Category Archives: Reuse Design

London Plan: New document to help architects embed circular economy principles | News | Architects Journal

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Prasad would like to see architects ‘go for it’ even without the requirements of the London Plan. He said: ‘Circular economy applies to buildings of all scale and all types, and I would love to see it being applied to smaller buildings than the threshold indicates at the moment.’ He said this was not ‘a glum duty’ or ‘dreadful imposition’. ‘It’s a fantastic opportunity to innovate and think in different ways. And the lovely thing is, it can be done on so many fronts. As the name implies, the circular econo

Source: London Plan: New document to help architects embed circular economy principles | News | Architects Journal

A Vintage-Style Kitchen Remodel by Peg and Awl Marries Old and New

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The house was their living quarters, initial work space, and ongoing project—it had been added onto over the years, and the previous owner, a high school shop teacher, “trash picked historic doors and windows considered garbage,” says Margaux. “He used his finds to restore the rooms closer to their former, albeit frankensteined, self.”

Source: A Vintage-Style Kitchen Remodel by Peg and Awl Marries Old and New

How design decisions on materials are “disproportionately damning the world to further climate change” | TreeHugger

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Because of the Upfront Carbon emissions from building, groups like the World Green Building Council have suggested that we have to “question the need to use materials at all, considering alternative strategies for delivering the desired function, such as increasing utilisation of existing assets through renovation or reuse.” They also noted that we have to “prioritize materials which are low or zero carbon, responsibly sourced, and which have low lifecycle impact in other areas.”

Source: How design decisions on materials are “disproportionately damning the world to further climate change” | TreeHugger

Forget van life. Coloradans are living in school buses (a.k.a. skoolies)

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Charlie Kern, co-owner of Chrome Yellow, converts old school buses into homes on wheels on Sept. 3 in Arvada. (RJ Sangosti, The Denver Post)

“Honestly, I think part of it is that good-looking people on social media are doing it,” Kern said. “Plus, housing costs are high, especially in Denver and other major cities.”

Source: Forget van life. Coloradans are living in school buses (a.k.a. skoolies)

Lunar lander tiny house builder is having a blast on the Columbia River – oregonlive.com

A breakfast nook has a parquet wooden table from the first boat Hughes built and starship sleek bench seats in which to peer out of the planet-shaped glass. Hughes calls this his “Captain Nemo window,” a nod to one of his favorite childhood books, Jules Verne’s “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.”

Source: Lunar lander tiny house builder is having a blast on the Columbia River – oregonlive.com

Elizabeth Warren’s Crusade Against Corruption | The New Yorker

Elizabeth Warren speaking under the arch in Washington Square Park, in New York, on Monday night, to a crowd that her campaign says numbered more than twenty thousand people.Photograph by Drew Angerer / Getty

A lectern placed on top was made from reclaimed wood from the Maine home of Frances Perkins, the early-twentieth-century labor activist. According to Warren’s campaign, the lectern was built by craftspeople at a woman-owned woodworking company based in Brooklyn, who designed the base to resemble the soapboxes that Perkins and other labor organizers would have used. It was a stage set created to reflect the central theme of Warren’s campaign: the importance of the rights of working people, and the ways that

Source: Elizabeth Warren’s Crusade Against Corruption | The New Yorker

Do vintage electric guitars really sound better with age? – Guitar.com | All Things Guitar

Dennis Fano with a Serus T in Novo's Nashville workshop

Dennis Fano with a Serus T in Novo’s Nashville workshop

Dennis Fano’s Novo brand builds remarkable electric guitars from tempered and reclaimed timber, and we have never encountered structurally similar guitars with more natural resonance. I’ve also played some recent ultra-high-end Les Paul replicas made from very old wood that already sound like they’re decades old.

Source: Do vintage electric guitars really sound better with age? – Guitar.com | All Things Guitar

thomas dambo builds 7 giant trolls made from reclaimed wood in belgian forest

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using old shelves, pallets, and branches from fallen trees, dambo has built the giant wooden trolls. the installation marks the 15th anniversary of the electronic festival as a gift to the local community. over 200 volunteers helped to collect the materials needed before dambo and a crew of 15 people spent 25 weeks building the sculptures.

Source: thomas dambo builds 7 giant trolls made from reclaimed wood in belgian forest

Eccentric Inventor John Hays Hammond Jr. Built A Castle in Gloucester

The castle’s exterior mixes architectural styles, including 13th-century French Gothic. / Photo by Michele Snow

He scoured Europe for architectural salvage, buying up archways, façades, windows, and wall panels from the rubble of World War I. These centuries-old artifacts were incorporated alongside new construction materials (including wood intentionally weathered with seawater for an old-timey look). The result so impressed John D. Rockefeller, an avid art collector, that the tycoon used it as a model for the Cloisters in New York—the only museum in the United States to exclusively showcase art from the Middle Ages

Source: Eccentric Inventor John Hays Hammond Jr. Built A Castle in Gloucester

Rare octagon house is one of only a handful left in Minnesota | Star Tribune

Octagon houses were a thing in the 19th century.

They also completely remodeled the kitchen, adding marmoleum flooring, salvaged century-old walnut and birch cabinets, and a unique countertop. “We found a section of bowling alley lane. I edged it in walnut,” Sours said.

Source: Rare octagon house is one of only a handful left in Minnesota | Star Tribune

The Paris Researcher Pioneering a New Way to Recycle Building Materials

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Saint Pierre is sourcing her granite material directly from the building site for her prototypes (seen here), which she hopes will be incorporated into the new design. Courtesy Anna Saint Pierre

Acknowledging how large a carbon power the building industry is, Saint Pierre identifies the need for crafting new hybrid building blocks. This imperative has led her to formulate an atomistic understanding of architectonics. In her prototypes, stone slabs are smashed into rubble, then crushed into powders, compacted into terrazzo, or sandwiched into gabion walls.

Source: The Paris Researcher Pioneering a New Way to Recycle Building Materials

How much is your building worth in the circular economy, Mr Foster? | Opinion | Architects Journal

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Material passports specify the position, availability and value of the materials in your buildings. They support the circular economy by making it easier to identify and reuse products, tapping into inherent value rather than squandering it and starting from scratch. Instead of ‘crushing buildings into pretty useless rubble,’ as circular economy expert Duncan Baker-Brown of BBM Sustainable Design explains, material passports make beneficial deconstruction, or even keeping a building, more likely.

Source: How much is your building worth in the circular economy, Mr Foster? | Opinion | Architects Journal

Atlanta homes: West End industrial bungalow made of salvaged materials

Connolly, who works as a contractor, did all the home designs himself, and after a renovation lasting a year and a half in which he got almost all of the building materials necessary from reclaimed and salvaged sources, the West End bungalow now functions as a guesthouse, home office and extra living space, plus it gives Ross’ and Connolly’s four dogs (and often a foster dog or two) a double backyard in which to run and play.

Source: Atlanta homes: West End industrial bungalow made of salvaged materials

An Uncanny Mountain Monument Is the Focus of an Outsider Artist for Half a Century

The main building on the Mountain Thunder Monument site

Like everything in the complex, the main building — whose lofted archway is the most visible feature from the adjacent highway — is adorned with fragments of architectural salvage and repurposed refuse, and guarded by several statuary works. Some of these are modeled entirely from scratch, while others incorporate found materials that create a commentary on the ways in which American Indians have been displaced within colonial culture.

Source: An Uncanny Mountain Monument Is the Focus of an Outsider Artist for Half a Century

Port salvage beyond peer | The West Australian

Timber salvaged after upgrades at Geraldton Fishing Boat Harbour was turned into a striking board room table by a Geraldton furniture designer.

Timber salvaged after upgrades at Geraldton Fishing Boat Harbour was turned into a striking board room table by a Geraldton furniture designer.Picture: Geraldton Port Authority

Timbers and piles discarded during upgrades to part of Geraldton Fishing Boat Harbour last year have been given a new lease on life and turned into a piece of furniture which will serve as a reminder of Geraldton’s maritime history.

Source: Port salvage beyond peer | The West Australian

GLEAN Portland

GLEAN, Portland, Oregon

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New medical school cafe to honor Factory St. building | Campus News | athensnews.com

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9 Factory St. is due for demolition in mid-June. Photo by Terry Smith.

“We’re focusing on iconic aspects of the Factory Street building, and repurposing materials where it makes sense to capture that building’s character as part of the new construction,” Ken Johnson, D.O., executive dean of the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, said in the release. “We have found some beautiful and creative ways to honor 9 Factory St. in the new facility’s café,” added Johnson, who also serves as OU’s chief medical affairs officer.

Source: New medical school cafe to honor Factory St. building | Campus News | athensnews.com

Old Wood Can Cost More Than New Lumber. People Want It Anyway. | realtor.com®

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In an orange dumpster one recent Sunday morning, between old bricks and trash bags, Heather Olsen struck gold: rustic wood beams that once held the floor of a 100-year-old house.

When Ann and Corey Limbaugh renovated the attic of their home in Seattle four years ago, she spent weeks calling local lumberyards for pre-used wood. Eventually, she found one that had just received boards from an old building in Idaho. She was told to hurry because they wouldn’t be there for long.

Source: Old Wood Can Cost More Than New Lumber. People Want It Anyway. | realtor.com®

Interview: Dan Barasch on Ruin and Redemption in Architecture – COOL HUNTING

“I’m more interested in diving a bit deeper, understanding the real history behind these abandoned spaces, and understanding how a ruin can be preserved and transformed into something altogether new. And I’m interested in the people behind these efforts, which are never easy—going well beyond the developers and architects that tend to get most of the credit.”

Source: Interview: Dan Barasch on Ruin and Redemption in Architecture – COOL HUNTING

This pipe maker is giving wood a new lease of life by turning them into pipes | Life | Malay Mail

Zulkarnain Saidin poses with pipes that he made in his home in Chemor, Perak April 1, 2019. — Pictures by Farhan Najib

Zulkarnain Saidin poses with pipes that he made in his home in Chemor, Perak April 1, 2019. — Pictures by Farhan Najib

Zulkarnain started making pipes about four years ago and he has made about 500 pipes, with half of them from the wood which are considered as waste.

Source: This pipe maker is giving wood a new lease of life by turning them into pipes | Life | Malay Mail

Firefighter’s steampunk lamps among antique and vintage show treasures | Ottawa Citizen

The Ottawa Antique & Vintage Market was held at Carleton University Saturday April 6, 2019. Brian Killeen’s Vint-Age Steampunk Industrial Lamps. ASHLEY FRASER / POSTMEDIA

“Riding down the back roads saving the past,” Killeen said with a twinkle in his eye. “I find all kinds of things.” Killeen’s Vint-Age Lamp lighting has now been shipped to customers across the United States and Europe and an imposing creation made a Royal Electric Company of Montreal gauge sits in the Parliament Hill office of his local MP.

Source: Firefighter’s steampunk lamps among antique and vintage show treasures | Ottawa Citizen

This New Hampshire resident built a surfboard out of 700 foam Dunkin’ coffee cups – The Boston Globe

Korey Nolan built an award-winning surfboard made from Dunkin' foam cups.

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Korey Nolan built an award-winning surfboard made from Dunkin’ foam cups.

Nolan, who has been surfing for about a decade, said he was inspired to build the board for the California-based Creators & Innovators Upcycle Contest, an international competition that calls on contestants to repurpose waste by turning it into something that can be used in the ocean.

Source: This New Hampshire resident built a surfboard out of 700 foam Dunkin’ coffee cups – The Boston Globe

This gorgeous LEED Platinum winery is made of reclaimed wood

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The family-owned Silver Oak Cellars winery was established in 1972 and has since become world-renowned for its award-winning Cabernet Sauvignon.

Tucked into the rolling hills of Alexander Valley, the solar-powered Silver Oak winery design, which was made with repurposed materials, has already earned a LEED-Platinum certification and is on track to become the one of the world’s most sustainable wineries.

Source: This gorgeous LEED Platinum winery is made of reclaimed wood

we talk salvage style with retrouvius | Livingetc

A family home was remodelled by the team at Retrouvius – the reclaimed flooring was specifically designed for hosting cocktail parties.

Some 26 years later, they now rule the roost of the London salvage scene, with both a warehouse trove of reclaimed products and a design studio that specialises in refurbishing top-end properties using rescued materials in a modern context.

Source: we talk salvage style with retrouvius | Livingetc

Elegant furniture made with discarded cables from Golden Gate Bridge | TreeHugger

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Where do bridges go when they die? Or more specifically, where do the pieces of large infrastructure go when they get demolished or repaired? Well, one company is finding one intriguing way to recycle old, discarded scrap cables from San Francisco’s iconic Golden Gate Bridge — by incorporating them into elegant and timeless pieces of furniture.

Source: Elegant furniture made with discarded cables from Golden Gate Bridge | TreeHugger