Beamspun 11: 28th June 2020

Local sunrise / publish time: 0349 UTC (+3m)

Hello world. Can you believe we've made it to this side of the apex? The long nights and frost are drawing in and .. well, not quite yet. But summer solstice always reminds me a little of where I was 6 months ago, and a lot more about where I'll be in another 6 months. This week the thunder was loud and even the ants are flying.

“If we never experience the chill of a dark winter, it is very unlikely that we will ever cherish the warmth of a bright summer’s day." - Anthon St. Maarten

I've been falling into a permaculture rabbit hole recently, on the back of reading Looby Macnamara's book mentioned last week. So this week's links might have more of a garden and farming feel than usual.



A radar chart showing personal dependencies based on how local or global they are.

(I like the way each aspect of a mound bears particular flavours and qualities - yin and yang refer to the shady and sunny side of a mountain in the same way.)

  • gardening: The keyhole garden is a raised, easy-to access bed which also allows you to easily 'drop in' compost, and was designed in Lesotho to help people suffering from AIDS to garden. This is another good page on keyhole gardens, including lots of examples:

A girl in Rwanda sits in front of crops growing in a keyhole garden.

  • architecture: Layered gardens, education centres, marketplace, office, and a drone docking point. Oh, and it's movable? The Mashambas Skyscraper could be incredible: "It can be built in one place, stay there for a matter of months or years ... and then be rebuilt in a new location. After the structure is moved, a base layer remains, which can serve as a marketplace for villagers."

Artist's design of the inside of the Mashambas Skyscraper, with a fruit and veg market on the floor, and spiralled layers rising up above.

  • architecture: The Wikkelhouse is a modular-design house made out of cardboard, rolled on to a template and then popped into place wherever you want. Nice.

  • solstice: And I didnt' really put much solstice into last week's links. To make up for it, here's some info on Litha, the summer solstice as a festival. The Sun is on the move again and the days are getting shorted again, but there's still time to celebrate "by setting large wheels on fire and then rolling them down a hill into a body of water."

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