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Re: GSBN:Euro help for Russian project

Dear Catherine.

I got your question about possible assistance to the Russian SB project in
And, I see that you got the best possible answer from Kuba.
I am also engaged in a SB project in Russia, and I am going with a group of
20 people from
Norway to help building. This is in the St.Petersburg district ( near Ladoga
lake), and therefor
not excactly in the neighbourhood of Altai.

I can not offer any direct aid to the Altai project - at this time, but it
would be interesting to
keep in contact and perhaps we can arrange some co-operation in a later
In connection to this project we will establish "BRO" ( translated;
"BRIDGE"), witch will be
somehow similar to "Buiders without borders". We hope to continue our
engagement in
There is some pictures from our projects in Russia and Latvia at my
web-site; www.gaiaarkitekter.no/tjome

Best regards

Gaia Tjome
Siv.ark. Rolf Jacbsen.
Odekjore, 3145 Tjome
T; +47 33391900
E:  rolf@...

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Sent: Tuesday, May 03, 2005 7:54 AM
Subject: GSBN:Euro help for Russian project

(Sent for Catherine Wanek.  If you get a bounce message when you try to
send to the list, feel free to let me know or send it to me to forward on.
We've been having a little trouble with mail routing. -- BC)

Dear European colleagues --

Builders Without Borders is consulting with a group of Russian
eco-warriors about building a straw-bale visitor's center in a fairly
pristine and spectacularly beautiful area of southern Siberia known as the
Altai region.  We actually got to meet face-to-face with the wonderful
team, when they visited the U.S. in 2003, for a natural building
colloquium and a tour of some strawbale buildings.  They got their hands
in the mud and stacked some bales for the first time and were hooked.
(You know the feeling.)  Also, they got to meet Matts & Judy, David E, and
many more knowledgeable strawbalers who helped with advice.

This year they have things lined up to actually build.  There are two U.S.
translators and a couple U.S. strawbale builders (engineer Jeff Ruppert
and Paul Koppana) who have committed to going over in July to help with
the construction, though funding is not completely assured. We plan to
create a workshop around this opportunity, and help to pay some of the BWB
expenses from this.

However, the Russians still have many questions, and some preliminary
strawbale work has given them doubts and second thoughts.  (I am not
actually clear about what went wrong.)  Also they are very unsure about
using earth plaster now.

To try to help them long-distance through translators is difficult, so I
thought perhaps there might be one or two European strawbalers who would
be willing to visit Russia in person sometime this month to help figure
out what the problems are and give them advice and confidence.   BWB has
very limited funds, but we could reimburse partial expenses.   Of course,
if someone got involved at this, the design stage, they would be most
welcome to return for the building process... and hopefully be paid a
small stipend plus expenses.

I don't have all the on-the-ground details, but I just heard that one of
the U.S. translators is going to travel to Russia in the next week to meet
with them.  This may be the best timing to go, but perhaps impossible to
get a trip (visa?) together with such short notice. Still, anytime in the
next few weeks would probably work.
 Is there anyone from the GSBN who can help, or can you recommend someone
that could help?
Best Regards,
Catherine Wanek
Administrative Coordinator
Builders Without Borders

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