Charlie Hales Has a New Plan to Curb Demolitions | City | Portland Mercury

On February 17, Mayor Charlie Hales will introduce a proposal to city council that would provide some of those disincentives. The resolution, if passed, would direct the Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) to develop code requiring full deconstruction of all single-family homes and duplexes that were either built prior to 1916, or that are designated as historic resources. “I’m interested in doing a number of things to slow the rate of demolition of these great old buildings,” Hales says. “The ordinance requiring deconstruction itself isn’t a ‘Eureka!’ solution, but it’s one of three or four solutions that we hope will create a different picture in the future.”

Source: Charlie Hales Has a New Plan to Curb Demolitions | City | Portland Mercury

The Circle | NEWS FROM A NATIVE AMERICAN PERSPECTIVE – Deconstruction for Mother Earth

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Native American workers for Miigwech Aki Deconstruction (Co.), based at Bemidji, recently completed deconstructing a commercial building in downtown Minneapolis and a large Twin Cities suburban home. They have also started deconstructing two abandoned properties in the Chippewa National Forest in northern Minnesota.

Source: The Circle | NEWS FROM A NATIVE AMERICAN PERSPECTIVE – Deconstruction for Mother Earth

Research looks at blight fight, recycling building materials – MiningJournal.net | News, Sports, Jobs, Marquette Information | The Mining Journal

The test site will be the western Michigan city of Muskegon, which researchers say has more than 3,000 abandoned residential and commercial properties. They want to look at whether traditional demolition is the best bet or if materials should be reused and repurposed.

Source: Research looks at blight fight, recycling building materials – MiningJournal.net | News, Sports, Jobs, Marquette Information | The Mining Journal

Gregory Kloehn Builds Tiny Homes for Homeless

To date, Kloehn has built 35 miniature homes for the homeless in Oakland and San Francisco. All construction materials (except for the wheels and a few other odds and ends), are sourced from garbage. He also runs workshops and give lectures, teaching other artists and handypeople the tricks of the trade. Following his lead, other builders have made homes for their neighbors in Los Angeles, Tucson, Arizona, and even abroad.

Source: Gregory Kloehn Builds Tiny Homes for Homeless

Bob Falk, Building Material Reuse Pioneer – Shares his Home Remodel Progress

Bob Falk is a veteran building material reuse and deconstruction expert. One could say he wrote the book on how to salvage building materials.  Unbuilding: Salvaging the Architectural treasures of unwanted Houses was released in 2007 as the first book taking you through the process of deconstructing a building. The topic was so new that the publishers had a hard time finding a category for it. To this day you can find Unbuilding in construction, green building, woodworking, waste diversion and other various places.

Bob has a PhD in engineering and works at the USDA Forest Products Laboratory in Madison, Wisconsin as a Research Engineer. Bob has published extensively on the recycling and reuse of wood materials.

Bob shares his house remodel progress below.

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“My daughter Abby helping me lay radiant tubing in my new woodshop. Blue foam insulation is salvaged.

 

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Reclaimed steel framework for garage…from an old coal plant. I designed and welded up all the components.

 

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Front of new addition before stucco. All trim boards are reclaimed DF bleacher seats.
All insulation on the inside are industrial seconds from a insulation manufacturer. Garage doors are salvaged and rebuilt.
 Stonework is salvaged from a garage I tore down. Light fixture is salvaged from a teardown. Gutters and downspouts are now copper.

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 Here’s the house today. Still not finished on inside. The right side was built in 1927. I have replaced all the windows, exterior woodwork, and stucco. Everything to the left of the main gable is new.  The tall lighting fixture on the right side of the driveway was an original street lighting fixture installed in our Village in the 1920’s. I was able to find two from a house teardown. I bought from the new property owner and rewired/repurposed for driveway lights.
You can’t see it in the pictures but I salvaged from a teardown two clay chimney pots that now reside on top of my chimney.  Also, I bought 800 sf of red oak flooring from HFH Restore that will be using in the house to match the existing, just can’t match with new flooring.” 

 

“Everything is Possible: Stories of De-Constructable Buildings, Recycled Wood and Companies that can Thrive Doing So” at Decon ’16, Feb 29-March 4, 2016 in Raleigh, NC | Press Releases | ourmidland.com

"Everything is Possible: Stories of De-Constructable Buildings, Recycled Wood and Companies that can Thrive Doing So" at Decon '16, Feb 29-March 4, 2016 in Raleigh, NC

The Building Materials Reuse Association (BMRA) is excited to announce that Jonathan Orpin of the Timber Framers Guild will be featured as the keynote speaker for the Decon ’16 conference on February 29th, 2016 in Raleigh, North Carolina. Decon ’16 is the premier national conference for professionals in the building material deconstruction and reuse industries, and this forward-looking address will seed the future of a world without waste.

Source: “Everything is Possible: Stories of De-Constructable Buildings, Recycled Wood and Companies that can Thrive Doing So” at Decon ’16, Feb 29-March 4, 2016 in Raleigh, NC | Press Releases | ourmidland.com

Picking Indiana: Couple’s salvage barn increasingly popular

Customers lined up at the door for the 10 a.m. opening. Customers pored over antique items at a once a month sale at the Small Town Salvage store in Bargersville Sunday January 17, 2016. Rob Goebel/Daily Journal

Small Town Salvage is a monthly pop-up event outside of Bargersville, bringing hundreds of people to scour their displays and bins looking for the perfect accent for their homes. Their popularity has stemmed from the increasingly trendy concept of up-cycling the old into something new. “We have to go out and physically hunt for this stuff. We’re looking for the barns, driving around the country, cold-picking,” Obergfell Gindling said.

Source: Picking Indiana: Couple’s salvage barn increasingly popular

How To Build A Tiny Home On A Tiny Budget – Earth911.com

As best you can, try to find salvaged or scrap materials. You can especially save a lot by finding second-hand finished components like cabinets, flooring materials or appliances. Find your local Habitat for Humanity Restore, a nonprofit home improvement store and donation center that sells new and gently used furniture, appliances and all kinds of building materials at an affordable price. Buy reused building materials at a fraction of the cost on Planet Reuse, an online marketplace for reclaimed materials.

Source: How To Build A Tiny Home On A Tiny Budget – Earth911.com

Unsung Salvage Design Co. to open in Hamilton this spring | www.journal-news.com

Dondi Carder (from left), Justin Carder, Jason Carder and Scott Hubbard, owners of Unsung Salvage Design Company, partially furnished a model apartment at Artspace Hamilton Lofts. They are opening up Unsung Salvage Design’s retail space at 212B Main Street in April or early May. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

 

“We like to take pieces from a client that maybe were discarded … and repurpose them into something else,” he said, offering as an example a crib used by three generations of a Hamilton family and repurposed by the business as a bench to be used at the foot of the client’s grandmother’s bed.

Source: Unsung Salvage Design Co. to open in Hamilton this spring | www.journal-news.com

Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive finally reunited in gorgeous new digs – San Jose Mercury News

Chinese artist Qiu Zhijie works on the Art Wall which will be part of the inaugural exhibition "Architecture of Life" at the new Berkeley Art

Chinese artist Qiu Zhijie works on the Art Wall which will be part of the inaugural exhibition “Architecture of Life” at the new Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive on Center Street in Berkeley, Calif., on Friday, Jan. 22, 2016. BAMPFA will be open on January 31. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group) ( RAY CHAVEZ )

The new BAMPFA design incorporates parts of the old 1939 UC Berkeley printing plant, retaining much of its art déco feel and sawtooth roof line, then adding modern spaces — still with plenty of striking angles, some highlighted in chili-red or slate-gray colors, but designed with function in mind.

City officials are also pleased with the repurposing of the old factory and the reclamation of several pine trees cut from the property — used by local master woodworker Paul Discoe to build shelving and seating in the new building.

“It’s really state-of-the-art reuse, turning a really useless decrepit building into a stellar work of art itself,” said Councilman Kriss Worthington. “(BAMPFA) is going to be a vital, powerful, significant element here, and when people see what a phenomenal success this is going to be, I expect to see even more arts groups are going to be part of this synergy.”

Source: Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive finally reunited in gorgeous new digs – San Jose Mercury News

Unconsumption Says Goodbye! – Farewell to a Reuse Pioneer

Rob Walker recently ceased his tumbler Unconsumption. Unconsumption was an amazing resource for reuse inspiration. Rob cataloged hundreds of artists and designs. Check out the archives. Thank you Rob, we will miss you!

I dreamed up the word “unconsumption” back in 2007, for a New York Times Magazine column, and later pursued and refined the idea in various ways, most notably in this group Tumblr – which grew way beyond what I imagined was possible. It’s been an amazing run, and an honor to work with a series of fantastic and inspiring collaborators along the way.

West End Salvage to Host Multiple NBC Programming During Caucuses | whotv.com

“We’re planning on staying open, I don’t think it’s fair to just shut our store down,” he said. “And they were sensitive to that, as well. The shows will be airing – both ‘Meet the Press’ and ‘NBC Nightly News’ then the ‘Today Show’ and ‘Nightly News’ – all of those will be airing while we’re closed. So we wouldn’t be open when they’re actually filming them. But during the day, there’s just going to be a lot of chaos here. And I think it’ll be fun for people to have a chance to come down here and see how things work on a broader scale.”

Source: West End Salvage to Host Multiple NBC Programming During Caucuses | whotv.com

Old Town Bluffton buildings incorporating reclaimed materials | The Island Packet

a barn deconstructed by Tom Banach of Hardeeville. On average, about 50 to 60 percent of a structure's materials can be used in a new home.

A barn deconstructed by Tom Banach of Hardeeville. On average, about 50 to 60 percent of a structure’s materials can be used in a new home. Submitted photos by Tom Banach

“We’re taking the material from the grassroots of a barn, and we’re re-utilizing every portion of that barn,” Banach said. His company, TimberStone Antique Building Products, has seen an uptick in business as more people seek materials with a story in new construction.

Source: Old Town Bluffton buildings incorporating reclaimed materials | The Island Packet

Green Deconstruction on the Rise in NOAZ | KNAU Arizona Public Radio

Salvaging old and left over building material is essential to green deconstruction. CREDIT JUSTIN REGAN

“It just doesn’t seem necessary to have new material, these work just as well as something new. I guess it just helps eliminate waste,” says Farber. Coconino County officials say green deconstruction has been on the rise the last several years, even though it’s tough and expensive to do. It’s a burgeoning faction of the nearly three billion dollar a year green building industry.

Source: Green Deconstruction on the Rise in NOAZ | KNAU Arizona Public Radio

Renovated Garage is the Ultimate Modern Party Space | Dwell

Glass-fronted converted garage in Washington

On Vashon Island, about 20 miles southwest of Seattle, architect Seth Grizzle designed a 440-square-foot multiuse structure for his clients Bill and Ruth True.

To pay homage to the original building, Graypants salvaged some of the old walls for the flooring, sections of which can be lifted to reveal embedded mattresses for sleeping or daytime lounging. This hide-and-reveal theme plays out elsewhere: a custom Corian bookshelf converts into a speakeasy-style bar for entertaining. In the back, the firm left an L-shaped section of the original garage walls in place; it shields an outdoor shower on one side and functions as an entry hallway on the other.

Reading nook facing glass wall facade in converted garage

The Trues host parties in the glass-walled structure, located steps from their vacation home, or they escape to it to catch some rays and read a book. Bill reclines on cushions hidden under the reclaimed-fir floorboards that are propped up with Sugatsune hinges.

Source: Renovated Garage is the Ultimate Modern Party Space | Dwell

USA Salvage™ Selects FOTIOU as Exclusive Moulding Distributor to North Americas Retail Picture Frame Shops – EconoTimes

Specializing in reclaiming wood from old barns, and other vintage structures, USA Salvage™ creates and provides length moulding, chop service and ready-made picture frames, along with other upcycled home décor items. Launched in in early 2015, the company has grown rapidly within the framing industry. Built on environmentally-sustainable practices and a textured story of American history, USA Salvage™ strives to bring a wide array of beautiful, upcycled mouldings to distinguished frame shops throughout the US and Canada.

Source: USA Salvage™ Selects FOTIOU as Exclusive Moulding Distributor to North Americas Retail Picture Frame Shops – EconoTimes

Recycle, Reuse, CREATE: Recology Residency Program Art Opening Friday | SF Station – San Francisco’s City Guide

Alison Pebworth unveils a cabinet of wonder in "A San Francisco Wunderkammer"

Recology’s AIR program has been operating for over 15 years. Started by Jo Hanson, a former artist and educator, it’s hosted over 100 artists since then who have been given 24-hour access to its equipment and studio spaces – all with the hope that it would inspire others to become better at recycling.

Source: Recycle, Reuse, CREATE: Recology Residency Program Art Opening Friday | SF Station – San Francisco’s City Guide

Astrology, asymmetry and other top trends at The Interior Design Show – The Globe and Mail

The latest salvage wood designs – particularly by Canadian exhibitors – amplify rugged wood finishes by juxtaposing them with materials such as glass and metal. Local studio Fuel Glassworks’ Floe end tables, for example, feature a blackened wood beam with a polished-glass top, while Honing Design’s Hagensborg Bench is made of reclaimed red cedar accented with stainless steel. The company 1925 Workbench, meanwhile, is showing reclaimed barn-board sliding doors with hardware made by hand in the designer’s studio.

Source: Astrology, asymmetry and other top trends at The Interior Design Show – The Globe and Mail

Cradle to cradle | Building Products

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One is that we must establish controlled and precise processes for the sorting of waste to avoid contaminating materials and rendering them unsalvageable. The study also highlights that we need to make deconstruction audits for buildings over 1,000 square metres mandatory, not just best practice. These should be produced prior to a building’s deconstruction, providing a detailed inventory of its materials to aid their recovery and re-use at the end of the building’s lifecycle.

Source: Cradle to cradle | Building Products

Sponsor Post: Railroadware Wire Coil Toroid Pendant Collection – RailroadWare

 

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Source: Wire Coil Toroid Pendant Collection – RailroadWare

Historic mistake for Silver Spring stone house | Mechanicsburg | cumberlink.com

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The Historic Bell Tavern Building Michael Bupp – The Sentinal

“Whether intentional or by error in 1995, the Bell Tavern was not listed as an historic, protected building on the Township’s Cultural Features Map and Historic Buildings List referred to in our zoning ordinance. Based on that, the Township had to lift the stop-work order. Despite the lifting of the order, the developer has continued to suspend demolition, affording us the opportunity to engage in discussions about the preservation of the building.”

Source: Historic mistake for Silver Spring stone house | Mechanicsburg | cumberlink.com

Repurposed Adelaide warehouse and monolithic Brisbane apartments make 2015 WAN shortlist | Architecture And Design

Woods Bagot and Tridente’s collaborative effort in repurposing an Adelaide car manufacturing warehouse in into a vibrant mixed use precinct has earned them a place on the six-strong shortlist for the program’s Adaptive Reuse category.  The Main Assembly Building and Pods (MAB) at Tonsley Park, Adelaide was commended by the jury who said they loved the way the architects repurposed the existing structure of the old Mitsubishi manufacturing building, saving 90,000 tons of carbon without compromising on functionality. “It’s taken a dinosaur of hugely embodied energy and turned it into a contemporary series of places of quality and functional relevance,” said one jury member.   “It’s beautiful, I love the way they’ve retained most of the structure,” said another.

Source: Repurposed Adelaide warehouse and monolithic Brisbane apartments make 2015 WAN shortlist | Architecture And Design

The return of ‘raw’ materials in home design – FT.com

Dining room by Lionel Jadot, lioneljadot.com

Dining room by Lionel Jadot, lioneljadot.com

Domestic interiors are becoming rougher around the edges, too. London architectural salvage and interior design group Retrouvius works on interiors projects with budgets ranging from £150,000 to £2m. “People are looking for a raw and more organic style,” says Retrouvius co-founder and designer Maria Speake. “It’s a trend among affluent, well-travelled, cosmopolitan clients. It’s not about rustic — it’s more sophisticated than that — but there’s a craving for simplicity and a sense of the handmade.”

Source: The return of ‘raw’ materials in home design – FT.com

Creaky, leaky old bungalow gets cost-saving, energy efficient overhaul (before and after photos) | OregonLive.com

Usable parts of the aging house were repurposed. Bricks from the chimney are now part of the patio in the front of the house. All of the posts and beams in the basement were re-milled and reinstalled as exposed posts and beams in the first floor and above the stairway to support the roof​. The worn oak floors were milled down and re-​used in the second-floor ​sloped​ceilings​ and as a decorative screen for the loft space​. And all of the original fir studs and ​she​ath​ing ​boards​ were ​​milled down and reinstalled as wood mosaic accent walls.​ Even the linear light fixtures were designed by Ray Culi using existing wood from both the flooring and framing.

Source: Creaky, leaky old bungalow gets cost-saving, energy efficient overhaul (before and after photos) | OregonLive.com

Salvaged Rogerson Building Items to Help Communities Thrive | Southern Idaho Local News | magicvalley.com

Items Salvaged From the Rogerson Building

When Oxarango-Ingram, director of the Southern Idaho Rural Development, heard that the Rogerson building in downtown Twin Falls was set to be demolished, she saw an opportunity to save another historic building — the 1914 Rogerson School building — and many others like it in southern Idaho. Oxarango-Ingram works in 17 rural communities and wants not only to save old buildings, but also to help business and entrepreneurship thrive by occupying them. But in order for this to happen, towns need to assess the kinds of properties that would attract people.

Source: Salvaged Rogerson Building Items to Help Communities Thrive | Southern Idaho Local News | magicvalley.com

Maarten Gielen of Belgium’s Rotor Deconstruction Collective to Deliver Keynote Address at the Decon ’16 Conference

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Chicago, IL – January 13th, 2016 – The Building Materials Reuse Association (BMRA) is excited to announce that Maarten Gielen of Belgium’s innovative Rotor Deconstruction will be featured as the keynote speaker for the Decon ’16 conference on March 1st 2016 in Raleigh, North Carolina.

 

Decon ’16 is the premier national conference for professionals in the building material deconstruction and reuse industries, and this international address will ensure that the reused material economy can grow in concert worldwide. This lecture is made possible through the support of Archeworks, a Chicago-based multidisciplinary design school with a social agenda.

Maarten Gielen is designer, manager, and researcher of the Brussels-based collective Rotor, comprised of people sharing a common interest in material flows in industry and construction – at the 2nd Holcim Roundtable held in Einsiedeln, Switzerland (2015).

Founded in 2005, Rotor is a group of architects, designers and other professionals interested in material flows in industry and construction, particularly in relation to resources, waste, use and reuse. Rotor disseminates creative strategies for salvage and waste reduction through workshops, publications, and exhibitions. They represented Belgium at the 12th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennial in 2010. Maarten Gielen is a founding member of the collective Rotor where he currently works as designer, manager and researcher.

Decon Expo is the biennial conference of the Building Materials Reuse Association. An international gathering of deconstruction and reuse practitioners, it is the premier event for the reused building materials marketplace. This year, the conference is located in Raleigh, North Carolina, home to one of the largest Habitat for Humanity Restore deconstruction teams as well as the North Carolina State College of Natural Resources.

The conference will feature speakers and attendees from around the world to exchange best practices, share case studies, and inspire greater diversions of construction and demolition waste towards productive markets.

In the words of one attendee “If I only get to come to one conference, it’s Decon. The quality of sessions and the passion of the participants is unbeatable.”

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Go Ice Climbing this Winter – on an Iowa Grain Silo – DNR News Releases

Only in Iowa - try climbing a farm silo covered in ice! from Iowa Outdoors magazine

For more information on the Cedar Falls ice silo, visit www.siloiceclimbing.com.

Up to 50 people a weekend now show up at a barnyard in rural Cedar Falls to climb some of the most difficult ice you’ll find anywhere. Unlike frozen waterfalls and icy cliffs that generally have some slope, the silo goes straight up. Every inch of the climb is vertical, testing climber’s technique, gear, strength, stamina, and nerve. “The first time I climbed a silo, I remembered it as being really tough,” Briggs recalls. “I’d climbed natural ice before, and I got on this and I went ‘Wow!’ If you can climb a silo, you can climb almost anywhere.”

Source: Go Ice Climbing this Winter – on an Iowa Grain Silo – DNR News Releases

Nonprofit would divert waste stream to artists, locals | Triad City Beat

Repurposing unwanted materials into art isn’t a new concept for Paige Cox; she’s been doing since her childhood


The organization will rely on excess from industrial businesses in the area rather than personal donations. Think fabric swatches, leftovers from furniture making, select medical supplies, manufacturing test pieces, or fake flowers bought for one-time use at High Point’s furniture market, Cox said. Items that companies often pay someone to take away, or that raise the city’s cost of transporting its solid waste, would find a new home at Reconsidered Goods.

Source: Nonprofit would divert waste stream to artists, locals | Triad City Beat

BMRA News, January 2016 – Decon ’16 Update

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DECON ’16 Update

Time is drawing closer to the DECON ’16 conference and expo in Raleigh, North Carolina, February 29 – March 3.  If you have not yet registered, make your plans and get started here.  There will be speakers providing the latest research and hottest topics in building deconstruction, salvage and building materials reuse.  This is an opportunity to network with others in this field that only comes every couple of years, so we urge you to take advantage of it.  Register now!

The conference program is coming together, accepted speakers are being posted on a rolling basis.

An exciting class is planned for the days just after the main conference.  Added Value: A Hands-on Guide to Setting up your Reclaimed Wood Shop.  The BMRA has partnered with the Department of Forest Biomaterials at North Carolina State University to develop the ideal course to get your reclaimed woodshop up and running. This 1.5 day course will run on Thursday March 2nd (9-5) and Friday March 3rd (9-3), with plenty of time on Friday evening to catch your flight home.

Full details available here.

via BMRA News, January 2016.

Can We Fix American Cities by Tearing Them Down? – Bloomberg Business

Governor Hogan and Mayor Rawlings-Blake Partner to Address Blight in Baltimore City.The 1000 block of North Stricker Street in west Baltimore’s Sandton-Winchester neighborhood, is slated for the demolition. Photographer: Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Demolishing an abandoned building may be less complicated than figuring out what to do with the land it stood on. Detroit has sold land to neighboring home owners for $100 a lot, and it has experimented with a program to use vacant lots to prevent storm water from flooding the sewage system. In Baltimore, Hogan’s plan includes $600 million in redevelopment funding that may one day lead to new, affordable apartments and supermarkets. Initially, most lots will probably be converted into parks.

via Can We Fix American Cities by Tearing Them Down? – Bloomberg Business.

Booth 121 features variety of upcycled projects – The Herald-Independent: The Herald-Independent

Choices, choices, choices

Robertson shared that the store has been doing well so far, and that word seems to be getting out. Because Booth 121 features the work of many different artists, the inventory is always changing.

Robertson is, however, still looking for more artists to share their projects in her store. She explained that she works with artists on a commission-based split and tries to keep consignment rates reasonable.

For Robertson, opening her own business has required hard work and long hours, but she said it’s all worth it.

“It’s what you do when your job is your passion” she said.

Lots from which to choose

Leah Robertson, who has enjoyed creating upcycled treasures for several years, opened a retail store called Booth 121 in November. The store, which is located at 6203 Monona Drive, features Robertson’s work, as well as projects created by a number of other artists.

via Booth 121 features variety of upcycled projects – The Herald-Independent: The Herald-Independent.

Recycled Buildings or Bridges? Designing for Deconstruction Beyond Adaptive Reuse

Disassembly of the Bay Bridge’s eastern span. Courtesy Sam Burbank.

This is the world architect and building scientist Bradley Guy—assistant professor of sustainable design at The Catholic University of America School of Architecture and Planning, as well as author of Unbuilding: Salvaging the Architectural Treasures of Unwanted Houses—has been slowly, arduously advocating for since the mid-1990s, when he was introduced to the idea of designing for deconstruction. Design for deconstruction (or disassembly, sometimes abbreviated DfD) is a design philosophy and set of strategies that acknowledge that the vast majority of buildings have a life span.

via Recycled Buildings or Bridges? Designing for Deconstruction Beyond Adaptive Reuse.

Where is She Now? – Michaela Harms 2014 Intern Extraordinaire

Michaela Harms

After interning with the RA in the summer of 2014, Michaela Harms continued her studies in Civil Engineering on exchange in Lefkosia, Cyprus at Frederick University. Her focus in the program was on structural design and renewable energies, both vital aspects of sustainable construction innovations. Now in her final year of studies, she has returned to Helsinki to work and complete her thesis on estimating decentralized renewable energy potentiality with Bionova, a Helsinki-based sustainability consulting company and LCA innovator.

Upon completing her BSc, Michaela plans to return stateside. She hopes to gain further expertise in research and design through work with an innovative sustainable building or renewable energy company. Her heart still lies in grass roots sustainable solutions. She hopes to continue to her Masters in 2017 at the Iceland School of Energy.

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See Michaela’s catalog of work for the Reclamation Administration.  Our great thanks Michaela!

 

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Johnson City Press: Artist turns old scraps into new wonders

Sparks fly as Brian Skotka works on what will be a glass top table leg. He uses reclaimed metal and wood to fabricate unique furniture.

When he can, Scotka tries to learn the story behind the materials he gathers for his projects.

“It’s neat to see the story it has with it … a time when the world was a little simpler,” he said. “Now, 150 years later people remove these barns and cabins and it’s going to serve another purpose for another 150 years. I try to pass the story on.”

Brian Scotka uses reclaimed metal to make unique furniture.

Brian Scotka uses reclaimed metal to make unique furniture. Becky Campbell/Johnson City Press

via Johnson City Press: Artist turns old scraps into new wonders.