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GLEAN exhibit blurs boundaries of “trash,” showcases artists at Lovejoy Square, Aug. 1 – 25

Inspiration often arrives in unexpected packages. See how five local artists – Vanessa Calvert, Jeremy Okai Davis, Asa Mease, Miel-Margarita Paredes and Lauren Prado – transformed a steady stream of the Portland area’s trash into art. Their works will be on display and sale at Lovejoy Square, 1313 NW Kearney St., Portland. Opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1. Gallery hours: noon to 5 p.m. Friday – Sunday. Ends Aug. 25. Wheelchair accessible. Gleanportland.com

Source: GLEAN Portland

Palo Alto to require construction crews to deconstruct sites, not demolish by 2020 | abc7news.com

“For too long, we have not done a good job at construction sites and we need to do that,” said Phil Bobel, assistant director for Public Works Palo Alto. Bobel authored the ordinance approved by city council last Monday. “You can’t just smash it and combine everything, so then it’s harder to recycle it or salvage it.”

Source: Palo Alto to require construction crews to deconstruct sites, not demolish by 2020 | abc7news.com

Brooklyn Children’s Museum installs a rooftop playscape made from reclaimed water tower wood | 6sqft

Nest, tri-lox, playground, design, children's museum

Inspired by the unique nests made by the baya weaver bird, Nest is made from reclaimed NYC water tower wood fashioned into an organic form; the woven landscape has a climbable exterior, circular hammock area and permeable interior space, all designed to foster free play and discovery.

Source: Brooklyn Children’s Museum installs a rooftop playscape made from reclaimed water tower wood | 6sqft

Google’s new circular economy strategy to ‘maximise reuse’ across its operations

A key focus of the strategy is that of the built environment. Image: Google

Landfill diversion from offices currently sits at 78% and Google is focusing on construction and deconstruction to contribute to its circular vision. Google has been implementing interior ‘salvage and reuse’ at the interior building scale since 2012. Last year, the company started work with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation to explore the triple bottom line benefits of deconstruction.

Source: Google’s new circular economy strategy to ‘maximise reuse’ across its operations

Councilman Squilla introduces bills to make it easier to reuse Philadelphia’s historic buildings

Councilman Squilla introduces bills to make it easier to reuse Philadelphia’s historic buildings

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Though still months away from being heard — or even enacted — Squilla’s bills mark significant progress for Philadelphia, which, despite having the second-most number of buildings constructed before 1945 in the U.S., has struggled to encourage developers to restore old and interesting buildings.

Source: Councilman Squilla introduces bills to make it easier to reuse Philadelphia’s historic buildings

Saint John throwing away ‘millions’ through demolition instead of deconstruction, former heritage planner says – New Brunswick | Globalnews.ca

“We have public policies that encourage people to buy a beverage bottle, consume the product, wash it, take it back to the redemption centre and accept half what what they paid for (in deposit) initially,” he began. “We have no such policy for buildings, which are usually the biggest, largest, most important financial investment of anybody’s lifetime.”

Source: Saint John throwing away ‘millions’ through demolition instead of deconstruction, former heritage planner says – New Brunswick | Globalnews.ca

Dropbox Derby — Lovett Deconstruction – Portland Waterfront Monday September 2

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Join us on Labor Day for the Annual Dropbox Derby.

Featuring Revive’s Flea Market Extravaganza! Monday September 2, 2019 10am – 4pm Eastbank Esplanade Parking Lots Between SE Salmon and Madison.

If you are a DIY fanatic, a design junky, or a fan of Portland’s quirky, innovative, and unique talent, then grab your friends and family and head down to the east waterfront on Labor Day for the Annual Dropbox Derby, Portland’s design-build challenge!

Source: Dropbox Derby — Lovett Deconstruction

Detroit firefighter takes on blight with deconstruction business

Gary Ringer. Photo by Stephen Koss.

Gary Ringer. Photo by Stephen Koss.

In 2013, he founded a company called Eco-Environmental Solutions as a grassroots way to address blight in the Detroit area. The company specializes in deconstruction, the process of taking apart old buildings and salvaging parts of them for reuse. In doing this work, Ringer draws on an understanding of structures he’s gleaned from his time as a firefighter as well as prior job experiences building massive homes in the suburbs of southeast Michigan.

Source: Detroit firefighter takes on blight with deconstruction business

‘The house found us’: A peek inside Chicago churches converted to homes, apartments and condos – Chicago Tribune

Synagogue Flats

Built in 1922, the former Agudas Achim Synagogue in Uptown stopped operating as a religious institution in 2008 — a decade later, it was renovated and turned into chic residential housing units. Synagogue Flats opened in March 2019.- Original Credit: Flats (Flats)

The perks of living in a former religious institution range from the aesthetics to the memorable moments. Currey said she still bumps into people who either went to church at her property as kids or attended weddings there.

Source: ‘The house found us’: A peek inside Chicago churches converted to homes, apartments and condos – Chicago Tribune

The power and possibility of adaptive reuse | Build Design + Construction

Relative to new construction, renovation generally has a higher proportion of labor expense and a lower proportion of material expense. According to the Green Lab report, historic rehabilitation has a 32-year track record of creating two million jobs and generating $90 billion in private investment. These are by no means small numbers, and they reinforce the value of reusing, rather than tearing down, existing buildings.

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In a ‘Recycled’ House, Details That Will Grow on You – The New York Times

 

A bathroom tile pattern in a Los Angeles home built largely with reclaimed materials was designed to look like a colony of bacteria, based on images obtained from an electron microscope.CreditCreditCris Nolasco Studios

Mr. Pallrand’s master bedroom is paneled in redwood that Pacific Redwood culled from a decommissioned bridge built in 1925 in Humboldt County, its knotholes and bolt-holes still visible. The Philippine mahogany table, now carved with a mycelium-inspired runner down the center, was hewed from 1920s-era church pews that a congregation in Santa Monica, Calif., was dumping.

Source: In a ‘Recycled’ House, Details That Will Grow on You – The New York Times

These Are the World’s Biggest Producers of Waste – 24/7 Wall St.

Between 30% and 35% of the total amount of generated waste in most developed countries is attributed to building sector activities such as building construction, renovation, and demolition processes, according to the official EU statistical data. In many countries on our list, the construction industry is often the largest culprit, generating more than 90% of the total waste produced in a country.

Source: These Are the World’s Biggest Producers of Waste – 24/7 Wall St.

WorldGBC to focus on embodied carbon across construction industry

WorldGBC will highlight the need for the sustainable production, design, build, use, deconstruction and reuse of buildings and their materials Buildings and construction together account for 36% of global final energy use and 39% of energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions when upstream power generation is included.

Source: WorldGBC to focus on embodied carbon across construction industry

New architect sought for SHS boathouse after recent shift to ‘adaptive reuse’ | Stonington | thewesterlysun.com

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A view of the site of the proposed Mystic River Boathouse Park off of Greenmanville Avenue in Mystic.

O’Neill also noted the new direction for the boathouse would satisfy those who feel the project would benefit from a more historical maritime approach. The site falls within the Rossie Velvet Mill Historic District and contains two buildings classified as “contributing resources” to the historic district.

Source: New architect sought for SHS boathouse after recent shift to ‘adaptive reuse’ | Stonington | thewesterlysun.com

Renovation respects home’s history | Stuff.co.nz

The timber wall and ceiling wrap is an example of the couple's reuse policy.

The timber wall and ceiling wrap is an example of the couple’s reuse policy.

“She’s very conscious of waste in general, avoiding things going to landfill but also keeping things in the house as part of its story,” Higham says. They re-used a lot of rimu in particular from the original flooring, door frames, skirting boards and framing.

Source: Renovation respects home’s history | Stuff.co.nz

Architectural artifacts from two demolished 1909 Upper East Side mansions will be for sale | 6sqft

A trove of original architectural ornaments is being offered by the dealer, including “magnificent complete paneled rooms, finely carved marble mantels, elegant stair railings in iron or carved wood, leaded glass windows, parquet flooring, and so on.”

Source: Architectural artifacts from two demolished 1909 Upper East Side mansions will be for sale | 6sqft

In St. Louis, former houses of worship are retooled to meet the city’s needs – Religion News Service

A halfpipe occupies the nave of the former St. Liborius Catholic Church in Old North St. Louis. The church has been converted into SK8 Liborious in recent years. RNS photo by Bill Motchan

St. Liborius Roman Catholic Church in Old North St. Louis, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was once called the “Cathedral of the North Side.” More recently, the massive structure has been appreciated on social media as “the sickest, gnarliest place ever.”

Source: In St. Louis, former houses of worship are retooled to meet the city’s needs – Religion News Service

Council goes circular on construction waste | OurAuckland

The Auckland region is in the midst of a major building boom. Whilst this is good news for new homebuyers, it generates a lot of waste that usually ends up being sent to landfill.

The council is working to adopt a deconstruction and soft strip approach as a standard. The deconstruction methodology sees buildings carefully taken down, bit by bit, to recover materials so that they can be re-used elsewhere. This can include building fittings and fixtures, such as seating, light fittings, kitchen and bathroom sinks, as well as important building componentry and materials such as trusses, timber, corrugated iron, and steel.

Source: Council goes circular on construction waste | OurAuckland

Wood from closed Hazel Park Raceway salvaged, donated to reclaimed wood businesses in Detroit

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The salvaged wood is being made into one-of-a -kind products like this table. Each piece is engraved with the Hazel Park Raceway logo. Photo by: Hand-out/Ashley Capital

“We jumped at the opportunity,” said Sam Constantine, co-founder and co-owner of The End Grain Woodworking Company , which makes products using old wood from buildings throughout Detroit. “Each piece has its own story, and we make sure it continues to be told instead of getting lost in a landfill.”

Source: Wood from closed Hazel Park Raceway salvaged, donated to reclaimed wood businesses in Detroit

Deconstructing history: Alaska Picker salvages, upcycles WWII-er – KTVA 11 – The Voice of Alaska

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Deconstructing history isn’t easy. Turney puts hours of sweat into the process, prying out rusty nails that haven’t budged in more than 50 years.This is the second Quonset hut he’s helped reclaim in the past couple years. The patinaed metal will be a huge hit in his Palmer store.“Some people use it as wainscoting or on the trim of a bar,” he said.

Source: Deconstructing history: Alaska Picker salvages, upcycles WWII-er – KTVA 11 – The Voice of Alaska

On a Mission to Reuse the Past — ecoRI News

Rhode Island residents Mary Gervais, right, and Cindy Bogart recently launched a website to help people connect to past practices and materials. (Maaike Bernstrom)

Rhode Island residents Mary Gervais, right, and Cindy Bogart recently launched a website to help people connect to past practices and materials. (Maaike Bernstrom)

It’s designed to help visitors repurpose items and materials, from antique plumbing to reclaimed wood. It’s about building new from old. It’s about buying local.

Source: On a Mission to Reuse the Past — ecoRI News

Richmond council pushes for more salvage, including wood waste | Burnaby Now

Demolition

“I don’t think (the fee increase) goes far enough,” he said, adding that “there should be a law that you either move the house or use portions of it to build a new house or disassemble it board by board so it can be used.”

Source: Richmond council pushes for more salvage, including wood waste | Burnaby Now

Upcycling Wood: Disused Materials Transformed Into Valuable And Useful Objects | ArchDaily

In his book Upcycling Wood, Reutilización creativa de la madera, the architect and artist Bruno Sève writes and edits a non-exhaustive guide of the uses and possibilities of recovered wood, as a framework for responsible reuse; from small scale, such as furniture or artists’ canvases, to medium scale, with its use in interiors and facades.

Source: Upcycling Wood: Disused Materials Transformed Into Valuable And Useful Objects | ArchDaily

The Best Repurposed Buildings In Abandoned City Spaces Photos

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We love witnessing the creative repurposing of such abandoned city spaces — factories that become cool lofts and offices, hotels that spring up out of old warehouses, and parks built atop old subway tracks. These reuses support the community and revive the decaying parts of a changing city, making it feel alive and whole again.

Source: The Best Repurposed Buildings In Abandoned City Spaces Photos

‘Art to Save the Sea’ exhibit coming to Gleneden Beach | Community | thenewsguard.com

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After learning about the unique process Washed Ashore has championed, interested artists and community organizers can apply for a multi-week artist residency in Bandon to dive deeper into their process and support the creation of future pieces of public art from marine debris.

Source: ‘Art to Save the Sea’ exhibit coming to Gleneden Beach | Community | thenewsguard.com

Old factories in Charlotte are being turned into restaurants | Charlotte Observer

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Last month, Duke Energy moved about 400 employees into its 83,000 square-foot space at Optimist Hall, a renovated former textile mill near NoDa and Optimist Park. Katherine Peralta KPERALTA@CHARLOTTEOBSERVER.COM

Corporations are moving into rehabbed warehouses for similar reasons restaurants are — for the trendy atmosphere. “Developers want to do a cool project. It’s not just about making money,” Klenk said.

Source: Old factories in Charlotte are being turned into restaurants | Charlotte Observer

Recycling building parts into new ones will save us overbuilding – UniSA professor | Adelaide Now

“If we can make use of and adapt existing building and infrastructure stock, we save new carbon and resources,” Dr Ness says.

Dr Ness says he was spurred on to write the book about overbuilding when, in 2015, the Adelaide City Council and State Government together claimed that emissions had declined even though city office stock had grown substantially.

Source: Recycling building parts into new ones will save us overbuilding – UniSA professor | Adelaide Now

Downtown: As ‘historic’ buildings fall, Heritage Commission chafes against limited role

On April 25, the New Hampshire Demolition crew had knocked down most of the former St. Peter’s main church and had a pile of stone to show for it. GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff

But if a property owner wants to tear down a historical building, there’s no law – local, state or otherwise – that can stop them once they’ve gone through the demolition permit process, Shank said.

Source: Downtown: As ‘historic’ buildings fall, Heritage Commission chafes against limited role

Tips to Reduce Environmental Footprint of Your Cleanup – The National Law Review

As an alternative to demolition, you may find a deconstruction company in your area that can take apart buildings and divert up to 90 percent of materials from landfills to reuse. You may also save money by selling or receiving a tax deduction from donating the used building materials. Endeavor to use treatment technologies that are designed to keep waste generation down.

Source: Tips to Reduce Environmental Footprint of Your Cleanup

NYC closes the loop on gypsum wallboard – Construction & Demolition Recycling

NYC closes the loop on gypsum wallboard

NYC’s VIA 57 West building was one of the first pilot projects to recycle all new construction gypsum trim scrap.

Beyond the environmental impacts, “We’re throwing away valuable resources when we’re not recycling this material,” Kaminsky says. “In landfills, when materials are layered on top of other materials in humid, anaerobic conditions, we can see hydrogen sulfide generation. Gypsum is a major contributor to hydrogen sulfide gas, which is associated with the ‘rotten egg’ smell people are familiar with.”

Source: NYC closes the loop on gypsum wallboard – Construction & Demolition Recycling

Saved from the wrecking ball and other success stories told on the Irvington Home Tour | OregonLive.com

1913 Craftsman: The house was built for William L. and Minnie McCabe, who owned a Portland stevedoring company.

The district, which earned a spot on the National Register of Historic Places, has the state’s largest, most diverse and intact collections of significant structures.

Source: Saved from the wrecking ball and other success stories told on the Irvington Home Tour (photos) | OregonLive.com

Lendager Group uses recycled materials to build Copenhagen townhouses

Lendager Group design Upcycle Studios in Denmark built from recycled materials

All of the wood was sourced from Danish manufacture Dinesen, which would otherwise have discharged and burned part of the material, while windows were sourced from old buildings that had been renovated.

Recycled concrete, repurposed double-glazing and discarded flooring boards were all used in the construction of Upcycle Studios, a Copenhagen housing development designed by Lendager Group.

Source: Lendager Group uses recycled materials to build Copenhagen townhouses

Step Inside Galveston’s Most Historic Homes — Preservation Keeps This Island Unique | PaperCity Magazine

Allen and Lulu Cameron House, built 1891, at 1126 Church Street

“There are few places in the country that have our quality and supply of historic properties. It’s what makes the island unique and a treasure for all who visit.”

Source: Step Inside Galveston’s Most Historic Homes — Preservation Keeps This Island Unique | PaperCity Magazine

Waste not: Company takes environmental approach to deconstruction in West Hawaii – West Hawaii Today

Re-use Hawaii founder Quinn Vittum talks about the salvaging operation at Kona Village Resort at their yard below the Kaloko Light Industrial Area. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

One company on Hawaii Island has assumed a more macro view of recycling and in only a year has filled an entire baseyard with salvaged material from demolished structures. Re-use Hawaii is a nonprofit deconstruction business, and the only one of its kind, focused on reducing the single largest landfill waste stream in the state.

Source: Waste not: Company takes environmental approach to deconstruction in West Hawaii – West Hawaii Today

Ellicott City paint-it-yourself business offers ‘reclaimed’ local art projects – Howard County Times

Ruth Smith pulls up the stencil to reveal a painted design on a block of reclaimed wood, during an a

Ruth Smith pulls up the stencil to reveal a painted design on a block of reclaimed wood, during an art class at Reclaimed By You, on Main Street in Ellicott City. (Amy Davis / Baltimore Sun)

“It was perfect and meant for me,” said Mundell, who works at Community Forklift and is also a customer at Reclaimed By You. “It’s such a unique and inspiring business where people are really creating connections and truly being a part of something local.”

Source: Ellicott City paint-it-yourself business offers ‘reclaimed’ local art projects – Howard County Times

Nottingham furniture company buys new headquarters | TheBusinessDesk.com

Chris Proctor (FHP), Nick Greene (Beck House Investments), Mark Godsell-Fletcher (Eat Sleep Live), Steve Gillott (FHP)

“This is the kind of period building that would normally be demolished, and we would use the wooden beams for hand crafting our furniture. So we are extremely proud and excited about restoring this building to its former glory and moving in as Eat sleep lives new home.”

Source: Nottingham furniture company buys new headquarters | TheBusinessDesk.com

Distinctive building in West Virginia may not stand much longer – West Virginia Explorer

Among the most remarkable landmarks in West Virginia, the Tyler County Poor farm continues to fall into disrepair.

Though fallen into disrepair, this remarkable landmark in rural Tyler County could still attract new development.

State officials say it belongs on the National Register of Historic Places, and some heritage-tourism experts consider it one of the most iconic structures in the state. But members of the county commission aren’t convinced it can be fixed after years of neglect.

Source: Distinctive building in West Virginia may not stand much longer – West Virginia Explorer