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Re: GSBN:RE-nominated member from Spain

I second the nomination of Rikki Nitzkin for GSBN membership.  Thank you
Catherine for an excellent nomination.

I communicated with Rikki Nitzkin while researching the worldwide status of
SB codes, and then gave her a strawbale tour of the SF Bay area on her
recent visit to California.  Through both experiences I found her to be a
knowledgeable, committed, and energetic advocate of strawbale and natural
building.  Although she does not consider herself a design or construction
"professional", she designed and built (with some help) her own SB house in
Spain, has particular interest and ability with plasters, and is a tireless
advocate with her finger on the pulse of SB throughout Spain.  She has
authored numerous articles in Spanish periodicals, and is beginning to
establish connections with and provide help to people in other Spanish
speaking countries in South and Central America.  She would well represent a
region that is missing from GSBN.

It's hard for me to second Rikki's nomination without nominating Maren
Termens Steiner.  So . . . I nominate Maren Termens Steiner for membership
in the GSBN.  Maren is a Spanish architect in the Catalan region who,
through my SB codes research, proved extremely knowledgeable, experienced
and capable regarding SB in general and in particular in Spain.  She has
significant technical experience and ability.  Maren and Rikki each bring
something different to the table.  In Spain they have complementary roles
with strawbale, just as they do in the book they are writing together.  I
think that complement could extend nicely into the GSBN sphere.  Together
they are THE strawbale people in Spain.

Please know that I second and nominate these two within an overall measure
of restraint.  I don't think GSBN is served well by it becoming too big,
whatever that may mean (and yes, there might even be too many Californians
on the list), but I think Rikki and Maren would fill in a glaring gap in the
current GSBN membership.

Martin Hammer
California (but originally from New Jersey), USA

> Dear All --
> Many of you met Rikki Nitzkin at the 2004 ISBBC
> in Denmark.  For those that don't know her, she
> from the U.S., but living in Spain.  She is at
> the center of the Spanish strawbale
> network.  They have organized a Spanish language
> list-serve, and are now working on a strawbale book in Spanish.
> I notice that we have no representative from
> Spain -- so I'd like to nominate Rikki for
> membership in the GSBN.  She could be an
> invaluable member, translating and sharing with
> the Spanish-speaking strawbale network.
> Also, I am forwarding a request from her below:
> -Catherine Wanek
>> From: "Rikki  Nitzkin" rikkinitzkin@...
>> To: blackrange@...
>> Subject: Send Fotos
>> Date: Wed, 15 Mar 2006 17:12:07 +0100
>> Could you please re-send the following message
>> to the US strawbale listserve (I am not a member)?
>> Hello all,
>> I am currently finishing up a book in Spanish about Strawbale Building.
>> I am interested in including information on
>> ãexternal pinningä techniquesÐwhich are poorly
>> represented in most of the SB books.  If anyone
>> has good photos, articles, or advice I would
>> appreciate it if you would send me some!
>> Sincerely,
>> Rikki Nitzkin
>> Aul?s, Lleida (Spain)
>> Spanish Strawbale Network
>> <<a  target="_blank" href="mailto:rikkinitzkin@earthlink.net";>mailto:rikkinitzkin@...>rikkinitzkin@...(Personal)
>> <<a  target="_blank" href="mailto:casasdepaja@yahoo.es";>mailto:casasdepaja@...>casasdepaja@...(Network business)
>> (0034) 657 33 51 62
>> www.casasdepaja.com
>> "We Have the Right and Responsability to Create the World we Want to Live in"
>> My mailing address is:
>> Rikki Nitzkin
>> Aul?s
>> Aren 22583
>> Huesca
>> Spain

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