to filter toxins and insulate, complex enough to lend excellent accoustical ambience, simpl enough to assemble by hand, basic enough to stack by hand, forgiving enough to be sawed, hammered, curved and sculpted. ample multiplicity to slash your budget & bolster your living space, textured enough to grab all plasters, and solid enough to support considerable vertical load and snuff out all traces of the outside world.
Strawbale buildings are an excellent expression of the golden topic of multiplicity: at once combining comfort, performance and value. As a structural sheathing or load-
*side interruption: there is one competitor in the global shelter-
a versatile convenience
Bulky though it be, a strawbale (or simply, bale) may consist of any form of starchy cellulose-
now we’ll saunter down the road of wishful thinking, a place where sensibility prevails:
a bale, if free to enter an unrestricted materials marketplace, would be the result of convenient availabilities such as the discards of harvested cereal crops, the welcome removal of invasive creepers and vines such as kudzu, the intentional exploitation of marvelously endowed crops such as hemp, or the opportunistic harvesting of tall natural grasses growing wild in a field.
good news for any economy
This is all useful multiplicity for the intrepid entrepeneurial farmer, and opportunities abound. From just these previous examples, we see that bale technology can multiply, upmarket the uses and overall value of many commercial crops as well as even the most reviled nuisance vegetation, thereby improving any farm or property’s bottom line. this also opens the building market to an increased plethora of material species which assert a lasting, general usefulness in human society, thus dialing down the overexploitation of world timber.
natural evolutions in world farming would soon take root-
(re: Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-
the perfect world
…and if we all lived in a sensible human world not controlled by selfish industry cartels and commercial interests with resultant high-
it is clear thus, what responsibility the new organic frontier must take on, in order to transform a depletionary world into the freeflow of interdependent, practical plenty.
well. a boy can hope.
see straw in action.
just for fun, here’s a SimPL project walk-