[GSBN] A nomination

Jakub Wihan kuba at jakubwihan.com
Sat Sep 26 04:31:09 CDT 2009

I met Andy during my stay in Massachusetts 2 and 1/2 year ago several  
times. I really enjoyed his own strawbale house and admired his  
commitment to natural building and his professional approach. I  
believe that his substantial experience of building with strawbales in  
humid climate of American North East is going to be a great asset to  
discussions on this list.

Thank you, Mark



On 25 Sep 2009, at 16:30, Mark Piepkorn wrote:

>   I'd like to nominate Andy Mueller. A few of you have met him. He  
> was Paul Lackinski's hand-picked successor at GreenSpace  
> Collaborative, and has been rather quietly doing top-notch  
> professional natural building for several years in the American  
> Northeast. Now he's got something different in mind.
> Andy wrote:
> "Over the past few years I have become increasingly irritated by the  
> fact that most of the work GreenSpace is involved with is primarily  
> for the privileged (my own personal opinion). I would like to shift  
> my focus to working with community in developing countries building  
> community. I think with my past experiences as a planner, landscape  
> architect, natural builder, and designer that perhaps I would be of  
> better service to those who need my skills more. I have done some  
> research and found a few organizations that I could volunteer with  
> for a short time, but prefer a somewhat different approach wherein I  
> recon, apply for grants to cover travel and living, develop  
> relations, plan, build, and build some more. Schools are something  
> that also interest me."
>   I've been lucky  to get to know a lot of people in natural  
> building, but Andy's one of the very few I'd consider a prime asset  
> in virtually any situation. He has a rare combination of track  
> record, knowledge, heart, smarts, work ethic, openness, maturity (in  
> the best sense), and humility.
>   He has a lot to contribute to the commons.
>   His contact info:
> Andy Mueller
> GreenSpace Collaborative
> Charlemont, MA, USA
> www.greenspacecollaborative.com
> info at greenspacecollaborative.com
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