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Hi Paul.

Thank you very much. My pleasure.
I sincerely look forward to see you soon.
- In my own edition of Life's Good Stories I have this scene taking place at The Howlin' Wolf. A veranda and a rocking chair.

I agree with you very much.
I will think a lot about it.
It is a whole new task to try to get in good contact with this group.

I look forward to read "news" from Mongolia. Maybe even a few words about how the indoor CLAY-plaster on the Tugrug clinic has performed, and whether that has inspired UNDP to implement clayplasters on the insides of their buildings (for all the good reasons we know of) ?

Kind regards
Lars Keller


Paul Lacinski paul@... wrote:
> Hello Lars!
> First off, thank you for and congratulations on your work so
> far on 
> the 04 event.  I sorely regretted missing the Australia
> conference, 
> and I hope not to make that mistake again.
> 2 points-
> 1- You included no dates, which leads me to assume you
> haven't 
> decided yet.  Is there a particlar month that you are
> leaning toward?
> 2- I have been thinking for some time about the link between
> the 
> natural building movement and the preservation movement. 
> Whenever I 
> attend a preservation training on some technique (lime
> plaster, let's 
> say) I always find that these people, with their well
> developed sense 
> of both history and materials, feel a strong affinity for
> what we are 
> doing.  It is philosophically similar to how people built
> before 
> "better living through chemistry"- we are attempting to make
> high 
> quality buildings from relatively elemental materials.  By
> looking at 
> old buildings I have received a valuable education in design
> and 
> construction details that have been tested by time, and by
> taking 
> occasional preservation courses I have learned how to use
> some 
> materials well.  (You aren't going to find classes on lime
> plaster at 
> Home Despot, eh?)
> Preservationists also have things to learn from us- the
> massive 
> amount of experimentation going on in the natural building
> world is 
> in part a reaching back- to rediscover lost materials and
> techniques. 
> And preservationists are notoriously foolish when it comes
> to issues 
> like insulation, etc- historically accurate doors that don't
> come 
> close to sealing,  or thinking that if a cavity wall were
> not 
> insulated at the outset, it shouldn't be now.  I see this as
> a mild 
> insult to the intelligence of the original bulders- they'd
> have used 
> an appropriate insulation if they had thought of it, or had
> the right 
> materials at hand.
> But this is just quasi-technical stuff.  What I'm really
> interested 
> in is that preservation, over the last 30 years in much of
> the 
> developed world, has been an enormously successful movement.
>  (Not so 
> in the developing world- I can't tell you how painful it is
> to see 
> 400 year old brick or stone buildings (and the exquisitely
> human 
> spaces between them) being demolished en masse in Beijing,
> to make 
> way for the glass anywhere that will announce to the world,
> via the 
> 2008 Olympics, that China is now a modern country.)  The
> success of 
> preservation in the West is partly because people enjoy a
> physical 
> connection to their history, and partly because many of the
> buildings 
> conserved have been grand.  But I am sure that it is also
> because, 
> after a generation or two, people realized that chemistry
> might be 
> useful for more practical living, but that "better" is much
> harder to 
> define.  And old buildings (and here we can add new, natural
> buildings) have a feel and beauty and timelessness and life
> to them 
> that you don't find in the developer's model home.
> OK, sorry about the position paper.  The point is that you
> must have 
> alot of great old buildings, large and small, wood, masonry,
> and 
> otherwise, within a reasonable distance of this conference
> site. 
> (Those seaweed roofs come to mind!)  I think a tour of
> historical 
> buildings would be splendid, as would some conference
> sessions 
> describing in detail how they were designed and built.  In
> my 
> idealized world you would find a preservation group who was
> willing 
> to organize that part of things, and that would be useful
> for future 
> working relationships.  Leading, of course, to new natural
> buildings 
> which become, in the slow, sweet flow of time, candidates
> for 
> historical preservation.
> Thanks again, and also in advance, for all your work on
> this!
> Paul
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> Paul Lacinski
> GreenSpace Collaborative
> Sidehill Farm
> PO Box 107
> 463 Mail Street
> Ashfield, MA 01330 USA
> 01-413-628-3800
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Lars Keller
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