Facsimile edition of the 1972 publication, Outlaw Building News. 3
During the 1971-72 academic year, then professor Sim Van der Ryn and colleague Jim Campe held a studio course for UC Berkeley undergraduate architecture students on Van der Ryn’s West Marin property adjoining the Point Reyes National Seashore. The course, “Making a Place in the Country—The Outlaw Builder’s Studio” was an experimental seminar comprising on-site construction experience where students collaborated in building their own shelters and community buildings, living communally on the property for the course’s duration.
Using wood salvaged from demolished chicken coops in nearby Petaluma and materials found on site, the 30 students constructed a temporary, back to the land, D.I.Y. village, complete with a communal kitchen, outhouse, and central community building, the Ark. The seminar included on-site workshops and demonstrations by local artists and craftsmen including designer Gordon Ashby, sculptor J.B. Blunk, builder and author Lloyd Kahn, and the artist Gordon Onslow-Ford. At the course’s conclusion, the students compiled their findings in The Outlaw Building News: Making a Place in the Country, Spring ’72, an underground publication that quickly became popular among the Bay Area’s counterculture community.