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“Primitive Technology” is the Best Thing on YouTube

What this guy makes with his bare hands is remarkable.

About a month ago, a new channel “Primitive Technology” popped up on YouTube. And it’s the best. As the creator notes, the videos on this channel are about “making primitive huts and tools from scratch using only natural materials in the wild.” The videos are without narration and the results are striking. It’s the kind of stuff that puts Bear Grylls to shame. Watch below as this guy, who I can only assume could woo away anybody’s girlfriend if he so desired, builds an impressive shelter. The videos are satisfyingly relaxing to watch and provide a glimpse into what the creative life may have been for our distant ancestors.

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The word "sustainability" in architecture is open to interpretation. In the United States, the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system is perhaps the most commonly used framework to measure a building's impact on the environment. While its implementation may make a structure greener, LEED has also been blamed for greenwashing—utilizing practices and products that claim to improve sustainability, when in fact those claims have not been proven and act merely as "green" vanity accessories.

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Open-Source Blueprints Explain How to Rebuild Civilization

Getting off the grid is an intimidating idea. Open Source Ecology intends to make it a bit more accessible.

Creating a commune from scratch is no joke: despite his crunchiest intentions, man cannot live on kale alone. If an intentional community wants to make bread, they'll need a combine to harvest grain. If they want wood beams for building homes, they'll need a sawmill. These technological requirements for even the simplest modern civilizations are the inspiration behind Open Source Ecology, an agricultural commune and machinist collaborative that goes beyond the mission of getting off the grid: It seeks to rebuild society from the ground up.

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