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The Straw Bale Comprehensive
by Katy Purviance on 03/03/08 @ 01:34:42 pm
Categories: News | 237 words | 2882 views

My heroes Bill and Athena Steen have been teaching alternative building techniques in southern Arizona for the past 15 years. I’ve been wanting to drive out there and join them for one of their week long courses for a few years now, but it seems like there’s always something in the way, like, you know, being an architecture student, or climbing out of the poverty hole, or earning vacation days at my For-Now job. But I haven’t given up. I’ve just reviewed their I’m looking at their web site, and I’m thinking about signing up for The Straw Bale Comprehensive course this April.

I’m also planning on a 7,800 mile cross-cross country road trip to go visit all of the grad schools that have accepted me. I just don’t know who those are yet. But I hope that my road trip would take me to the towns of all five: Eugene, Cambridge, Cambridge, New Haven, and Clemson. Along the way I want to see my friends in Boise, Boylston, and Savannah. And of course the Grand Canyon, because how can I not. And the Straw Bale class. Oh, did I mention I only have 10 vacation days in which to try all this? Something’s gotta give. If all five grad schools do want me (oh please, sweet Jesus), then I might have to postpone the straw bale class for a bit longer. But you should still go. It’ll be cool!

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I am starting a new kind of architecture school. Unlike most architecture schools, you wouldn't have to submit GRE scores or good grades or letters of recommendation. You wouldn't have to put the rest of your life on hold for 3 to 5 years. You wouldn't have to accrue tens of thousands of dollars in debt. At my architecture school, anyone could come for a few weeks and learn how to build a house with their own two hands. My teachers would take skills and concepts from some of these other workshops I've listed above... except classes would be held year-round to make it easy to fit into your schedule. I would have a number of different campuses around the country that would teach building designs appropriate to the local climate. And I need your help. Can you donate land for a campus? Can you dotate books for a library? Can you teach a workshop? Can you provide start-up capital? Let me know.

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