Wednesday, September 12, 2007

CreativeSage Barn

CreativeSage, I want you to know that I've documented our discussion. Having a chat with my architect colleague about the similarities of ideas we have been having for the past ten years. We did some prototyping but the time is now ready. Reasons are multiple:
  1. Broadband in rural areas
  2. Social Media evolution
  3. Lots of people are use to work with home based businesses
  4. Real estate prices in urban areas are high
  5. Possibility to bioenergy use for heat and electricity (co-generation) in rural areas
  6. Price of oil
  7. Global warming
  8. Need to find sustainable lifestyles
  9. We use 15 000 kW of energy per day (sustainable 1 000 kW) - Berkley study
  10. Wood is a natural building material (Finland centric thinking); stone goes as well and combination of wood and stone leads to beautiful architecture (eg. Rural buildings in France, Germany, Switzerland, UK, etc.)
Helge V. Keitel digitalvillages @CreativeSage, Take a look at blog, I doument it here

Cathryn Hrudicka CreativeSage @digitalvillages: It will be interesting to hear more--please let me know as your project progresses. I love to travel! Must sign out now.

Helge V. Keitel digitalvillages @CreativeSage, Sounds like the sustainable idea is the same. Work and living in a village where you can walk or bike to your work studio.

Cathryn Hrudicka CreativeSage @digitalvillages: I definitely want a sustainable green environment. I've heard about progressive policies for artists in Finland, too.:-)

Helge V. Keitel digitalvillages @CreativeSage, We looking into green and clean energy. Digital Villages has studied distance work in rural areas for ten years.Finland & EU

Helge V. Keitel digitalvillages @CreativeSage, Cool, I work with something similar. We've a team with architects and regional planners.Let's make a cross-Atlantic project.

Cathryn Hrudicka CreativeSage @digitalvillages: I've had ideas to do rural retreats, and urban ones, plus retreats in other countries, too. I'd also love a country home.

Cathryn Hrudicka CreativeSage Planning to meet w/Mendocino Land Trust Dr. on Friday and maybe other orgs to do some consulting & other projects.

Cathryn Hrudicka CreativeSage Planning to tweet up with @rabbitroodle on Saturday, in Albion, a lovely little town about 20 min. south of Mendocino, on the ocean. Fun!:-)

Cathryn Hrudicka CreativeSage What seems possible is to use some already existing spaces up here in No. Calif. to do retreats. I'm exploring different options

Helge V. Keitel digitalvillages Need to learn an new English word: A barn is an agricultural building used for storage and as a covered workplace. Indicates a rural area.

Helge V. Keitel digitalvillages @CreativeSage, Is explore future Creative Sage retreat a Real estate project. We've new ideas about Rural real estate in Finland.Curious!

Tim Siedell badbanana @CreativeSage: Exciting! I can't wait to hear more.

Cathryn Hrudicka CreativeSage Continuing "idea soaks" in forest tub each a.m., meditating on what's possible and different opportunities present in my current challenges.

Tim Siedell badbanana @CreativeSage: I like the sound of that.

Cathryn Hrudicka CreativeSage Contacting realtors to explore future Creative Sage retreat center and my studio-in-a-barn. Retreats for execs, artists, difference-makers.

Cathryn Hrudicka CreativeSage Listening to John Gilmore live, solo jazz piano at Headlands Cafe, really itching to play my own music again next week. Cathryn Hrudicka CreativeSage Contacting realtors to explore future Creative Sage retreat center and my studio-in-a-barn. Retreats for execs, artists, difference-makers. Sculptor Richard Yaski ( built his own unique home on a beautiful property south of Mendocino. Discussed possible projects.:)

Helge: We've been speaking about same kind of projects and trends in Finland.

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Helge: I'm also exploring new retreat possibilities in southeastern Finland. The rural area promises new possibiliteis


Barn - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: "A barn is an agricultural building used for storage and as a covered workplace. It may sometimes be used to house animals or to store farming vehicles and equipment.

Barns are most commonly found on a farm or former farm. Older barns were usually built from lumber sawn from timber on the farm, although stone barns were sometimes built in New England, U.S.A., and other areas where stone was a cheaper building material. Modern barns are more typically steel buildings.

Prior to the 1900s, most barns were timber framed (also known as post and beam) forming very strong structures to withstand storms and heavy loads of animal feed.

From about 1900 to 1940, many large dairy barns were built in northern USA. These commonly have gambrel, or hip roofs to maximize the size of the hayloft above the dairy roof, and have become associated in the popular image of a dairy farm.

The barns that were common to the wheatbelt held large numbers of pulling horses such as Clydesdales or Percherons. These large wooden barns, especially when filled with hay, could make spectacular fires that were usually total losses for the farmers.

With the advent of balers it became possible to store hay and straw outdoors in stacks surrounded by a plowed fireguard. Many barns in the northern United States are painted red with a white trim."
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