The Last Straw is a magazine founded in 1992 focused on natural building and alternative design

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BEYOND THE BALE: A Deep Dive Into The Growing World of Prefabricated Straw Building

Featured Articles

Building with and Plastering the Future of Straw Construction

J Henderson | Lore, No. 75, Online Articles, Plaster, Prefabricated Panels, Winter 2024 | No Comments
A Zen Buddhist temple under construction in Albany NY using straw panels A Builder's Perspective   Over the years of my career in natural building and contract plastering, I have seen, plastered, and framed up many different types of homes, wall systems, and straw bale assemblies in Australia and the…

A Look Inside The Community Rebuilds Model

Kenny Fallon Jr. | Community, Lore, No. 74, Spring 2023, Straw, Straw Bale Construction, Technical | No Comments
An in-depth look at the structures that have made Community Rebuilds such a successful design/build education program.

Mainstreaming the Values of the Natural Building Movement

Massey Burke | Lore, Spring 2023, Straw | No Comments
As the world comes to understand that bio-based building materials are the most effective way to reduce carbon emissions in the built environment, Massey Burke argues that going mainstream doesn't have to mean selling out.