Hyland Mather – the lost object

making in London, october of 2014, with Mando (amanda marie) seeyouthroughit

i make stuff from junk.  i pick up one mess, one pile, and make another mess, and another pile.  i use the junk from the city, i use the stuff from the field, i use the bits in the forest, and the things in the trash.  i hunt, i collect, i gather, but only what i need for the work, for the play.  color, shape, composition.  some lost stuff gets found again.

‘Light Moves’ Lost Object piece in Beacon, New York. Part of the Beautiful Times tour with Amanda Marie.  Our friends Dan and Kelene from Thundercut / Open Space Beacon / Electric Windows made it possible.

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CARTM’s New Director… – CARTM

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“Our new contractor services program is designed to give local builders better access to CARTM, making it easy and affordable to dispose of construction and demolition (C&D) debris, and to divert valuable materials from that debris for reuse and recycling.”

“We realized in the aftermath of the China’s “green fence” last year, when the markets for recycled materials disappeared almost overnight—and are still recovering—that staying proactive and nimble to opportunity is the name of the game,” said Karen.  “CARTM has a strong, dynamic board who is committed to the challenge of Leading Our Community To Zero Waste—they mean it, and I am ready to evangelize for it!”

The Refindery at CARTM is a treasure trove of re-use bargains and an inspiring environment to shop in.via CARTM’s New Director… – CARTM.

Old Red Balloon building demolition underway – Cowichan News Leader Pictorial

The demolition of Linda Faulkner’s downtown Duncan building began earlier this month after five year’s of wrangling that still has be settled in court.  - fileThe demolition of Linda Faulkner’s downtown Duncan building began earlier this month after five year’s of wrangling that still has be settled in court. — Image Credit: File

The city ordered the demolition of the 107-year-old building — located at the corner of Station and Craig — in September, five years after a protracted process that began when the building was damaged when it was hit by a Duncan snowplow.

Citing safety and nuisance reasons after Worksafe BC closed the site, the city eventually rejected a bid by Faulkner to negotiate a deal to repair and save the building.

via Old Red Balloon building demolition underway – Cowichan News Leader Pictorial.

PHOTOS: 12 Architectural Wonders and Spaces Reclaimed – weather.com

The notion is inherently eco-conscious, upcycling structures that would otherwise be destroyed or left to the elements. But there’s also a notion of salvaging infrastructure so solid that it’s lasted years without help, sometimes relics but architectural marvels that have withstood the test of time.

These old boats became a winery in Baja, Mexico. (Taller de Arquitectura Contextual)

via PHOTOS: 12 Architectural Wonders and Spaces Reclaimed – weather.com.

Reclaimed wood company Grain Designs building on success of NDSU memorabilia | West Fargo Pioneer

Grant Koenig, Philip Bruckbauer and Blain Mikkonen, from left to right, own Grain Designs in West Fargo and sell furniture from reclaimed wood including the bleachers from the NDSU Bison Sports Arena. Dave Wallis

“When we first started, we’d go tear down a barn and build as much from it as we could,” Mikkonen said. “That’s kind of what we still do. We don’t necessarily tear down the barns ourselves anymore, but we’ll buy reclaimed lumber.”

The partners are strong believers in using sustainable materials for environmental reasons, but they also find value in the history and the story reclaimed wood gives a project.

Bison designs and logos made at Grain Designs in West Fargo. Photo by Dave Wallis

via Reclaimed wood company Grain Designs building on success of NDSU memorabilia | West Fargo Pioneer.

A Detroit Collage: How a Graffiti Artist, Apparel Company and Nonprofit Are Helping to Keep Art in Schools – The Root

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Antonio “Shades” Agee holding up a student’s artwork  STEPHANIE BATTAGLIA

Shades acknowledges what might be considered a unique situation, given his commercial success in the urban art: “I’m blessed. I’m an artist. People are paying me for what I do with a God-given talent. So there’s no problem with me giving back,” the graffiti artist said, chuckling. “Any child that gets to see anyone of success doing art … is awesome. Kids love that.”

via A Detroit Collage: How a Graffiti Artist, Apparel Company and Nonprofit Are Helping to Keep Art in Schools – The Root.

Iowa Derelict Building Program

The Derelict Building Program was established to provide small Iowa communities and rural counties financial assistance to address neglected structures in order to improve the appearance of their streets and revitalize local economies.  In accordance with the statutory requirement on how these funds are to be used the emphasis will be on landfill diversion through the recycling and reuse of building materials.

via Derelict Building Program.

Ladders to apartments – Times Union

The former Tilley Ladder factory, right, on Second St. Friday Jan. 16, 2015, in Watervliet, NY.  (John Carl D'Annibale / Times Union) Photo: John Carl D'Annibale / 00030244AThe former Tilley Ladder factory, right, on Second St. Friday Jan. 16, 2015, in Watervliet, NY. (John Carl D’Annibale / Times Union)

“This adaptive reuse of a former industrial facility is not only a perfect example of historic preservation, it goes above and beyond by incorporating solar power and other ‘green’ elements that will make this early 20th century building LEED certified” he said in a prepared statement. “The city will continue to work with the developers to bring this project to fruition as soon as possible.”

via Ladders to apartments – Times Union.

Buying time – Construction & Demolition Recycling

While proponents of LEED v4 tout its emphasis on the life cycle of building products, to many in the recycling and demolition industry, it is viewed as impractical. It certainly has implications for demolition contractors if more sorting of materials is required on site and for the C&D recycling facility that counted alternative daily cover toward its diversion rate.

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Brewery Developer Calls for ‘Leap of Faith’ – Memphis Daily News

<p><strong>Crews could begin transforming the long-vacant Tennessee Brewery property Downtown later this year and the first residents could move in during the fall of 2016.</strong></p><br />
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Crews could begin transforming the long-vacant Tennessee Brewery property Downtown later this year and the first residents could move in during the fall of 2016.

But redeveloping the historic stone and cast iron brewery, which opened in 1890 and has been vacant since 1953, will require a herculean effort with heavy lifting from the public and private sectors, said developer Billy Orgel.

“It’s going to take a leap of faith from a lot of people that will be involved with this to say, ‘Hey, we can do this,’”

via Brewery Developer Calls for ‘Leap of Faith’ – Memphis Daily News.

Deconstruction and ReUse Network helps salvage remodel materials – The Orange County Register

The  works with homeowners and business owners to salvage material during a remodeling or other construction project. The group aims to keep unnecessary waste from piling up at landfills. PHOTOS: COURTESY OF DECONSTRUCTION AND REUSE NETWORK

“There’s a growing awareness of the (deconstruction) process,” Schilling said. “Younger developers are looking for more progressive solutions or looking for competitive advantages.”

The Deconstruction and ReUse Network has averaged 35 to 60 deconstruction projects per year since they started in 2007, Schilling said. The vast majority are residential projects, though commercial businesses have begun reaching out over the past three years.

“That’s a trend we definitely hope continues. That’s where there’s a great deal of waste,” Schilling said.

via Deconstruction and ReUse Network helps salvage remodel materials – The Orange County Register.

Artist Returns to Glass Work of Her Youth | TheLedger.com

Stained glass artist Shelley Rae Wood says she loves bringing joy to people through her work. PROVIDED BY SHELLEY RAE WOOD

“I believe too many things are thrown away,” she explains. “I make it into art and make it pretty.”

Sometimes, she uses whole pieces and adheres them together, creating high-relief sculptures within a frame. In others, she either breaks pieces or uses already broken pieces to create whimsical compositions that resemble more traditional stained glass work.

via Artist Returns to Glass Work of Her Youth | TheLedger.com.

Rammed Earth Made Easy with Watershed Blocks – By Michaela Harms

In the 1970’s David Easton began his innovative work modernizing rammed earth building techniques toMichaela Harms fit into California’s stringent building codes. Despite his success with Rammed Earth Works, David noticed that rammed earth was a hard wide-spread sell because engineers were apprehensive to understand it and upfront cost-focused contractors did not want to wait through the lifecycle for its benefits. He decided to make sustainable impact by focusing on a more familiar and lower cost alternative, which led to the development of the Watershed Block.

 

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David’s company, Watershed Materials supplies low-concrete masonry blocks that are used like common CMUs, concrete masonry units, with half the embodied energy. By piggy-backing onto the already known CMU standards and uses, these blocks are an easy-to-sell green alternative. Watershed Blocks have many of the same benefits as rammed earth including long lifespan, high thermal mass, and natural material use at a much lower price.

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“I like to believe we are not only reducing carbon in our atmosphere, but saving a time honored building technique” adds Watershed employee, Dan Alvarado. Revitalizing the art of masonry is a great asset of this company as they open up a sustainable job market for these skilled craftspeople. The beauty of the natural colors of the local aggregate that make up Watershed Blocks is apparent in the pixelated masonry walls they create that attract architects and designers. When speaking of his favorite building material, earth, Dan states “there is a character to earth buildings that is hard to define. You feel connected to it, protected by it.” That connection is essential to sustainable structures and truly unique to buildings of natural materials.

 

 

 

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Watershed Blocks are still a little more expensive than their CMU counterparts but the company projects that improvement in production and inevitable larger market adoption will lower retail prices. If more companies consider full life cycle costs, the savings are apparent even now. Green materials that supply LEED points are already desirable and Watershed is clearly getting noticed, recently being selected as a finalist for SXSW’s Eco Startup Showcase Competition.  As more companies like Watershed modernize and familiarize natural building techniques the beauty and health of our built environment will benefit.

 

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Hatch 2015 Trashion Show seeks designers for February 27th event : SPlog : Smile Politely

“There’s almost no limit to the materials that can be used to create clothing and accessory designs that can be modeled at the Hatch Trashion Show,” Rost said. Designers can enter in categories ranging from “Unconventional Materials” to “Altered Clothing”; both require that 60 percent of the materials used are repurposed or recycled. New this year: the “Paper” category, in which source material can be any type of paper product (with an 85 percent repurposed/recycled requirement); and a division just for accessories.

via Hatch 2015 Trashion Show seeks designers for February 27th event : SPlog : Smile Politely.

Aesthetics of Reclaimed Boards – Inspirit

Reclaimed Scaffolding Board Drawer Unit on Castors with Dark Steel Angular Handles - Filing, or Bedside, Cabinet - www.inspiritdeco.com

The reclaimed scaffolding boards which we use for the majority of our commissions are super quirky and no two are ever the same… they have had a colourful life on building sites and often display some of the following “imperfections”… we think these are actually “perfections” though, and the reason the boards have so much character and appeal!

via Aesthetics of Reclaimed Boards – Inspirit.

Cinder Speakers – Ballou Projects

Daniel Ballou and Dashdot are developing a system that transforms the humble cinder block into a high fidelity speaker. Concrete is a low resonance material that minimizes vibrations and reduces coloration of pure sound delivered by the drivers. A drawback of course is that it’s heavy to handle and ship, and labor intensive to mold. However, cinder blocks are available throughout the world for about a buck (or free in a construction site trash pile).

via Ballou Projects.

Milling opportunity; Timber from historic barn salvaged for redevelopment of former Abbot Mill – Eagle-Tribune: Local News

Milling opportunity; Timber from historic barn salvaged for redevelopment of former Abbot MillCourtesy photoMario Davila and Wesley Updike of Longleaf Lumber stand with one of the loads of reclaimed wood from the former Abbot Mill barn on Red Spring Road bound for re-milling in Maine.The wood is expected to be re-purposed for use in the main Abbot Mill building, pictured in the background.

The wooden floors, joists and decking of the early 19th century structure were salvaged by a reclaimed and antique lumber company and are expected to be reused in the redevelopment of the still-standing brick mill building on the site.

Milling opportunity; Timber from historic barn salvaged for redevelopment of former Abbot MillCOURTESY PHOTO Workers from Longleaf Lumber remove wood from the former Abbot Mill barn that is being re-milled for reuse in the redevelopment of the main mill building on the property.

via Milling opportunity; Timber from historic barn salvaged for redevelopment of former Abbot Mill – Eagle-Tribune: Local News.

Plastics at sea create raft of problems | Science News for Students

piece of plastic from oceanA piece of plastic scooped from the North Atlantic Ocean. It shows the tell-tale bite marks of a fish. A new study estimates how much plastic floats throughout the world’s oceans — trash that puts many marine creatures at risk.

The researchers found that more than half of the weight of all ocean plastics is made up of such tiny pieces. This discovery concerned the team because smaller particles have a greater surface area. This allows them to absorb more pollution per unit weight than larger pieces will.

via Plastics at sea create raft of problems | Science News for Students.

Retro Modern Ranch Beach House for Sale in Southport, North Carolina!

A piece of art in itself, this 1484 sq. ft. rambler features open-concept living areas, tasteful, rich paint colors and accent lighting to enhance your decor. And mid-century truly meets modern in the updated kitchen where high-end Fisher Paykal appliances add contemporary conveniences accented by lovingly restored vintage cabinets. Step inside the one of a kind shower and enjoy the hand-tiled mosaic tub with an original design of artist’s own creation.The light-filled space also features a unique office area down the hall from an Art Studio.

via 304 E Leonard St Southport, NC 28461 MLS# 687252.

Friends of the Hoke House hope to salvage some pieces in demolition – The York Daily Record

This photo of the summer kitchen at the Hoke House in Spring Grove was taken on New Year&#8217;s Day. It is slated to be torn down next week, and PaulThis photo of the summer kitchen at the Hoke House in Spring Grove was taken on New Year’s Day. It is slated to be torn down next week, and Paul Nevin has asked Rutter’s Farm Stores if some of the salvageable pieces can be saved. (Submitted)

He thought it was a frame structure until earlier this week when more clapboards were removed from the building. It revealed old logs underneath, and Nevin believes the summer kitchen dates to the early 1800s.

via Friends of the Hoke House hope to salvage some pieces in demolition – The York Daily Record.

What Contributors are Saying About The Reclamation Administration

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“Repurposing and reusing our natural and manufactured resources makes hard-headed sense. Examples and tools are at the Reclamation Administration.”

 

 

 

Elizabeth Boris

Director, Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy at Urban Institute

 “Keep up the good work!”

 

Ruth Trocolli

State Archaeologist at DC Government

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“The immense amount of material that is wasted in our country needs to be highlighted to help educate people on what we can all do to help change how we view “waste” verses “reusable”. The Reclamation Administration is an amazing resource for people to learn about this topic.”

 

Britton Walker

Mine | Marinemine

Mine Fireplace

The frame of the artpieces is a historical deep-sea mine of AGSB-type, made in Russia in 1942. It was a big galvanic deep-sea mine, equipped with “Blok” device and two contact electro-magnetic antennas. The upper antenna was kept steady by a buoy. The mine was used to fight submarines. It was still manufactured in the 50-ies.

 

 

 

The author and designer of the Marinemine furniture is Mati Karmin, whose career is characterised by an intense and remarkably versatile activity.

via Mine | Marinemine.

Table Topography: Wood Furniture Embedded with Glass Rivers and Lakes by Greg Klassen | Colossal

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Furniture maker Greg Klassen builds intricately designed tables and other objects embedded with glass rivers and lakes. Inspired by his surroundings in the Pacific Northwest, Klassen works with edge pieces from discarded trees (often acquired from construction sites, or from dying trees that have begun to rot) which he aligns to mimic the jagged shores of various bodies of water.

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via Table Topography: Wood Furniture Embedded with Glass Rivers and Lakes by Greg Klassen | Colossal.