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PDX Airport Bench Re-design Opening Night and Auction | Events | Design Week Portland

Join us to see the finished redesign of the benches that have seated millions of Portland’s finest butts. Collaboration design teams will be announced the first week of March on our website and instagram. Collaborators Sign-Up Deadline Feb. 26th @ 6pm (sign-up and info at www.PDXoriginals.com/DWP18) This is for the aspiring or profesional furniture designer inside us all.

Source: PDX Airport Bench Re-design Opening Night and Auction | Events | Design Week Portland

Roads to nowhere: how infrastructure built on American inequality | Cities | The Guardian

Abandoned properties in Baltimore’s Oliver neighbourhood

Where to build a freeway became not only an economic decision, but also a moral one – a chance to uplift and sweep clean America’s ghettos. But were they ghettos?

Source: Roads to nowhere: how infrastructure built on American inequality | Cities | The Guardian

M-Brew In Ferndale Is Looking To Crown A New Pinball Wizard For Charity This Thursday

Think you’ve got what it takes to be the Pinball Wizard?

Why not try your hand at the Charity Pinball Party Tournament this Thursday, February 22 at M-Brew in Ferndale. The event is being put on to help raise money for the Architectural Salvage Warehouse in Detroit.The organization helps to keep salvageable and architectural ornate materials out of area landfills.

Source: M-Brew In Ferndale Is Looking To Crown A New Pinball Wizard For Charity This Thursday

makegood | aesthetic and functional redemption of abandoned objects

SAD-ROBOT Desk Lamp

Makegood is a collective of  makers dedicated to giving new life to the discarded and reimagining salvaged materials. A portion of the sales of makegood artwork is donated to various non-profits including crackedpots.org and animal rescue organizations.

BEE-SMOKER Lamp

Source: makegood | aesthetic and functional redemption of abandoned objects

Quake survivors ditch the high-life for the ‘bus life’ | Stuff.co.nz

The stained wood-paneling was Amber Macintosh's idea, and she did sanding and staining for the fit-out.

BRADEN FASTIER/STUFF
The stained wood-paneling was Amber Macintosh’s idea, and she did sanding and staining for the fit-out.

It took another five years, a post-traumatic stress breakdown for Cleverley and post-natal depression for Macintosh, before they acted on their mid-quake epiphany. Cleverley spent 2016 converting an old school bus bought on Trade Me and the pair, along with their children, Jake, 6, and Daisy, 4, swapped corporate office jobs for life on the road.

Source: Quake survivors ditch the high-life for the ‘bus life’ | Stuff.co.nz

Centuries Old Tradition Of Recycling Bricks Finally Gets Certified — Danish Company Is World’s First Supplier | CleanTechnica

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Well, what are we waiting for? Let’s hammer some bricks!

It is a genuinely comforting thought, that when you look at a brick building any one of those bricks can originate from many different places. Apart from the green-tech-recycling aspect, this makes buildings ooze of history — even if they are brand new.

Source: Centuries Old Tradition Of Recycling Bricks Finally Gets Certified — Danish Company Is World’s First Supplier | CleanTechnica

RTE ‘Home of the Year’ contender could be a home for life for €545,000

Address: 21 Rehoboth Place, Dolphins Barn, Dublin 8 Price: € 545,000 Agent: Sherry FitzGerald

This leads through to the diningroom, where the original second fireplace has been repurposed as a smart, open drinks cabinet, within easy reach of the table, made from reclaimed scaffolding planks.

Source: RTE ‘Home of the Year’ contender could be a home for life for €545,000

RMA Taps New Beer Trends to Combat Urban Blight – Press Release – Digital Journal

Breweries can improve slum and blight in a community by creating an adaptive reuse for derelict/vacant buildings such as old department stores, warehouses, churches, fire stations and train stations. Once the buildings are retrofitted as craft breweries, they have the potential to become a major catalyst for revitalization within a city, attracting additional visitors, job creation and investment.

Source: RMA Taps New Beer Trends to Combat Urban Blight – Press Release – Digital Journal

Derelict Building Grant applications due April 4 | News | communitynewspapergroup.com

The grant program was instituted by state legislation to help rural communities with populations of 5,000 or less to deconstruct or renovate abandoned commercial and public structures.

The program emphasizes reuse and recycling of building items, helps improve street appearance and commercial development, and alleviates the environmental concern these buildings can pose. Financial assistance includes asbestos removal, building deconstruction and renovation, and other environmental services.

Source: Derelict Building Grant applications due April 4 | News | communitynewspapergroup.com

UIX: Turning trash into money is going to take a community effort

The South Kent Landfill, image courtesy Kent County.

“There are a lot of building materials and resources that are winding up in landfills,” Wieland says. “People are actually talking about deconstructing things instead of just demolishing them. We’re looking at all the waste materials that come out of the building industry and reusing them is one of the ways to reduce that waste.”

Source: UIX: Turning trash into money is going to take a community effort

Otter Tail County landmark to be preserved in Fergus Falls | Perham Focus

The historic Regional Treatment Center tower, close to the county government services center in northwest Fergus Falls, will be preserved while other sections of the RTC complex will be part of deconstruction. Tom Hintgen/Otter Tail County Correspondent.

The city of Fergus Falls is seeking $8.9 million from the state legislature to complete deconstruction on remaining sections of the RTC campus which includes 550,000 square feet of space on the northside of Fergus Falls. The Regional Treatment Center was originally built in 1890 by the state of Minnesota to house 3,500 patients with mental illness. During the 1950s and 1960s that number was reduced to close to 2,000 residents, cared for by 500 state employees.

Source: Otter Tail County landmark to be preserved in Fergus Falls | Perham Focus

Developer to Turn Massachusetts Mill Into Affordable Housing| Housing Finance Magazine 

Courtesy of Trinity Financial – Trinity Financial is redeveloping the Van Brodie Mill into affordable housing in Lawrence, Mass. The completed project will contain eight studio apartments, 25 one-, 56 two-, and 13 three-bedroom apartments.

“We are thrilled to begin the transformation of the Van Brodie Mill,” said Trinity Financial project manager Dan Drazen. “Thanks to MassHousing’s investment, this project will breathe new life into a historically significant asset while creating much-needed mixed-income housing in the Gateway City of Lawrence.”

Source: Developer to Turn Massachusetts Mill Into Affordable Housing| Housing Finance Magazine | Adaptive Reuse, Construction Finance, Tom Lyons, Dan Drazen, Rob Vest, Thomas McColgan, Trinity Financial, MassHousing, Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development, Red Stone Equity Partners, TD Bank, Massachusetts

Fire rated glass opens new doors for adaptive reuse project | Building Design + Construction

Chalkboards from classrooms

The chalkboards from the classrooms were preserved and became part of the living units. (photo from CASTO).

Part of the allure of these reimagined luxury apartments was the fact that it was once a school – so the architects preserved not just the historic structure, but the wood floors of the basketball court, 20 ft. hallways, chalkboards, and more.

Source: Fire rated glass opens new doors for adaptive reuse project | Building Design + Construction

St. John’s council encouraging ‘responsible demolition’ | Local | News | The Telegram

“Heritage is one of our main economic drivers in the city. The deconstruction policy — if we had one — would address salvaging any materials in the case where demolition is absolutely necessary.”

Source: St. John’s council encouraging ‘responsible demolition’ | Local | News | The Telegram

GLEAN is accepting applications for 2018 from artists residing in Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas counties.

GLEAN is a juried art program that seeks to inspire people to think about their consumption habits, the waste they generate, and the resources they throw away by tapping into the creativity of artists from the Portland metro region.

Five GLEAN artists will be given access to the Metro Central transfer station (“the dump”) for five months to glean materials to make art. The program culminates in a formal exhibition in the fall. Artists will be paid a $2,000 stipend and receive 80% commission from the sale of their art at the exhibition.

Source: GLEANings | Musings from artists working with trash

Designers, Students Get Creative for Cradle to Cradle Design Challenge

Inspired by the imperative weight reduction in airplane construction, Bench32 was chosen for its use of Fusion 360’s simulation capabilities to both ideate and render the design. The repetition of 32 wooden spars forms the seating surface, which is held together by 80 metal parts. Reusing parts multiple times and aligning the elements with ample negative space creates a lightweight appearance that results in a sturdy yet lightweight bench comprised of FSC-certified wood or Cradle to Cradle Certified Accoya wood.

Source: Designers, Students Get Creative for Cradle to Cradle Design Challenge

Harvard’s Popular Free Online Architecture Course Returns for 2018 | ArchDaily

 

“Architecture is one of the most complexly negotiated and globally recognized cultural practices, both as an academic subject and a professional career. Its production involves all of the technical, aesthetic, political, and economic issues at play within a given society. Over the course of ten modules, we’ll examine some of history’s most important examples that show how architecture engages, mediates, and expresses a culture’s complex aspirations.”

While the course is completely free, students can receive a verified certificate of completion for an additional $99.

Source: Harvard’s Popular Free Online Architecture Course Returns for 2018 | ArchDaily

Turning Older Buildings into Great Places to Live| Housing Finance Magazine | Affordable Housing, Adaptive Reuse, Laura Bailey, Capital One

Real Trends: The Future of Real Estate in the United States, a report commissioned by Capital One and written by the MIT Center for Real Estate.

Source: Turning Older Buildings into Great Places to Live| Housing Finance Magazine | Affordable Housing, Adaptive Reuse, Laura Bailey, Capital One

Petition Aims to Stop Guy Bryant Demolitions | The Portland Chronicle

Three houses are the focus of the petition. Photos from petition website.

“Classic style defines what exists in the neighborhood today, and your plans will amount to an architectural bomb disrupting a consistently historic street,” the petition says.

Source: Petition Aims to Stop Guy Bryant Demolitions | The Portland Chronicle

‘This was our life’: Demolition of former Spa City garden supply store under way – Saratogoan News

Demolition at 79 Henry St. began Monday morning. Joseph Phelan — jphelan@digitalfirstmedia.com

“We all grew up here. You see things [in the building] and then you remember, oh I remember that room,” Nemec saod. “I remember we use to play hide and seek in there, or we used to help the customers. It’s just weird. It’s weird to see your life fall apart right now.”

via: http://www.saratogian.com/general-news/20180129/this-was-our-life-demolition-of-former-spa-city-garden-supply-store-under-way

Historic Galbraith House coming down – Capitol Hill Times

Photo courtesy of Donald Brewer: The city landmarked Galbraith House has been approved for demolition. Earthwise will be reclaiming portions of the structure.

A memo attached to the agreement states controls and incentives were put in place after the designation, and Sound came back to the landmarks board in 2009 to ask for controls to be removed, “stating that demolition was necessary to generate a reasonable economic return on the property.”

Source: Historic Galbraith House coming down – Capitol Hill Times

Slippurinn restaurant and the new wave of cooking coming from Iceland – Iceland Monitor

Eggert Jóhannesson

In 2011 Gísli decided to open a small restaurant, Slippurinn, with his family. He set himself the ambitious aim of raising the profile of Iceland’s gastronomic culture. The choice of location was not random: an abandoned machine workshop that used to serve the old shipyard. Shelves of tools and many of the old instruments are still in place, while the tables and many other furnishings have been made from reclaimed ship parts. The restaurant soon built a loyal following.”

Source: Slippurinn restaurant and the new wave of cooking coming from Iceland – Iceland Monitor

Deconstruction junction: Milwaukee’s reuse future – The Daily Reporter – WI Construction News & Bids

(Image courtesy of the Delta Institute via Extracting Value through Deconstruction)

On Jan. 1, the country’s second deconstruction ordinance went into effect in Milwaukee. In short, the ordinance “provides deconstruction requirements for the removal of Milwaukee’s older and more historic primary dwelling structures.” Deconstruction, in contrast to demolition, is the process of systematically dismantling a structure in an environmentally, socially and economically responsible manner, aiming to maximize the recovery of materials for reuse and recycling. The ordinance targets primary-dwelling structures built in 1929 or earlier. This reason for this specification? The likelihood that those structures will contain old-growth lumber and other valuable building materials.

Source: Deconstruction junction: Milwaukee’s reuse future – The Daily Reporter – WI Construction News & Bids

Deconstruction begins on old Butte Creek Mill site | KTVL

The deconstruction is in preparation for the installation of the Keller Mill this Spring. The Keller Mill has been nonoperational for over 60 years, but was built in the same time period as the Butte Creek Mill. (Genevieve Grippo/KTVL)

The deconstruction is in preparation for the installation of the Keller Mill this Spring. The Keller Mill has been nonoperational for over 60 years, but was built in the same time period as Butte Creek. Using the donated parts of the Keller Mill will contribute to keeping the rebuild as authentic as possible.”The grinding wheel– all that stuff is going to be back as it was. So it’ll be grinding flour again,” said Hammonds.

Source: Deconstruction begins on old Butte Creek Mill site | KTVL

Developer Bulldozes Frank Lloyd Wright Building as Preservationists Rushed to Save It

Interior of the Lockridge Medical Clinic (photo by Adam Jeselnick)

“None of us are aware of why the owner changed his mind and moved up his demolition plans.” She added that Ruis had also rejected a request to salvage architectural elements, either prior to or during the demolition process.

Source: Developer Bulldozes Frank Lloyd Wright Building as Preservationists Rushed to Save It

Home design: How to refresh your kitchen AND look after the planet | Property | Life & Style | Express.co.uk

Ex-display kitchen and Vapos hot water tap

The Used Kitchen Company sells ex-display kitchens / Caple’s Vapos hot water tap costs from £1,006

“There is no sense in hiring a skip and sending a kitchen to landfill when we could recycle it and allow its owner to earn some cash by selling it on.”

Source: Home design: How to refresh your kitchen AND look after the planet | Property | Life & Style | Express.co.uk

The Astrophysicist Who Wants to Help Solve Baltimore’s Urban Blight | WIRED

THE WASHINGTON POST/GETTY IMAGES

“I thought: Can we measure this correlation of clustering of vacant houses the same way we made measurements about astronomy,” says Budavári. Next to unpacking the mysteries of the universe, Braverman says, “working with us would be relatively easy.”

Source: The Astrophysicist Who Wants to Help Solve Baltimore’s Urban Blight | WIRED

Old trestle timbers survive in house flooring – Local News – The Daily Astorian

Tobey Parsons of McGee Salvage checks in on work to a home in Svensen that utilized reclaimed timber from the trestle bridge at Clatsop Spit.

“When we realized the wood was in good shape but untreated, we started to explore options of recycling rather than cutting it up as firewood,” Morrill said. “I was talking to some local builders, and one of them suggested I call Tobey, and he developed a scheme.”

They brought in a mobile mill and spent four months processing the timbers into boards 16 to 19 feet long and more than 3/4-inch thick. Some of the boards have found their way onto the floor of a wooden barn house under construction by general contractor Duane Clayton in Svensen.

Source: Old trestle timbers survive in house flooring – Local News – The Daily Astorian

AmeriCorps helps renovate Mtn. View’s House of Abigail | Local News | westplainsdailyquill.net

Mtn. View, Mo.

AN 11-PERSON TEAM from Americorps is in Mtn. View helping renovate House of Abigail. Team members Adrian Stephen and Rachel Silverman are carrying boards into the house for a floor the team is building.

Over the course of this six-week project, the AmeriCorps team will start by completing the deconstruction of the building’s interior. This will include removing the reaming walls, ceilings, floors, plumbing and other objects that cannot be reused after the renovation.

Source: AmeriCorps helps renovate Mtn. View’s House of Abigail | Local News | westplainsdailyquill.net

Cool space alert: Wilmington is looking for reuse ideas for Old Fire Station No. 5 – Technical.ly Delaware

(Photo courtesy of City of Wilmington)

“The former fire station is on the historic register and it is surrounded by the beautiful community of Forty Acres,” Purzycki said in a press statement. “Given the character and uniqueness of the properties in the surrounding neighborhood, the City will look for creative uses for the property that take into consideration what’s appropriate for the community. Considering the structure’s historic nature we hope to receive ideas for an adaptive reuse that preserves the building’s exterior.”

Source: Cool space alert: Wilmington is looking for reuse ideas for Old Fire Station No. 5 – Technical.ly Delaware

Storm blew historic building to Canada; Maine wants it back | Nation | postbulletin.com

The shed is among five buildings that comprise the last traditional smoked-herring facility in the U.S., and an organization called Lubec Landmarks has worked for almost 25 years to preserve it. Lubec Landmarks President Rachel Rubeor said legal tangles, including salvage rights claims by some Canadian citizens, could doom the building.

Source: Storm blew historic building to Canada; Maine wants it back | Nation | postbulletin.com

A London Hotel Transforms & Keeps its Heritage Spirit – Design*Sponge

Paneling was reclaimed by 93ft from a chambers office in Derbyshire. Above, custom lights are designed and manufactured by 93ft, complete with repurposed original light fittings to contrast against the original London stone. Wayfinding light box designed and made by 93ft.

Source: A London Hotel Transforms & Keeps its Heritage Spirit – Design*Sponge

Frank Lloyd Wright building in Montana is demolished overnight – Archpaper.com

The exterior of the Lockridge Medical Clinic, pre-demolition. (Courtesy Montana Preservation Alliance)

The exterior of the Lockridge Medical Clinic, pre-demolition. (Courtesy Montana Preservation Alliance)

The FLWBC notes that this is the first viable, or mostly un-altered, Wright building to be torn down in 40 years, and that it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The demolition was done by developer Mick Ruis in Whitefish, Montana.

Source: Frank Lloyd Wright building in Montana is demolished overnight – Archpaper.com

Las Vegas Expands Discoveries Marketplace | HomeWorld Business

las vegas world market center

For buyers, Discoveries provides an array of found objects, antiques, repurposed and recycled home décor, furnishings, jewelry and clothing, all available for order writing and immediate delivery. These resources will be presented alongside Las Vegas Market’s existing Home and new Design Home categories, and concurrently with the debut of Artexpo Las Vegas as IMC seeks to develop cross-category synergies and efficiencies for buyers.

Source: Las Vegas Expands Discoveries Marketplace | HomeWorld Business

Sheboygan Armory online hype ‘very unusual,’ city official says

(Photo: Gary C. Klein/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin)

Officials from both groups gave similar explanations Monday for why they began marketing their proposals long before they’d normally be made public. In short, both wanted to get ahead of the city’s deliberations on the matter and get their ideas before a broad audience, hopefully generating public support for efforts to save a building whose future has long been in question.

Source: Sheboygan Armory online hype ‘very unusual,’ city official says

Demolition News » Video – Playing into the hands of protestors…

This video captures the moment when contractors took the roof off a home and sent bricks flying out onto power lines and the road; and knocked the water main open on the corner. Residents had been asking about the poor dust control measures moments before this happened

Source: Demolition News » Video – Playing into the hands of protestors…

Buck the trends | NWADG

OUT: There are a few trends interior designer, foodie and author Athena Calderone is happy to see the back of in 2017. “I would love to see reclaimed wood, industrial furnishings and rustic accents eradicated in 2018,” she tells us. “Design is moving toward a slightly more lush and sexy direction. Rustic on top of rustic just feels dated and excessive. Salvaged oddities were seen everywhere from the Brooklyn Flea to Brimfield in the past, and while many of these items are indeed treasures, it is true that too much of one thing is never a good idea.” Ain’t that the truth?

Source: Buck the trends | NWADG

Nelson couple rebuild home with materials salvaged from red-zoned cottage | Stuff.co.nz

Mike Moss, left with the kauri stairs of the new home at the Nelson Eco-Village. The dis-assembled home on Red Zoned ...

Mike Moss, left with the kauri stairs of the new home at the Nelson Eco-Village. The dis-assembled home on Red Zoned land in Christchurch was shipped it to Nelson.

“It was a lot like a kid with a box of Lego, you have got one house made out of it and you pull it all to bits, put it back in the box and then make another one but it looks completely different.” He estimated a third of the materials used in the build were recycled. Some from their home in Christchurch, other parts from the demolition yard. He estimated the value of recycled materials in the house was about $150,000.

Source: Nelson couple rebuild home with materials salvaged from red-zoned cottage | Stuff.co.nz