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Issue III | October 2015

Architect Susan Jones designed the 1,480 square foot home in Seattle's Madison Park out of cross-laminated timber.
Photo by Atelier Jones

Our third issue is titled Breaking Trail. It’s our spotlight on five people and projects we think are breaking trail to sustain our region. One such idea is an up-and-coming wood product called cross-laminated timber, which makes use of smaller diameter logs and low-quality wood. The first permitted CLT structure to be built in Seattle was a 1,500 square-foot home in Seattle’s Madison Park by Susan Jones of architecture firm atelierjones. This is a photo of the interior of her house as it was being constructed.

Forterra publishes Ampersand so people will stay invested in the future of this place. In this issue, we spotlight one of the Pacific Northwest’s most defining characteristics: our innovation. In the stories ahead, you’ll meet a handful of out-of-the-box thinkers and doers steeped in a desire to sustain this region.They’re working with dogs in some of our most remote areas to help collect more information about endangered species. They’re in Tukwila helping some of the newest arrivals to our state establish their feet on the ground. They’re also innovating a new type of wheat, a new kind of wood product and even a new approach to burial.

Our photo essay also explores this thread of boldly breaking trail with a massive public art project sited along the Columbia River basin. It’s a work in progress—as is this magazine. If you’ve been with us since our debut, Thank you. If you’re reading us for the first time, Welcome. We invite your support—whether through membership, a story idea, a comment about something you’ve read or the act of sharing this issue with a friend.