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Logging is not the solution to wildfires or climate change | TheHill

Logging is not the solution to wildfires or climate change

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Logging makes fires worse, not better. One of the most fateful management choices Congress and our federal forest agencies made in the past was to allow logging corporations free reign on public lands to take the biggest, oldest, most fire-resistant trees with them and leave behind flammable piles of slash, dense plantations of young trees and networks of logging roads that would stretch from here to the moon and halfway back. With these roads come more human-sparked fires from logging equipment, irresponsible  campers, gunfire and fireworks. Ninety percent of wildland fires are human caused and this labyrinth of logging roads provides the conduit.

Source: Logging is not the solution to wildfires or climate change | TheHill

Creative Junk Therapy, New Nonprofit, Brings Creativity To The Community – Osprey Observer

Karen Koseck is the executive director of Creative Junk Therapy, a nonprofit creative reuse center that promotes creativity, environmental awareness and community through reuse.

If you ask Koseck what she likes most about her job, she’ll tell you it’s the excitement she brings to her clients. “I love the excitement of the people,” she said. “We have tried to make a fun, interesting environment and there is a lot to see. Our goal is to encourage people to reconsider the things they throw away.”

Source: Creative Junk Therapy, New Nonprofit, Brings Creativity To The Community – Osprey Observer

How a drab office building was repurposed into gorgeous, affordable ap

[Photo: Studio One Eleven]

“Many times, for better or worse, these types of developments can help uplift an area and to some extent gentrify an area,” he says. “And I think the most economical way, if an area is going to gentrify, is to get the affordable housing in there first so that the affordable housing developers aren’t competing at higher land costs and there’s already an embedded affordable housing population there.”

Source: How a drab office building was repurposed into gorgeous, affordable ap

A ‘deconstruction industry’ can help cut infrastructure sector emissions

“Once materials – raw materials – leave the biosphere and enter the technosphere because they are processed, we need to keep them in the technosphere and recycle or reuse them as much as possible,” Pralle said. “For that we need to create a deconstruction industry as powerful and elaborate as the mining industry.” Pralle said the success of a deconstruction industry

Source: A ‘deconstruction industry’ can help cut infrastructure sector emissions

Vancouver company leads the way in innovative home deconstruction | CTV News

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A house on Vancouver’s West Side being dismantled by the group Unbuilders is seen on Sept. 30, 2020.

“What you’re going to see over the next five years is a rollout of deconstruction policy across the board,” said Corniel. “So, we’re the first of our kind in Canada, doing what we do, but this will be the typical way that houses are taken down and taken apart in the future.”

Source: Vancouver company leads the way in innovative home deconstruction | CTV News

Pamplin Media Group – Reused MAX train designs debated at Oregon Rail Heritage Center

DAVID F. ASHTON – Competition exhibits are taped up on the sides of old rail coaches for public display – to be voted on by people attending the event.

The competition grew out of an idea by TriMet General Manager Doug Kelsey to find a way to re-purpose the Type 1 light rail vehicles while addressing a public need, and if successful, keeping the trains from becoming scrap. “Wouldn’t it be amazing to find a new way to re-use these old trains that advanced the legacy of transit – connecting people with services, with opportunities, with the community we so value?” he asked.

Source: Pamplin Media Group – Reused MAX train designs debated at Oregon Rail Heritage Center

Erster Re-Use Store in Berliner Kaufhaus eröffnet – Berlin.de

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Image: SenUVK

The B-Wa (h) renhaus with its shop-in-shop range of used goods is also a unique project nationwide. It is an important step on the way to ‘department stores of the future’, which offer attractive shopping opportunities for used goods. As part of the Re-Use initiative, three to four “used department stores of the future” are to be built in Berlin in the medium term.

Source: Erster Re-Use Store in Berliner Kaufhaus eröffnet – Berlin.de

To Cut Waste, Berlin Opens Its Own Secondhand Shop – Bloomberg

Photographer: Stefan Sauer/picture alliance via Getty Images

Berlin hopes to use the stores to “anchor the re-use of used goods in urban society” by functioning as centers to educate and spread tips on re-use — especially to sections of the public that aren’t currently much involved in the circular economy. The initiative is part of a broader plan from Berlin’s ruling center-left/Green/left coalition that looks to slash waste in all areas of the city’s economy.

Source: To Cut Waste, Berlin Opens Its Own Secondhand Shop – Bloomberg

Change planning laws to reduce waste and refurbish old buildings, engineers say – About Manchester

The government needs to go further with its circular economy plans if the UK is to reduce its waste and make a green recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic, according to engineers from the University of Sheffield.

Adding circular economy principles to the planning process would put greater emphasis on retrofitting buildings, designing for adaptability, deconstruction and reuse of materials at end of life. It would both reduce waste, and help to reduce the UK’s demand for new materials.

Source: Change planning laws to reduce waste and refurbish old buildings, engineers say – About Manchester

The Case for Upcycling in Architecture | Architect Magazine

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“The preservation and qualitative reuse and repurposing of existing building stock means: –architectural relevance is gained through complexity and multiplicity of meaning (instead of through form) –Identity, longevity, and historical and social continuity are bolstered –Knowledge of building culture and construction is secured – The simplicity, durability, and sustainability of building construction, building materials, and technology are challenged and promoted.

Source: The Case for Upcycling in Architecture | Architect Magazine

Portland shoe baron’s 1880 mansion saved, moved and now for sale at $1.8 million – oregonlive.com

“It’s the most beautiful, most authentic project I’ve work on,” says Karlsson, a Portland development consultant. “And it’s a perfect post-COVID-19 office space” for a boutique law firm or financial service group, or a larger company downsizing to allow employees to work at home yet still needs private offices.

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1880 Fried-Durkheimer House
“It’s the most beautiful, most authentic project I’ve work on,” says Karlsson, a Portland development consultant. “And it’s a perfect post-COVID-19 office space” for a boutique law firm or financial service group, or a larger company downsizing to allow employees to work at home yet still needs private offices.

Transporting two halves of a historic mansion through downtown Portland streets grabbed headlines three years ago. The outcome of the taxing, slow move of a shoe baron’s Victorian-era house to save it from the wrecking ball is even more stunning: The three-level structure, on its new triangular lot, is for sale at $1.8 million.

Source: Portland shoe baron’s 1880 mansion saved, moved and now for sale at $1.8 million – oregonlive.com

Amy Marks, the “queen of prefab”: Why building and construction is not an industry, it’s an ecosystem | The Fifth Estate

Amy Marks is head of Industrialised Construction Strategy and Evangelism at the global technology company Autodesk.

She says building and construction is NOT an industry. It’s an eco system and this means it can’t be disrupted or reformed from the bottom up. It has to be disrupted from the top down.  She means by influential clients such as large corporates or governments who can demand new outcomes through different methodologies.

Source: Amy Marks, the “queen of prefab”: Why building and construction is not an industry, it’s an ecosystem | The Fifth Estate

DON launches a deconstruction-and-reuse program | Local News | ncnewsonline.com

DON launches a deconstruction-and-reuse program

A blighted Pine Street home is taken apart by DON ReClaim! workers.

“It was hot, hard work, but extremely rewarding, and demonstrates very clearly there is a real market for these materials. They just need to be reclaimed and offered for sale.”

Source: DON launches a deconstruction-and-reuse program | Local News | ncnewsonline.com

Holly Springs resident builds house out of mostly recycled materials | Lifestyle | tribuneledgernews.com

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Holly Springs resident Mark Whitlock used his over 30 years of experience in the salvaging business to construct a building from mostly recycled materials. This building is the first new one in the Town Center District.

“All of the floor has been reclaimed out of a building in Pennsylvania, which used to be a part of an old school house,” Whitlock said. “A building in Kentucky was taken down by a fire, so I salvaged about six tractor trailer loads of it and turned it into furniture. I also brought back 13 tractor trailer loads of lights and light fixtures from Texas to use to create my own light fixtures. Every light fixture in the house was made from these materials and the ones I didn’t use for the light fixtures in my h

Source: Holly Springs resident builds house out of mostly recycled materials | Lifestyle | tribuneledgernews.com

WEISS/MANFREDI selected to transform former jail as part of massive Dallas park project

A view of the skyline-marring old Dawson State Jail in Dallas from the Commerce Street bridge. Reunion Tower can be seen to the right of the building. (Courtesy Trinity Park Conservancy)

As for how exactly the old jail will be reused, that has yet to be determined although restaurants, retail, affordable housing, and administrative office space for the park have all been floated in local media as early speculative ideas.

Source: WEISS/MANFREDI selected to transform former jail as part of massive Dallas park project

Tulane researchers receive grant to repurpose abandoned “separate but equal” schools in Louisiana | News | Archinect

View of the gymnasium at the old Sabine High School in Many, Louisiana, one of several facilities that could be impacted by the study.Photo courtesy of Laura Blokker.

View of the gymnasium at the old Sabine High School in Many, Louisiana, one of several facilities that could be impacted by the study.Photo courtesy of Laura Blokker.

The schools, built as part a last-ditch attempt to establish “separate but equal” educational facilities in the state, were abandoned as racial integration began to take hold in 1970, and have sat empty for many years.

Source: Tulane researchers receive grant to repurpose abandoned “separate but equal” schools in Louisiana | News | Archinect

Angry Sheffield man cheered on as he stages camp chair protest in middle of construction site – YorkshireLive

Conor set up a camping chair as part of a peaceful protest (Image: Jake Loader)

Demolition work at the University of Sheffield’s Social Sciences building was brought to a halt for two hours after a resident sat in a camping chair on the site in protest against the “deafening” noise levels.

Source: Angry Sheffield man cheered on as he stages camp chair protest in middle of construction site – YorkshireLive

Minnesota county offers grants promoting deconstruction over demolition for older homes and apartments – Waste Today

Minnesota county offers grants promoting deconstruction over demolition for older homes and apartments

To be eligible, the structure must be a home or apartment with up to four units built before 1950 and with a renovation area of at least 250 square feet. Moreover, six material types need to be removed to be reused and at least 550 pounds of wood must be salvaged from the project. All non-reusable building materials must be sent to a county-approved C&D recycler.

Source: Minnesota county offers grants promoting deconstruction over demolition for older homes and apartments – Waste Today

Weed Dispensary Planned For Old Bucktown Emissions Testing Site Aims To Put The ‘Park Back In Parking Lot’ – Block Club Chicago

Under plans, the existing Webster Street building will receive new cladding, windows and entranceway.

“The addition of many more trees and trying to remove as much asphalt as possible put an additional cost onto the development team, but these are improvements that will last for decades and has the support of the neighbors.”

Source: Weed Dispensary Planned For Old Bucktown Emissions Testing Site Aims To Put The ‘Park Back In Parking Lot’ – Block Club Chicago

FGCU students upcycle broken hockey sticks to create oyster reefs | News, Sports, Jobs – Cape Coral Breeze

An oyster reef made of old hockey sticks being installed at homes Wednesday in Cape Coral. CHUCK?BALLARO

It is called the “Rinks to Reefs” program, where the broken sticks from the FGCU hockey team are used to make oyster reefs to be placed in the water, attached to docks, at local residences, where the oysters can grow and help clean the canal water.

Source: FGCU students upcycle broken hockey sticks to create oyster reefs | News, Sports, Jobs – Cape Coral Breeze

Forget Sustainable Construction—It’s Time for Sustainable Deconstruction – CU Denver News

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The Zippered Pavilion is constructed of Zippered Wood technology, which uses short lengths of waste 2x4s.

Many commercial buildings have a life cycle of about 10 years (think about strip malls and office parks, for example), and yet most architects approach their work as if it’s permanent. “Architects never think about how their buildings come down,” Swackhamer said. “There is no incentive to think about decay.”

Source: Forget Sustainable Construction—It’s Time for Sustainable Deconstruction – CU Denver News

Unused buildings will make good housing in the world of COVID-19 | Micky News

The building that formerly housed a telephone exchange and post office at 118 Russell Street, Melbourne, has been converted into apartments. Author provided

Buildings that are no longer fit for purpose, or not required in a new detached working environment, could be repurposed as housing. Empty office blocks, shops and stores and unused teaching facilities could all be recycled for social and community low-cost rental housing.

Source: Unused buildings will make good housing in the world of COVID-19 | Micky News

Americans are converting more used school buses into tiny homes during the pandemic

a person sitting on a bus: Sparrow Kettner, 36, and her husband Keith Smith, 29, converted an old, yellow school bus into their future home. They are traveling musicians in a band called The Resonant Rogues.

© Cory Marie Podielski Sparrow Kettner, 36, and her husband Keith Smith, 29, converted an old, yellow school bus into their future home. They are traveling musicians in a band called The Resonant Rogues.

Sales of the used, bright yellow vehicles, called “skoolies” by their owners, have risen in some markets during the recession as more Americans shift toward a nontraditional, more affordable and socially distanced way to live.

Source: Americans are converting more used school buses into tiny homes during the pandemic

‘I say go for it’: Froggy’s widow won’t stand in the way of the building’s demolition | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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John Jackson, senior vice president of the Cushman & Wakefield/Grant Street Associates real estate firm, also testified that reusing the buildings for office and commercial purposes didn’t make sense financially.

Source: ‘I say go for it’: Froggy’s widow won’t stand in the way of the building’s demolition | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A passion for preservation: Sault Ste. Marie entrepreneur helps revive downtown

Anderson Media: Danna Sanderson at the Foundary in Sault Ste. Marie.

“The minute we buy a building, I’m in there with chisels and hammers,” said Danna. “The point of buying an old building isn’t to tear down everything, it’s to save what you can.”

Source: A passion for preservation: Sault Ste. Marie entrepreneur helps revive downtown

Company creates climate-friendlier alternative to traditional clay bricks » Yale Climate Connections

Gabriela Medero

Prof. Gabriela Medero, Heriot-Watt University (Image credit: Heriot-Watt University video)

“Architects and designers, they get really excited because they can be adopting a building material that is sustainable, is as durable as what they are used to using, but they can be very creative and can produce very exciting different new designs with all the colors that we can produce,”

Source: Company creates climate-friendlier alternative to traditional clay bricks » Yale Climate Connections

Adaptive reuse projects are happening across the country. Here are som

Oakland’s Creative Growth Art Center was converted from an auto shop into a studio for artists with disabilities; Buffalo’s Northland Workforce Training Center was a former factory that became a site for job training and education; and in Pittsburgh, a Masonic temple became a space for City of Asylum, a nonprofit that supports writers who are threatened in their own countries.

Source: Adaptive reuse projects are happening across the country. Here are som

Report: Transformation of Pacific NW waste & recycling by 2040 would bring tens of thousands of jobs and cut pollution – Washington State Wire

“The good news is that—as we’ve seen in the past two decades with Clean Energy—strong leadership with a clear vision can pay off for the Northwest in big ways: hundreds of new Clean Materials businesses, thousands of new jobs, and billions of dollars in new investment. At the same time, we can slash the emissions that are driving climate change and reduce toxic pollution.”

Source: Report: Transformation of Pacific NW waste & recycling by 2040 would bring tens of thousands of jobs and cut pollution – Washington State Wire

Preserving the history of deconstructed Sask. barns | CTV News

Prairie Barn Brothers

The Prairie Barn Brothers are taking on their biggest project yet: the deconstruction of a 126 x 68 two-storey timber frame barn. (Stefanie Davis/CTV News)

“There’s so many different unique applications you can do with the barn wood that just makes it stunning,” he said. “We regularly get cedar, fir, spruce and spine as the major types of wood.”

Source: Preserving the history of deconstructed Sask. barns | CTV News

Aurora Mills Expanding Retail Footprint, with Place for Large Things and Airplane Wings

“Yeah, we have one of those,” Byrnes said with a laugh. “It was for a giant. And it will be for other large items: back bars, theater lighting, airplane wings, floor boards, things like that. I like to joke that we could fit a double-decker English bus in there.”

Source: Aurora Mills Expanding Retail Footprint, with Place for Large Things and Airplane Wings

Notable Women in Construction and Design: Vaishali Wagh

Wagh has expertise in historic renovation and adaptive reuse. For those projects she researches the building’s past uses and historical significance, prepares nominations for the National Registry of Historic Places, and helps clients navigate historic tax credits.

Source: Notable Women in Construction and Design: Vaishali Wagh

Richmond city staff push for quick deconstruction of deteriorating net loft | Richmond News

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The Phoenix Net Loft has deteriorated even further, according to a recent engineering report, and could cause contamination to the Fraser River if it collapsed.
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City staff are asking council to approve a plan to deconstruct the 1940s building where fishing nets were cleaned and repaired until the early 2000s, but the plan includes keeping as many of the “heritage elements” as possible.

Source: Richmond city staff push for quick deconstruction of deteriorating net loft | Richmond News

10 tips on salvage materials from Jimmy Mitchell – Living Building Chronicle

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Skanska’s Jimmy Mitchell has been a strong advocate for salvaged building materials for more than a decade.

From Long Beach to Boston, a new generation of organizations has grown up around the deconstruction of buildings and the sale of reusable materials. They’re often nonprofits backed by local architects, builders and environmental groups. Their aim is to build a supply chain that puts salvaged goods on equal footing with new products and materials.

Source: 10 tips on salvage materials from Jimmy Mitchell – Living Building Chronicle

Hyatt Hotels to Unveil Restoration of Historic Architectural Landmark, Cook County Hospital – Hospitality Net

Hyatt House and Hyatt Place Chicago Medical/University District

Drawing inspiration from the history of this remarkable piece of infrastructure, the project will restore and preserve the historical pieces that have been rooted there for over 160 years, which includes the original Beaux-Arts masonry detailing and terracotta ornamentation of the exterior, the wood-framed windows, interior decorative plaster work, the double height main lobby and 106-year old restored marble stone staircase, elevator cores, as well as the double loaded corridor and terrazzo flooring of the

Source: Hyatt Hotels to Unveil Restoration of Historic Architectural Landmark, Cook County Hospital – Hospitality Net

Iconic Iosco County gypsum bin to be demolished offshore in Lake Huron – mlive.com

Alabaster gypsum crib

A 2016 photo of the U.S. Gypsum marine loading crib in Tawas Bay on Lake Huron, offshore of the company’s former mine and overwater tramway in Alabaster Township, Mich. (Garret Ellison | MLive)Garret Ellison | MLive

As part of a mutual agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, USG stated that it will be documenting the deconstruction of the historic structure for archiving purposes. Images will regularly be shared on the company’s webpage.

Source: Iconic Iosco County gypsum bin to be demolished offshore in Lake Huron – mlive.com

Sustainability: Net zero carbon | Features | Building

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In reworking 160 Old Street, Islington, new brick and glass cladding was added but the essential structure was largely retained

To meet the UK’s net zero carbon targets, an increasing number of urban projects are likely to repurpose buildings that already exist rather than replace them with new ones.

Source: Sustainability: Net zero carbon | Features | Building

Ultimate Cozy Cabins: Rustic Retreats Made from Converted Antique Train Cars

Built for transporting cargo, the train cars date from the early th century and have been fully refurbished for year-round living: each has a sitting room, full kitchen, bedroom, and bath.

Above: Built for transporting cargo, the train cars date from the early 20th century and have been fully refurbished for year-round living: each has a sitting room, full kitchen, bedroom, and bath.

Join us for a tour of our favorite attraction, the two antique railway carriages that they converted into storybook guest quarters, each overlooking a lake.

Source: Ultimate Cozy Cabins: Rustic Retreats Made from Converted Antique Train Cars

Salvage beauty: Builder delights in designing with discards – Mount Desert Islander

Keith Raymond designs and builds houses using reclaimed materials. ISLANDER PHOTOS BY SARAH HINCKLEY

Different types of wood aren’t the only thing Raymond seeks to salvage from assorted online sites. He also finds windows, appliances, tiles and fixtures. Recently, Raymond had a lead on a slate sink that slipped through his fingers.

Source: Salvage beauty: Builder delights in designing with discards – Mount Desert Islander

Onetime Fred Rogers weekend retreat will be part of ‘forest with homes’ | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A view of the four-bedroom home that once was home to the Hardie family in Fox Chapel. It was built around the original cottage that Fred Rogers once used as a weekend retreat.

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“It’s a project started by Jay Troutman to make sure we reuse and repurpose as much of the materials and plants as we can,” he said. “It started with the plants,” said Mr. Troutman, vice president of Fox Chapel Borough Council.

Source: Onetime Fred Rogers weekend retreat will be part of ‘forest with homes’ | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette