Ansarada by Those Architects

“The Ansarada fit-out poses a legitimate response to this condition through its adaptive re-use of a century old wool store in Sydney’s historic rocks district, expressing its inherent beauty by juxtaposing a highly adaptable and sophisticated work environment for the companies most important asset, its people.”

via Ansarada by Those Architects.

Daylit Casa Estero Puente Built Using Wood Salvaged From Abandoned Villas in Chile | Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building

Projects like this show that there’s really no reason to waste anything in construction anymore! The eco-conscious Casa Estero Puente in Puerto Varas, Chile, was built using wood salvaged from abandoned villas in the area.

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via Daylit Casa Estero Puente Built Using Wood Salvaged From Abandoned Villas in Chile | Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building.

How to Reuse a Casino | Chloe Taft

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Revel had already filed for bankruptcy twice since opening in 2012. (Photo: Anjan Chatterjee, Flickr Commons).

Casino adaptive reuse may well become an architectural movement in the future. Revel joins three other Atlantic City casinos that have closed or are set to close this year. According to a recent report, more could follow.

via How to Reuse a Casino | Chloe Taft.

Importing garbage for energy is good business for Sweden on Vimeo

 

 

Everyone produces waste, and the Swedes are no different. It’s what they do with it that is unusual. Sweden recycles and sorts its waste so efficiently that less than 1 percent ends up in landfills. But perhaps even more interesting, and somewhat controversial, is that Sweden burns about as much household waste as it recycles, over 2 million tons, and converts this to energy. But even with this amount of domestic waste, the country’s 32 waste-to energy (WTE) incineration plants can handle even more. And when Sweden runs out of its own garbage, it offers a service to the rest of garbage-bloated Europe: importing excess waste from other countries.

Importing garbage for energy is good business for Sweden from Sweden on Vimeo.

Business Leader Michael Bug Deakin Launches Debut Book: Heritage Salvage – Reclaimed Stories at Hopmonk Tavern, Sebastopol – Press Release – Digital Journal

Deakin, long-time advocate of Mother Nature, community builder, and radio show host has published his first book. This inspiring book walks readers through anecdotal yarns and events of certain barns from the early days in British Columbia to Heritage Salvage’ s start in an Occidental, California carport. Readers follow the salvaging of hundred-year-old water tanks and repurposing ancient warehouses into beautiful restaurant remodels. Discover the joys and wonders of Salvaging Heritage while transforming old wood to style and elegance in restaurants, firehouses, breweries, wineries, taverns, tearooms and countless homes.

via Business Leader Michael Bug Deakin Launches Debut Book: Heritage Salvage – Reclaimed Stories at Hopmonk Tavern, Sebastopol – Press Release – Digital Journal.

OROR Pitchfest will be a live Kickstarter for Portland projects: OROR Fest 2014 | OregonLive.com

Portlanders, at least, will have a shot at making their pitches both in and out of Kickstarter at the OROR Festival’s Pitchfest on Tuesday, Sept. 9.

“We like to provide a platform for unusual personal research, things people have developed out of their own interest,” said festival co-founder Nim Wunnan.

That platform took shape last year at the inaugural OROR Festival, a non-competitive locally-focused companion to the XOXO Festival. The idea was essentially to craft a crowd sourced festival, one that lets Portlanders link their own individual ideas and concurrent events together.

via OROR Pitchfest will be a live Kickstarter for Portland projects: OROR Fest 2014 | OregonLive.com.

Mason Shaker: Homespun Cocktail Shaker by W&P Design | 2Modern Blog

2Modern covers great design. In this case we applaud the use of rustic wood as a backdrop too.

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Prum and Williams have created a sturdy and fine-looking cocktail shaker by repurposing the humble Mason Jar, the hardy glass container invented in 1858, and still a pantry staple in households where harvesting and preserving fresh foods is an ongoing tradition.

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via Mason Shaker: Homespun Cocktail Shaker by W&P Design | 2Modern Blog.

Amtrak station proposal aims to springboard local deconstruction industry | The Rock River Times

The problem so far is that Rockford does not have a deconstruction industry. There is no prevailing wage, making the bidding process difficult, if not impossible. Howard says that could all change with this project.

“A deconstruction industry centers on the systematic dismantling of obsolete structures with the philosophy of re-use, salvage and recycled material,” Howard said. “This will reduce, if not eliminate, landfill obstacles, address global warming, preserve raw materials, teach valuable skills and utilize untapped human talents.”

via Amtrak station proposal aims to springboard local deconstruction industry | The Rock River Times.

zenbox ADU Design/Build | zenbox design

A particularly stunning example of reclaimed wood in adaptive reuse by Zenbox Design.

Special thanks to Bryan Danger for bringing the love!

This Portland ADU Project began as a simple 2 car garage but translated into a modern industrial loft space of about 480sq ft. The owners plan to rent out the primary residence to cover the mortgage and live in the ADU full time (mortgage/rent free).

The primary design focus was working to eliminate the barrier between inside and outside and to make the most usable space out of a small footprint. A large accordion door system ensures that the front wall of the space can be completely opened up to the outdoors, removing any barrier between inside and outside. The space was laid out to take maximum use of limited space and built in cabinets allow for ample storage and complete flexibility.

via zenbox ADU Design/Build | zenbox design.

Just Repurposed: Furniture Offered a Second Life | CullmanSense

“What sets us apart is we are not a thrift store, nor are we an antique store. We are more like a page out of Pinterest. We take items with good bones and repurpose them. Sometimes we have to combine pieces to make a unique accent piece. Other times we feel the piece is in need of hand-painted art to set it apart and give it that great new life it deserves. We also paint and repurpose for others who have the piece they want to keep in the family, but do not have the vision we have. Or, they may just not have the ability or location to do the work on their own.”

via Just Repurposed: Furniture Offered a Second Life | CullmanSense.

Woodbury approves demolition of Victorian-era Green Hotel | NJ.com

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“History is and always has been important in this town. There are a lot of old buildings here,” he said after the vote. “To forget and let them go is a shame, and that’s what happened here. There’s been no investment.”

via Woodbury approves demolition of Victorian-era Green Hotel | NJ.com.

The Best Way to Help Detroit is by Tearing it Apart – Popular Mechanics

Some 240 million board feet of reclaimable wood sits like buried treasure in the city’s blighted homes. Reclaim Detroit

An estimated 240 million board feet of the old lumber still props up the 78,506 dilapidated and abandoned homes that a task force has marked for teardown. All of that wood, if it’s in good enough condition, can sell for the same price—around $2 per foot—as new oak, cherry, and maple. And with reclaimed wood having a moment, 240 million board feet can make a lot of countertops.

via The Best Way to Help Detroit is by Tearing it Apart – Popular Mechanics.

Upcycled stools by designer Curro Claret and Arrels Fundació for yök Casa + Cultura : TreeHugger

With a simple piece of metal, wood picked up from the street and a desire to create and transform, since 2010 a group of homeless people construct stools, lamps and other pieces of furniture. The project has won awards; however, until now, the most important recognition has been a collaboration with the company Camper to decorate one of its shops with the furniture.

via Upcycled stools by designer Curro Claret and Arrels Fundació for yök Casa + Cultura : TreeHugger.

Floating on Dry Land: 17 Derelict Houseboats Find New Home | Urbanist

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The complex is made up of an array of formerly-floating homes that are no longer seaworthy but can still be fixed up and find a second life on land. As PopUpCity reports, “The imaginatively retro-fitted houseboats that make up the creative quarter are all placed around a winding bamboo walkway and the surrounding landscape consists of plants that clean the soil.”

 

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via Floating on Dry Land: 17 Derelict Houseboats Find New Home | Urbanist.

Boston/SF News | Articles and Archives | PCA and Beacon Communities Complete Adaptive Reuse of National Historic Landmark

According to David Chilinski of Prellwitz Chilinski Associates, the solution required a new look at the property and its potential. “We saw the same obstacles to reusing these buildings that others encountered. The community wanted to see the architecture and the incredible history it represents preserved and blended back into the town fabric. So we looked for ways to open up and unlock all creative possibilities both inside the structures and on the grounds of the property.”

via Boston/SF News | Articles and Archives | PCA and Beacon Communities Complete Adaptive Reuse of National Historic Landmark.

With recycling, Re Store becomes Ballard Reuse | Pacific NW | The Seattle Times

Joel Blaschke, co-owner of Ballard Reuse, shows off a lounge chair made from salvaged fir and crafted by fellow Ballard Reuse staffer James Taylor. Blaschke is sitting atop a pile of salvaged fir.

Joel Blaschke, co-owner of Ballard Reuse, shows off a lounge chair made from salvaged fir and crafted by fellow Ballard Reuse staffer James Taylor. Blaschke is sitting atop a pile of salvaged fir.

With the new business license comes a new partnership; Ballard Reuse will be teaming up with Seattle ReCreative, a local nonprofit with a mission quite similar to Ballard Reuse, but with a focus: the arts. Fiscally sponsored by the Phinney Neighborhood Association, the group aims to have art classes and workshops for both children and adults, as well as exhibition space.

via With recycling, Re Store becomes Ballard Reuse | Pacific NW | The Seattle Times.

Salvage operation at Domino Sugar factory tops $10M as developers look to rescue industrial artifacts – NY Daily News

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“The demolition contractors wanted to kill me because I kept finding things I wanted to keep,” said Lisa Switkin, a landscape architect with James Corner Field Operations. The firm has been tapped by developer Two Trees Management Company to design the park.

The salvage operation is now more important than ever, as Two Trees prepares to raze the majority of the factory buildings. And the salvation efforts may help assuage the anger of some neighborhood residents, who have long opposed the redevelopment of the site on the grounds of historical significance.

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via Salvage operation at Domino Sugar factory tops $10M as developers look to rescue industrial artifacts – NY Daily News.

Thermal Bridging Guide Provides Energy Efficiency Solutions – Green Building Elements

Building Envelope Thermal Analysis Guide

The Building Envelope Thermal Analysis (BETA) Guide outlines how to effectively account for thermal bridging and is backed up by an extensive catalogue of thermal performance data.  This information is essential for practitioners evaluating building envelope thermal performance.

Researchers and regulators will be interested in the sections focused on market transformation, which includes an evaluation of cost effectiveness and energy savings in common large building types.

via Green Building Elements | From brick and mortar shops to city planning, we cover sustainable trends in construction, renovation, and more..

Hearts and Sparks Productions | Here It Is (The small house Portlandia video)

 

Friends drop by to see another one of those small houses. Originally made with great affection for a Portlandia film festival, the video has continued to have a life of it’s own online, striking a cord with the growing tiny house community.  It has been featured in blogs all across the country including The Atlantic Cities (mistakenly attributed to the Portlandia tv show), The Mother Nature Network (where it’s compared/contrasted with an actual Portlandia sketch) and Curbed (where it’s described as “making the Portlandia writers wonder why they didn’t get to it first.”)  .

via Hearts and Sparks Productions | Here It Is (The small house Portlandia video).

ReuseConex 2014 | October 23-25, 2014 | Austin, Texas, USA

While it’s true that the “3Rs” have become a catalyzing movement of our times, the “reuse” part of this waste management trilogy is often overlooked. Thanks to ReuseConex, the International Reuse Conference & Expo, this is about to change!

If you work with a local reuse organization, if you shop at thrift stores or online resellers, if you buy or sell reusables, if you’re interested in green-collar jobs, and if you’re concerned about climate change – then join us for ReuseConex!

The theme for ReuseConex 2014 is Innovate. Transform. Sustain. — and we hope you’ll join us while we explore new methods and replicable models to make reuse work for your community. At ReuseConex you will find out more about the “triple bottom line” benefits of reuse, learn from and share best practices, and network with leaders in the reuse industry. Join us!

via ReuseConex – International Reuse Conference & Expo.

‘In’ with the old, in with the new: adaptive reuse at Gantry by Bates Smart | Architecture And Design

Comprising four new 5-6 storey apartment buildings and extensive landscaping over 18,500sqm, Gantry integrates new residential buildings within refurbished historic elements such as the 1920’s Motor Car Works and Fowler Pottery warehouse facades, and the gable ends of the historic High Bay Building.

via ‘In’ with the old, in with the new: adaptive reuse at Gantry by Bates Smart | Architecture And Design.

New Project Uses Drones to Cut Construction Waste & Increase Reuse & Recycling in Wales – Waste Management World

New Project to Cut Construction Waste & Increase Reuse & Recycling in Wales

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CEW said that it is implementing the latest technology to carry out the project, including photography drones (pictured) and design modelling.

A drone from Cardiff-based Heli-Eye is being used at various points throughout the project to easily and quickly capture aerial images, whilst Arup and Gillard Associates will be using BIM modelling to look at how design changes might affect reductions in waste.

via New Project Uses Drones to Cut Construction Waste & Increase Reuse & Recycling in Wales – Waste Management World.

Choosing Deconstruction Over Demolition | Iowa Public Radio

Siobhan Spain’s brother installing reused barn wood in her kitchen.

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Spain’s family deconstructed their barn instead of demolishing it. When you demolish a building, it gets torn down as quickly as possible without regard to what happens to the discarded materials. When you deconstruct a building, you take it apart piece by piece and try to resell or reuse everything you can.

via Choosing Deconstruction Over Demolition | Iowa Public Radio.

Southwest Airlines upcycles 80,000 leather seats into bags, shoes and balls | Guardian Sustainable Business | theguardian.com

Southwest is partnering with Kenyan social enterprise Alive and Kicking to make footballs from seat covers, but are projects like this viable? Photograph: Southwest Airlines

So Southwest joined the international upcycling trend. Partnering with upcycler Looptworks in Portland, Oregon, the airline will turn a portion of its leather seats into tote bags, duffle bags and backpacks that the airline will buy back to to use as gifts at events.

“The water conserved by making goods using old leather rather than virgin leather is enormous,” says Looptworks co-founder Scott Hamlin. “For each bag, 4,000 gallons of water is saved. In addition, there’s a CO2 reduction of up to 82%.”

via Southwest Airlines upcycles 80,000 leather seats into bags, shoes and balls | Guardian Sustainable Business | theguardian.com.

BMRA DeconExpo

DECON ’15 IS THE BUILDING MATERIALS REUSE ASSOCIATION’S CONFERENCE ON DECONSTRUCTION, BUILDING MATERIALS REUSE, AND C&D RECYCLING.

Join us for a lively, informative conference on the latest in deconstruction technology and materials-reuse applications and help choose hands-on learning excursions, top speakers, networking events, business growth strategies, and more!

via BMRA DeconExpo.

16 Fantastic Examples of Adaptive Reuse in Restaurant Design – Eating Pretty – Curbed National

Curbed.com had a great list of adaptive reuse examples. Check it out!

Starbucks design director Liz Muller worked with local artists to create a concept store inside a historic bank vault in Amsterdam. Via Dezeen.

The restaurant at Chile’s eco-tourism resort Espejo De Luna was built inside a seafaring vessel washed ashore.

16 Fantastic Examples of Adaptive Reuse in Restaurant Design – Eating Pretty – Curbed National.

Harvesting barns: Randy Smith salvages, repurposes wood | Zanesville Times Recorder | zanesvilletimesrecorder.com

Randy Smith and his two-man work from the hay-loft to carefully dissemble an 1910 era barn in a northwest corner of Marion County on Friday, June 20, 2014. The white poplar exterior planks will be shipped to a client in North Carolina who is re-constructing a turn-of-the-century farm site. James Miller/The Marion Star

Randy Smith and his two-man work from the hay-loft to carefully dissemble an 1910 era barn in a northwest corner of Marion County on Friday, June 20, 2014. The white poplar exterior planks will be shipped to a client in North Carolina who is re-constructing a turn-of-the-century farm site.

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via Harvesting barns: Randy Smith salvages, repurposes wood | Zanesville Times Recorder | zanesvilletimesrecorder.com.

Portland must do more to preserve old houses: Guest opinion | OregonLive.com

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A group of neighborhood residents recently saved Northwest Portland’s Goldsmith House from demolition. ( James Reddick/The Oregonian)

According to The Architectural Heritage Center, an estimated 389 demolitions took place in 2013 in neighborhoods across the city; it’s rumored that a demo per work day is happening in 2014. They have some ideas as places to start responding to the demolition epidemic:

(1) Require advance notice to surrounding property owners and residents. Right now, notice is only required by the city when more than one new house is proposed. There’s no notice/delay when a demo application and the replacement house permit are filed the same day. The city should require notice, and time for response, across the board.

(2) Change the definition of “demolition” in the city’s development code – a big problem is that any demolition that leaves any portion of a house still standing (such as a partial foundation wall) is called an “alteration” or “remodel,” not a demolition (which are seriously under-counted, as a result.) More typically, many other jurisdictions use “at least 50% of a structure remains standing” as the primary criterion for an alteration/remodel. If that’s reasonable enough for other cities and counties, it should be acceptable for Portland.

(3) Houses that are obviously historic (but unprotected) are those that have long been listed on the city’s 1983 Historic Resources Inventory, but many houses have reached the age of 50-plus since then. We propose a mandatory 120 day delay for houses on the HRI or at least 50-plus years old. These are likely the ones that need time for investigating alternatives to demolition.

(4) Require that existing front and side yard setbacks be maintained for the new house(s). One major concern is that after a demolition, a new house is not only usually bigger, but it covers much more of the lot, often changing the streetscape substantially. If the front- and side-yard setbacks stay the same for the new house, the streetscape remains more like its traditional neighbors.

via Portland must do more to preserve old houses: Guest opinion | OregonLive.com.

Breaking down deconstruction: What Detroit gained from dismantling instead of destroying | Community Progress Blog | Center for Community Progress

Detroit has a rich history and that can be seen in the housing materials we are trying to save. Bricks and wood particularly are incredibly valuable in these homes and it would be awful to see them end up in landfills.

Site selection is key to the success of deconstruction. It is important to select areas in neighborhoods where community members will remain engaged and will keep an eye on properties. This will reduce vandalism and burned materials, which can make this process challenging.

via Breaking down deconstruction: What Detroit gained from dismantling instead of destroying | Community Progress Blog | Center for Community Progress.

Jury finds Recology cheated in waste diversion bonus program | SF Politics

The primary way this occurred, according to attorney David Anton, involved misclassifying demolition and construction waste. Under state law, ground up raw construction material that is labeled as “fines” can legally be used to cover up the top of a landfill – in order to prevent pests, fires, and odors, for example. When construction waste is ground up and used this way, it counts as “alternative daily cover” – like a layer of frosting on a giant cake of garbage – and strangely enough, the state allows waste disposal companies to count that frosting as “diverted waste” even though it’s actually part of the landfill.

The lawsuit claimed that Recology tried to count a great many tons of its construction and demolition waste as “fines” when in reality it should have been labeled just plain garbage, because the tons of stuff that they were shipping to the Solano County landfill wasn’t being processed to a fine enough grade to comply with state requirements for what constitutes “fines.”

via Jury finds Recology cheated in waste diversion bonus program | SF Politics.

Recycling becomes upcycling as Derbyshire charity turns old furniture into new chic items | Derby Telegraph

Anneliese Bates with a bar created from an old piano.

Encore Reuse operates from Henmore Trading Estate, in Mayfield Road, and recycles old furniture, stopping it from going to landfill or from being dumped.

Good-quality furniture and household goods, which are donated, are sold in the warehouse.

But the charity makes itself sustainable by running an upcycling shop, located within the premises, called Vintage Green.

via Recycling becomes upcycling as Derbyshire charity turns old furniture into new chic items | Derby Telegraph.

Kevin Rose Infuriates Portland Over Plans to Demolish Historic Home

Kevin Rose Infuriates Portland Over Plans to Demolish Historic Home

Rose’s plan is so controversial that over 800 Portlanders have signed a petition begging him to stop, lamenting over the loss of a historic structure.

The house was one of the first homes in Willamette Heights, built in 1892. There are pictures of the house from the 1890s, perched alone in grandeur on the recently logged hillside rising from Balch Creek. The years since then have seen multiple owners, and the house has been the site of many neighborhood gatherings, including annual Easter egg hunts — the sort of hunts and gatherings at which neighbors meet while their children play, and lifelong relationships are formed all around.

The house has been well-loved and cared for. To be sure, it’s over 100 years old, like many of the homes in Willamette Heights. For many of us, that has meant upgrading wiring or plumbing, or even replacing foundations. We understand that you may be now facing those sorts of costs, and we can assure you that they’re worth it. There’s no greater value than in preserving the character of the neighborhood.

via Kevin Rose Infuriates Portland Over Plans to Demolish Historic Home.