Where is She Now? – Michaela Harms 2014 Intern Extraordinaire

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 … Continue reading Where is She Now? – Michaela Harms 2014 Intern Extraordinaire

Structural Products of Small Diameter Timbers – By Michaela Harms

When we think of sustainable solutions for buildings, new wood is not the first thing that comes to mind.  WholeTrees Architecture and Structures however is an innovator in sustainable wood use and creates some beautiful buildings. Lead architect, Roald Gundersen, has been building with round timbers for over 20 years. He utilizes small diameter trees … Continue reading Structural Products of Small Diameter Timbers – By Michaela Harms

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 to 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 … Continue reading Rammed Earth Made Easy with Watershed Blocks – By Michaela Harms

Kirmo Kivela: Industrial Train Turntable Turned Greenhouse – by Michaela

In 2009, Kääntöpöytä, finnish for “turntable”, opened in Helsinki, Finland tucked between modern highly trafficked railways by local environmental organization, Dodo Ry. The greenhouse and café was built into an existing train turntable left unused in this industrial graveyard due to contemporary trains and stations. The historic steel structure serves as the framework for the … Continue reading Kirmo Kivela: Industrial Train Turntable Turned Greenhouse – by Michaela

The Piano Gal: Upcycled Piano Creations – by Michaela

Marta Hansen’s journey from being a public school music educator to innovative small business owner is quite the story. She received her degree from UW Madison in music education and taught elementary and middle school students outside of Dallas, Texas for many years. Upon returning to her native Wisconsin Marta began teaching herself the disappearing … Continue reading The Piano Gal: Upcycled Piano Creations – by Michaela

Michaela is Here! The Reclamation Administration is proud to welcome aboard Michaela

We are super excited to have Michaela interning at the RA! Here at the RA we have a strong ethic of volunteerism, and we are happy that others do too.   Our internships are educational experiences tailored to the interests and goals of our participants, and of course our readers!  We are always thrilled when people step … Continue reading Michaela is Here! The Reclamation Administration is proud to welcome aboard Michaela

Introducing Natural Building & Tiny Home Resource Pages!

Thanks to Michaela Harms 2014’s intern extraordinaire we have two new resource pages here at the RA. You can find these links as a permanent feature in the right Resources column. Natural Building Tiny House  Check out these newly updated resource pages too! Reuse Centers & Materials Construction and Demolition Recycling, Reuse & Adaptive Reuse … Continue reading Introducing Natural Building & Tiny Home Resource Pages!

Internships are a reason to fund The Reclamation Administration

Micheala: Summer 2014 Intern Extraordinaire Michaela is a student at Metropolia University in Helsinki, Finland studying sustainable building engineering. Her interest in innovative building was sparked with an initial project in the Mojave Desert at Aquarius Ranch on a super adobe dome underneath UFOs and starry skies. She stumbled into the natural building world through working … Continue reading Internships are a reason to fund The Reclamation Administration