[GSBN] Istraw in the the Istore

Alex Cicelsky (Kibbutz Lotan) alex at klotan.co.il
Sun Nov 27 16:31:35 CST 2011


Re: "Fixing the Middle East may take us a wee bit longer than this." - Graeme North

Dear Straw (bale or not) friends,
We'd like share this gift to you - the Eco Guide App - in appreciation of all your work and in an attempt to spread the good word about natural building and changing lifestyles. A talented and minded intern of ours Eli Gregory has combined our work and Permaculture/Sustainable Communities curriculum into an Apple App http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/eco-guide/id478672397?ls=1&mt=8 .  Our intention with the App is to open  doors.  And supply some good news from the Middle East.

In community,
Alex

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From: GSBN-bounces at sustainablesources.com [mailto:GSBN-bounces at sustainablesources.com] On Behalf Of Graeme North
Sent: Friday, November 25, 2011 01:09
To: Global Straw Building Network
Subject: Re: [GSBN] Nomination of Paula Baker-Laporte

I also agree to a change in the name to what it is already - brilliant!   Fixing the Middle East may take us a wee bit longer than this.

But maybe we could think about having  a mission statement in the background such as ;

GSBN : "Promoting the art, craft, and science of natural building"




Graeme
Graeme North Architects
49 Matthew Road
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Warkworth
tel/fax +64 (0)9 4259305

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On 25/11/2011, at 5:28 AM, Timok33 wrote:


Points to David for noticing the humor in my proposal. I too don't wish to change the name just continue to extend the scope to people that use less straw in their integrated and thorough approach to solving the challenges of building with our ever increasing knowledge.

Tim

Please excuse brevity and typos as I use my mobile device


On Nov 23, 2011, at 10:51 AM, "David Arkin, AIA" <david at arkintilt.com<mailto:david at arkintilt.com>> wrote:
Hi Tim:

I like the humor ... a proposal to change our name to the name it already has!  I second the motion, and agree there is much to be learned through discussion of the broader use of straw as a building resource.  And also approve of Paula's joining the GSBN.

And, to top that, I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving (Americans and non-Americans alike); definition via Wikipedia below.

So much to be thankful for,

David Arkin

Thanksgiving Day is a holiday celebrated primarily in the United States<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thanksgiving_(United_States)> and Canada<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thanksgiving_(Canada)>. Thanksgiving is celebrated each year on the second Monday of October in Canada<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canada> and on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States>. In Canada, Thanksgiving falls on the same day as Columbus Day<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Columbus_Day> in the United States. Because of the longstanding traditions of the holiday, the celebration often extends to the weekend that falls closest to the day it is celebrated.

Thanksgiving in North America<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_America> had originated from a mix of European<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Europe> and Native<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indigenous_peoples_of_the_Americas> traditions.[1]<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thanksgiving#cite_note-Ann-0> Typically in Europe, festivals were held before and after the harvest cycles to give thanks for a good harvest, and to rejoice together after much hard work with the rest of the community.[1]<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thanksgiving#cite_note-Ann-0> At the time, Native Americans had also celebrated the end of a harvest season.[1]<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thanksgiving#cite_note-Ann-0> When Europeans first arrived to the Americas, they brought with them their own harvest festival<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harvest_festival> traditions from Europe, celebrating their safe voyage, peace and good harvest.[1]<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thanksgiving#cite_note-Ann-0> Though the origins of the holiday in both Canada<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canada> and the United States<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States> are similar, Americans do not typically celebrate the contributions made in Newfoundland<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newfoundland_(island)>, while Canadians do not celebrate the contributions made in Plymouth<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plymouth,_Massachusetts>,Massachusetts<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Massachusetts>.[2]<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thanksgiving#cite_note-1>


On Nov 23, 2011, at 10:25 AM, Tim Owen-Kennedy wrote:


I'd Love to have Paula as part of this group.

It brings up another question I've been wanting to pose which I think is pertinent to the down turn in participation and energy at CASBA and presumably around the world in Straw Bale specifically. I haven't done an only Straw Bale building for a while and don't consider myself a straw bale builder. Straw is the most common insulation I use in the Natural and green buildings I design and build. More and More I think of my buildings as more or less insulative, massive, and or structural substrates for plaster. I know some don't plaster their bales but as cavalier as I am I still don't think that is worth the savings even if you want wood cladding. The most interesting and valuable discussions on this list for me are often the ones that are barely connected to straw bale. And I would hate to loose this community of collaboration or keep people from posing their green or natural building quandaries to this esteemed group if they don't have anything to do with straw bale.

SO, I would propose we change our name to the Global Straw Building Network (to minimize the shift) and open our ranks to the world of excellent Natural Builders that are trying to look deeply and globally at the scalability of local building systems and keeping them evolving with Building Science.

So if this Idea isn't too offensive, there's a few like Michael Smith, Art Ludwig, and John Fordice and others.

I might be contradicting my desire for fewer and more efficient communications for this group but consolidating straw building techniques has become an itch I can't keep from scratching.

Happiness, health, and humor to you all,

Tim


On Fri, Nov 11, 2011 at 10:46 PM, <strawnet at aol.com<mailto:strawnet at aol.com>> wrote:
I second the nomination. Thanks Martin.

David Eisenberg



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Subject: [GSBN] Nomination of Paula Baker-Laporte
All,

I nominate Paula Baker-Laporte to the GSBN.  As I said in my previous e-mail Paula is an architect and leading practitioner (along with her husband and builder Robert Laporte) of "light clay" construction in the US.  You can see Paula and Robert's beautiful work at www.econesthomes.com<http://www.econesthomes.com/>, and in their book EcoNest.  Having a leading authority on this method of construction would be a great addition to the GSBN.

Martin Hammer

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