Vanport, Oregon – Historic (and racist) 1948 Deconstruction Advertisment 

This 1948 advertisement for deconstructing buildings for the materials, was found by a redditor at Multnomah Library in Portland, Oregon.

In less than a day, the nation’s largest housing project—and Oregon’s second largest city—was destroyed. 18,500 residents were displaced, and roughly 6,300 were black.

 

Sources: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/vanport-oregon-how-countrys-largest-housing-project-vanished-day-180954040/ fb4ncw119u491.jpg (1299×2439)

End-of-life plan urged for wind turbines – Australian Associated Press

Silverton Wind Farm turbines seen through cemetery tombstones

Australia has to come up with an end-of-life plan for used wind turbines, says a leading academic. Image by Mick Tsikas/AAP PHOTOS

“It is not realistic to expect a market-based recycling solution to emerge, so policymakers need to step in now and plan what we’re going to do with all these blades that will come offline in the next few years.”

Source: End-of-life plan urged for wind turbines – Australian Associated Press

Deconstructionist Opening – Lovett Deconstruction, Portland, Oregon

The Lovett Deconstructionist is the heart of the company. This role requires a self-starter, someone who is a hard-working, thoughtful, attentive, service-oriented person who can do everything from the rough, dirty work of demolition to the careful, surgical removal of material such as cabinetry, windows, and salvageable hardwood floors. The deconstructionist uses expert skill and collaboration with team members to protect, salvage, and disassemble all range of structures. Our deconstructionists are team players; they are friendly, safe, and conscientious, creating a work environment that is positive and productive. They work in all kinds of conditions, in all kinds of weather, and perform a brilliant level  of service regularly surprising clients.  At all times, they carry themselves with dignity and professionalism because they are the best at what they do.

Source: https://www.lovettdeconstruction.com/deconstructionist

‘Trash Has Value’: Black Woman Engineer Turns Plastic Into Bricks That Are Reportedly Stronger Than Concrete

Nzambi Matee, a 30-year-old who quit her job in oil and gas to work on her passion full-time, has created a lightweight and low-cost building material that is made of recycled plastic with sand to make bricks that are stronger than concrete material.

 

Source: ‘Trash Has Value’: Black Woman Engineer Turns Plastic Into Bricks That Are Reportedly Stronger Than Concrete

Investors force Home Depot to review wood-sourcing policy over logging concerns

Transport trucks and loggers gather around fallen trees in the Chocó. (Photo courtesy of Brian Rodgers)

Some of Home Depot’s plywood is allegedly sourced from vulnerable forests in Ecuador’s Chocó region and the Brazilian Cerrado, and conservationists and investors have pressured the home improvement giant to clean up its supply chain.

Source: Investors force Home Depot to review wood-sourcing policy over logging concerns

Big tourism boost for Mandurah as it welcomes Australian-first sculpture trail | Kalgoorlie Miner

Thomas Dambo’s troll sculptures have been exhibited all over the world. Pictured: his piece ‘The six forgotten giants - little Tilde’ based in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Thomas Dambo’s troll sculptures have been exhibited all over the world. Pictured: his piece ‘The six forgotten giants – little Tilde’ based in Copenhagen, Denmark. Credit: Lars W. Jensen

Based in Denmark, Dambo is the world’s most prominent ‘recycle artist,’ best known for giant troll sculptures all made from reclaimed materials.

Source: Big tourism boost for Mandurah as it welcomes Australian-first sculpture trail | Kalgoorlie Miner

My Forest Cabin Is Built on Stilts With Recycled Materials

Alter cabin from Shoe Lake

Lloyd Alter’s cabin in Shoe Lake, Ontario, Canada. Lloyd Alter

The doors were grabbed from an office renovation, probably installed in the ’80s and replaced in the ’90s. The dining room table is cut out of a bowling alley, on a base my dad made; it was in his cottage for years. My dad also made the sideboard—it’s made from the floors of shipping containers.

Source: My Forest Cabin Is Built on Stilts With Recycled Materials

Maybe awards should celebrate co-operation rather than competition

Not to mention: What steps were taken to source reclaimed materials? How was the water footprint of the materials reduced? What was done to ensure that the extraction and processing of the materials caused no ill health in communities local to their manufacture? How was renewable energy generation capacity increased either on or off site? How did the project reduce the energy consumption of the building’s users? How did the project reverse ecological harms?

Source: Maybe awards should celebrate co-operation rather than competition

Record number of dams removed from Europe’s rivers in 2021 | Rivers | The Guardian

A structure is removed on the Hučava River in Slovakia, June 2021.

Dam busters: a structure is removed on the Hučava River in Slovakia, June 2021. Photograph: Rob Kleinjans

“An increasing number of governments, NGOs, companies and communities are understanding the importance of halting and reversing nature loss, and buying into the fact that dam removal is a river-restoration tool that boosts biodiversity and enhances climate resilience. We’re also seeing lessons being learned from previous dam removals, new countries kickstarting removals, and new funds, including crowdfunding.”

Source: Record number of dams removed from Europe’s rivers in 2021 | Rivers | The Guardian

Glenmore landfill in Kelowna going greener with new initiatives – Lake Country Calendar

File photo/Black Press Media

File photo/Black Press Media

Initiatives include talks with the University of British Columbia Okanagan on research programs, and a building deconstruction pilot program. A city-owned property on KLO Road was deconstructed a few weeks ago in partnership with Unbuilders and Habitat for Humanity.

Source: Glenmore landfill in Kelowna going greener with new initiatives – Lake Country Calendar

A Suburban Virginia Spec House That’s a Mix of Ultra-Modern Features and Reclaimed Wood From the Property

The rear of the home has multi-level patios and sitting areas and a heated pool and spa. Eddie Avenue Photography

This unusual new spec house in the Virginia suburbs offers an old-fashioned mix of hardwood flooring milled from trees on the property and reclaimed materials from the former house on the site that’s been paired with ultra-modern features.

Source: A Suburban Virginia Spec House That’s a Mix of Ultra-Modern Features and Reclaimed Wood From the Property

Iconic St. Scholastica building in Fort Smith to be demolished – Talk Business & Politics

While the former monastery is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, that does not prohibit the building from being demolished. According to information on the National Register of Historic Places website. Owners’ rights do not change when the property is listed on the register.

Source: Iconic St. Scholastica building in Fort Smith to be demolished – Talk Business & Politics

BCIT introduces new deconstruction micro-credential – constructconnect.com

BCIT introduces new deconstruction micro-credential

“The first is there is a lack of education for beginning professionals and those who want to upgrade their skills and knowledge, and there are virtually no courses in North American building circularity,” said Martens. “This is the first micro-credential in building circularity in Canada – and, I believe, in North America.”

Source: BCIT introduces new deconstruction micro-credential – constructconnect.com

Computer system designs structures based on available reclaimed wood

Each piece of wood is marked with a unique QR code

Each piece of wood is marked with a unique QR codeDaniel Winkler/ETH Zurich

It’s a sad fact that even though our forests are disappearing at an alarming rate, new wooden structures are typically made of all-new wood. A special computer system could help change that, by facilitating the use of wood reclaimed from existing buildings.

Source: Computer system designs structures based on available reclaimed wood

Lawsuits Filed Against Massive Logging Project The Size Of 575 Football Fields In Los Padres National Forest, Home To The Critically Endangered California Condor – World Animal News

The project would allow unlimited mechanized cutting and removal of live and dead trees of any age up to 2 feet in diameter and an undisclosed number of trees up to 5 feet in diameter, as well as the destruction of chaparral across 755 acres.

Source: Lawsuits Filed Against Massive Logging Project The Size Of 575 Football Fields In Los Padres National Forest, Home To The Critically Endangered California Condor – World Animal News

Evanston Rebuilding Warehouse focuses on second chances for materials, staff Evanston Rebuilding Warehouse focuses on second chances for materials, staff

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Ava Mandoli/The Daily Northwestern. Sustainability is part of the Evanston Rebuilding Warehouse’s deconstruction practices, as well as its retail location’s construction. Some of the store’s walls have been reclaimed from other buildings and are reinforced with scrap material.

“We want to make sure we get those barriers removed, make sure that we get the supportive services in place,” Nicklin said. “So that they get into a job, and they’ve got their gas figured out. They’ve got their childcare figured out. They’ve got everything ready to go because they’ve practiced it.” The transitional employment program connects participants with local employers, which allows them to support themselves and their families. The program has a job placement rate of over 80%, Nicklin said.

Source: Evanston Rebuilding Warehouse focuses on second chances for materials, staff Evanston Rebuilding Warehouse focuses on second chances for materials, staff

Illegal loggers in Vietnam train as jungle tour guides | Reuters

Nguyen Ngoc Anh, 36, who was an illegal logger turned forest protector poses at Phong Nha National Park, Quang Binh province

Nguyen Ngoc Anh, 36, who was an illegal logger turned forest protector poses at Phong Nha National Park, Quang Binh province, Vietnam, April 8, 2022. REUTERS/Hoang Trung

Now, Ngoc Anh is one of 250 former loggers trained by an adventure tourism company to lead mostly foreign tourists through jungles and into some of the world’s largest cave systems in the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site.

Source: Illegal loggers in Vietnam train as jungle tour guides | Reuters

Appeals court reverses verdict that awarded $1 billion to Oregon timber counties – OPB

A log truck on the Trask River road, near TIllamook Oregon. Environmental groups say this road drains muddy runoff into the Trask river, in violation of the Clean Water Act.

In this file photo, a truck carries logs through the Tillamook State Forest. Amelia Templeton

The court determined that Oregon can manage more than 700,000 acres of donated forestland for a range of values like recreation, water quality and wildlife habitat — not just logging.

Source: Appeals court reverses verdict that awarded $1 billion to Oregon timber counties – OPB

Plastic-eating Enzyme Could Eliminate Billions of Tons of Landfill Waste – UT News

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“This work really demonstrates the power of bringing together different disciplines, from synthetic biology to chemical engineering to artificial intelligence,” said Andrew Ellington, professor in the Center for Systems and Synthetic Biology whose team led the development of the machine learning model.

Source: Plastic-eating Enzyme Could Eliminate Billions of Tons of Landfill Waste – UT News

Tiny homes: Mohawk women build domestic violence shelter | CTV News

A government program designed to train women in carpentry and other trades inspired five women from Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, located east of Toronto, Ont., to build tiny homes that will serve as shelters for those fleeing domestic violence. (CTV News)

“It just proves anybody can build. The trade is not gender-specific, my mom was a carpenter and she built our house,” Chief R. Donald Maracle told CTV National News.“It’s good to see women entering the trades.”

Source: Tiny homes: Mohawk women build domestic violence shelter | CTV News

Biden executive action aims to preserve old-growth trees : NPR

An old-growth redwood tree named “Father of the Forest” in Big Basin Redwoods State Park, California in August 2020. Some trees in the park have been standing for 2,000 years.
Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP

“It’s a very good start on the things that we’ve been asking for,” said Kirin Kennedy, director of people and nature policy at the Sierra Club, one of the members of that coalition. She said her group is not necessarily calling for a moratorium on logging old-growth trees, but for a science-based approach to managing them. “We want to protect old trees, but we also want to make sure communities are protected,” said Kennedy.

Source: Biden executive action aims to preserve old-growth trees : NPR

World’s tallest timber residential tower to be built – CNN Style

The 100-meter-tall construction will follow a system which replaces a concrete core with wood.

The 100-meter-tall construction will follow a system which replaces a concrete core with wood. Credit: Aesthetica Studio/Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects

The project joins other architectural ventures looking to prove that timber can be used as a sustainable alternative to concrete and steel when building high-rises.

Source: World’s tallest timber residential tower to be built – CNN Style

AJ Small Projects winner: How Akin Studio designed its treehouse on stilts

Akin Studio won the AJ Small Projects Award 2022 last week for its ‘treehouse’ in rural Herefordshire.

Have you learned anything in terms of materials on this project that you might use on other schemes? The clients are incredibly resourceful, and we learnt to embrace reclaimed materials, as well as the importance of reuse and considering the afterlife of building components. In the case of Drovers’ Bough, the exposed structural elements are all carefully bolted together allowing for future disassembly or replacement, and many parts of the project were made from surplus materials or reclaimed products.

Source: AJ Small Projects winner: How Akin Studio designed its treehouse on stilts

Net Zero Buildings Could Bring an Energy Savings Boom – Bloomberg

relates to It’s Time for a Net Zero Building Boom

The roof of ZGF’s new terminal for Portland International Airport will be constructed from locally sourced cross-laminated timber. Credit: Port of Portland

“Acting at scale is so eminently possible,” Lindsay Baker told me. She is the CEO of the International Living Futures Institute (IFLI), which runs the Living Building Challenge, an extraordinarily rigorous certification program that has pushed the building industry to achieve energy use reductions deemed all but impossible a few years ago.

Source: Net Zero Buildings Could Bring an Energy Savings Boom – Bloomberg

How 3D printing could turn an Eastern Oregon town into a high-tech housing hub – OPB

A structure printed with concrete and a 3D printer by manufacturer Alquist. Courtesy: Alquist

To mitigate the logistical challenges, the City of John Day applied for and won a grant from the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development. Now Walker and the City of John Day have $60,000 to develop plans for a practical 3D-printed home.

Source: How 3D printing could turn an Eastern Oregon town into a high-tech housing hub – OPB

1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge Is Secretly One of NYC’s Most Wellness-Focused Retreats

Photo credit: 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge

Photo credit: 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge

Hotel Brooklyn Bridge will have you booking a room for the views of the eponymous man-made wonder yet reveling in the amenities upon your arrival. Billed as a hotel of “sustainable luxury,” the five-star hotel was designed by location artists using reclaimed materials and native greenery, lending to the tranquility of the space.

Source: 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge Is Secretly One of NYC’s Most Wellness-Focused Retreats

Linda Boronkay designs Osborn House – a whimsical country retreat in Australia • Hotel Designs

Image credit: Osborn House / Alan Jenson

“Just like a certain song or fragrance can have an incredible emotional impact on us, we believe design has the same power to evoke positive memories and feelings,” said Boronkay. “The combination of reclaimed materials paired with rich and tactile fabrics, curated objects from around Europe and personal touches in the different spaces will make you feel like you are being embraced by an interesting individual.”

Source: Linda Boronkay designs Osborn House – a whimsical country retreat in Australia • Hotel Designs

I make my fetish gear from recycled tires to help save the planet

G Martin in the warehouse where she sources her materials

The eco-friendly fashion designer sources her materials from a nearby industrial estate to create her looks.
Jam Press/@broke_boutique

A London-based fashion designer is turning recycled rubber into 1970s punk rock-inspired accessories.East Londoner G Martin, 34, repurposed nearly 688 pounds of rubber that would be piling up in landfills by turning it into rockin’ recycled fashion pieces.

Source: I make my fetish gear from recycled tires to help save the planet

Microsoft selects AI start-ups to accelerate progress on environmental sustainability

Ten companies focused on reducing carbon emissions and waste, preserving water and protecting ecosystems have been selected to take part in Microsoft’s AI for Environmental Sustainability Accelerator programme.

Yes Make is helping design London’s public spaces with reclaimed materials from other developments

Source: Microsoft selects AI start-ups to accelerate progress on environmental sustainability

Main Street Arts Festival returns Thursday in Fort Worth | Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Artist Dolan Geiman of Denver readies his sculptures and collages = made from reclaimed materials – in preparation for a past Main St. Arts Festival. The festival returns April 7 downtown.

In February, festival officials announced that PNC Bank signed on as a long-term supporting member of the festival.

Source: Main Street Arts Festival returns Thursday in Fort Worth | Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Concrete Made From Old Tires Proves Tougher and More Sustainable – COOL HUNTING®

They monitored and compared the material’s performance, finding that the crumb rubber had higher impact-resistance, toughness, ductility, damping ratio and better thermal and acoustic insulation. “The results clearly show that crumb rubber cement is a viable and promising alternative to conventional concrete,” says author of the study Professor Yan Zhuge.

Source: Concrete Made From Old Tires Proves Tougher and More Sustainable – COOL HUNTING®

The controversial biofuel threatening British Columbia’s forests | Food and Environment Reporting Network

Ecologist Michelle Connolly standing among cedar trees in the inland temperate rainforest near Penny, BC. The inland rainforest gets much less attention from environmental groups than BC’s coastal rainforests, but it is an even rarer ecosystem.

In 2021, Connolly co-authored a peer-reviewed study that found that BC’s inland rainforest — which once totaled over 1.3 million hectares — was endangered, according to International Union for Conservation of Nature criteria, and could experience ecological collapse within a decade if current logging rates continue. The study found that 95 percent of its core habitat, forest located more than 100 meters from a road, had been lost since 1970. “We’re fighting over the last pieces,” Connolly says.

Source: The controversial biofuel threatening British Columbia’s forests | Food and Environment Reporting Network

Reclamation Administration: News and Research on Building Material Waste Prevention