Ye, Build a Hemp House.
I saw the artist formally known as Kanye West for the first time in 2006. it was the same year Melbourne hosted the commonwealth games, and i went with my sister. this was the first concert i can remeber that my sister and i were allowed to go alone, without a parental chaperone. we arrived at festival hall and found our seats in the bleachers overlooking the mosh pit, we were too young for the pit.
the atmosphere was thick, people talking and moving, heaving and flowing, it felt like a communal meeting of sea creaters in a secluded casum in the ocean floor. the world out side didnt exsist.
then kanye came out on stage, i remeber his intiail reaction to the crowd, he was shocked at how many people turned up, he was humbled..... Kanye went on to play all the bangers, pretty much the entier college drop out album. and it was incredible, the seas creaters were hypnotiesed.
since then i have been to many other concerts and fetivals, seeing kanye again at The Big Day Out festival in 2011. during that time Kanye has evolved several times, long gone are the days of playing small festival halls and being a college drop out.
2022, Kanye West leagally changes his name to Ye and bends his moral compass in such a way to subvert his selfconcived concept of left leaning steriotypes of African Americans. and mayeb this is his intention. to offer the altirnative to the rule and ride the outer limate of free speach.
i watched the podcast with Lex, Ye spoke a lot about building sustainable and affordable homes. i know right what a take away. (i belive many people will be able to cover the more complex and controversal subjects of this convosation in a much more nueanced, inteligent and consis way) But i want to talk about Hempcrete.
from what i can gather from the coversation with Lex, Ye is extrempley passinate about sustainable habitats that are athstetically becautiful and are easy to use. its Hemp.
used for thousands of years as food, fuel, housing, textiles, paper and soooo much more, hemp is the most versitile plant on the planet. with an average grow time of 8 - 12 weeks, hemp consumes 5 times the amout of CO2 compared to the equivilent m2 area of trees. how do you build a home from hash i hear you ask?
the stem of the hemp plant can reach as tall as 4m, this stem is stripped and chipped, the mulch thats created is called Hemp Hurd and consistes of fiber and celilous, the pourus foam core of a hemp plant that reacts with water and lime to calcify into a concrete like material. while the hempcrete material is not load bearing and requires a tradinial stud wall for structural support, hempcrete can be formed into almost any shape with the use of formwork, only limted by your own creativity. as well as building in situe the industry of prefab hemp blocks and panels are in a boom.
around 8 year ago i was purchased a small block of land in rural Victoria, my intention was to build a house with my own hands and live rent free for the rest of my life, ha, but i had little savings and absolutley zero knolege of the technical aspects of building a home.
it took me several years and many different techniques and matrials, cob, mud brick, urthship, timber beam, ramed earth and everything inbetween and after many differnt quotes and designs i found hempcrete. this changed everything, a material that meets and exceeds all of the requirements i had for the material i wanted to build a house out of.
im not going to list all the amazing qualities of this plant but trust me when i say, it can do it all. it blows my mind that no major construction company has gone all in on hemp, i honestley think that the revolution will not be telivised but f*ck me is someone going to build a hempier on the back of the stoners shrub of choice.
so Ye, if you truley want to make change and help the less fornate live in healthy natural housing, make it from 3 ingredients, water + lime + hemp and build a real Revolution.
as snoop would say "if you dont know, you wont know"