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Cafe Scientifique

March 28 @ 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm

A strawbale house under construction.
Clay plaster on strawbale walls.

The Annapolis Cafe Scientifique (Science Cafe) @ 49 WestCoffeehouse, Winebar & Gallery, usually on the last Thursday of the month, January thru October, 6:00-7:15pm ET.
Cafe Scientifique is a place where, for the price of a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, anyone can come to explore the latest ideas in science and technology. Meetings take place in cafes, bars, restaurants and even theatres, but always outside a traditional academic context.

All are welcome, these events are free, and we are happy to add anyone to the email list. Please reserve your seats at 49 West by calling 410-626-9796 and asking them to add you to the list for the date of the Cafe Scientifique event you want to attend. If you are concerned about Covid, feel free to wear a mask, or attend via Zoom (see info below).
Please forward this to anyone who might be interested. For more information,

1. On Thursday, March 28, 6:00-7:15pm ET: “An Introduction to Natural Building:
Making Energy Efficient Homes with Rapidly Renewable Materials”, by Mr. Ian Boutin, Natural Building Designer

About the Talk: Through this presentation, Ian aims to introduce the myriad benefits of designing homes with sustainable materials, showcasing the harmony between ecological consciousness and architectural excellence.

About the Speaker: Mr. Ian J. Boutin is an architectural designer with a Master’s degree in Architecture from Norwich University, where he was first exposed to sustainable design practices. With a comprehensive background spanning all facets of the architectural profession, Ian’s focus extends beyond conventional construction methods to include natural building techniques. He has dedicated himself to advocating for sustainable building materials and methods, emphasizing the importance of integrating natural elements such as straw bales, hempcrete, rammed earth, adobe, and reclaimed wood into architectural designs. This innovative approach to natural building construction not only fosters environmentally responsible practices but also enhances the aesthetic and functional qualities of the built environment.
Zoom Info for Both Presentations: If you cannot attend in person, join us thru the Zoom Meeting, usually with Zoom Host Roz Kleffman, but in March Andy Loftus will be our Zoom host.

Meeting ID: 878 4840 6572
Passcode: 433794
Dial by your location +1 301 715 8592 US (Wash. DC)
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March 28
6:00 pm - 7:15 pm