Category Archives: Reuse Design

‘Trash Has Value’: Black Woman Engineer Turns Plastic Into Bricks That Are Reportedly Stronger Than Concrete

Nzambi Matee, a 30-year-old who quit her job in oil and gas to work on her passion full-time, has created a lightweight and low-cost building material that is made of recycled plastic with sand to make bricks that are stronger than concrete material.

 

Source: ‘Trash Has Value’: Black Woman Engineer Turns Plastic Into Bricks That Are Reportedly Stronger Than Concrete

Big tourism boost for Mandurah as it welcomes Australian-first sculpture trail | Kalgoorlie Miner

Thomas Dambo’s troll sculptures have been exhibited all over the world. Pictured: his piece ‘The six forgotten giants - little Tilde’ based in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Thomas Dambo’s troll sculptures have been exhibited all over the world. Pictured: his piece ‘The six forgotten giants – little Tilde’ based in Copenhagen, Denmark. Credit: Lars W. Jensen

Based in Denmark, Dambo is the world’s most prominent ‘recycle artist,’ best known for giant troll sculptures all made from reclaimed materials.

Source: Big tourism boost for Mandurah as it welcomes Australian-first sculpture trail | Kalgoorlie Miner

My Forest Cabin Is Built on Stilts With Recycled Materials

Alter cabin from Shoe Lake

Lloyd Alter’s cabin in Shoe Lake, Ontario, Canada. Lloyd Alter

The doors were grabbed from an office renovation, probably installed in the ’80s and replaced in the ’90s. The dining room table is cut out of a bowling alley, on a base my dad made; it was in his cottage for years. My dad also made the sideboard—it’s made from the floors of shipping containers.

Source: My Forest Cabin Is Built on Stilts With Recycled Materials

Maybe awards should celebrate co-operation rather than competition

Not to mention: What steps were taken to source reclaimed materials? How was the water footprint of the materials reduced? What was done to ensure that the extraction and processing of the materials caused no ill health in communities local to their manufacture? How was renewable energy generation capacity increased either on or off site? How did the project reduce the energy consumption of the building’s users? How did the project reverse ecological harms?

Source: Maybe awards should celebrate co-operation rather than competition

A Suburban Virginia Spec House That’s a Mix of Ultra-Modern Features and Reclaimed Wood From the Property

The rear of the home has multi-level patios and sitting areas and a heated pool and spa. Eddie Avenue Photography

This unusual new spec house in the Virginia suburbs offers an old-fashioned mix of hardwood flooring milled from trees on the property and reclaimed materials from the former house on the site that’s been paired with ultra-modern features.

Source: A Suburban Virginia Spec House That’s a Mix of Ultra-Modern Features and Reclaimed Wood From the Property

AJ Small Projects winner: How Akin Studio designed its treehouse on stilts

Akin Studio won the AJ Small Projects Award 2022 last week for its ‘treehouse’ in rural Herefordshire.

Have you learned anything in terms of materials on this project that you might use on other schemes? The clients are incredibly resourceful, and we learnt to embrace reclaimed materials, as well as the importance of reuse and considering the afterlife of building components. In the case of Drovers’ Bough, the exposed structural elements are all carefully bolted together allowing for future disassembly or replacement, and many parts of the project were made from surplus materials or reclaimed products.

Source: AJ Small Projects winner: How Akin Studio designed its treehouse on stilts

1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge Is Secretly One of NYC’s Most Wellness-Focused Retreats

Photo credit: 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge

Photo credit: 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge

Hotel Brooklyn Bridge will have you booking a room for the views of the eponymous man-made wonder yet reveling in the amenities upon your arrival. Billed as a hotel of “sustainable luxury,” the five-star hotel was designed by location artists using reclaimed materials and native greenery, lending to the tranquility of the space.

Source: 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge Is Secretly One of NYC’s Most Wellness-Focused Retreats

Linda Boronkay designs Osborn House – a whimsical country retreat in Australia • Hotel Designs

Image credit: Osborn House / Alan Jenson

“Just like a certain song or fragrance can have an incredible emotional impact on us, we believe design has the same power to evoke positive memories and feelings,” said Boronkay. “The combination of reclaimed materials paired with rich and tactile fabrics, curated objects from around Europe and personal touches in the different spaces will make you feel like you are being embraced by an interesting individual.”

Source: Linda Boronkay designs Osborn House – a whimsical country retreat in Australia • Hotel Designs

I make my fetish gear from recycled tires to help save the planet

G Martin in the warehouse where she sources her materials

The eco-friendly fashion designer sources her materials from a nearby industrial estate to create her looks.
Jam Press/@broke_boutique

A London-based fashion designer is turning recycled rubber into 1970s punk rock-inspired accessories.East Londoner G Martin, 34, repurposed nearly 688 pounds of rubber that would be piling up in landfills by turning it into rockin’ recycled fashion pieces.

Source: I make my fetish gear from recycled tires to help save the planet

Main Street Arts Festival returns Thursday in Fort Worth | Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Artist Dolan Geiman of Denver readies his sculptures and collages = made from reclaimed materials – in preparation for a past Main St. Arts Festival. The festival returns April 7 downtown.

In February, festival officials announced that PNC Bank signed on as a long-term supporting member of the festival.

Source: Main Street Arts Festival returns Thursday in Fort Worth | Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Concrete Made From Old Tires Proves Tougher and More Sustainable – COOL HUNTING®

They monitored and compared the material’s performance, finding that the crumb rubber had higher impact-resistance, toughness, ductility, damping ratio and better thermal and acoustic insulation. “The results clearly show that crumb rubber cement is a viable and promising alternative to conventional concrete,” says author of the study Professor Yan Zhuge.

Source: Concrete Made From Old Tires Proves Tougher and More Sustainable – COOL HUNTING®

The Landfill of the Future | Hakai Magazine

illustration of blueprints over a photo of a landfill

He reflected on what this abundance of waste could mean in a region with limited economic activity. The result? An ambitious, wide-ranging waste management company Wiper dubbed 3F Waste Recovery. “3F is founded on the principle that every molecule that comes through our door, we want to have an application for it,” Wiper explains. “My vision is the landfill of the future—where producers can take anything they haven’t processed, to break it down into a form that has a function.”

Source: The Landfill of the Future | Hakai Magazine

How this scrap junkie turns old vans into unique homes and venues | Metro News

Stargaze Camperbus interior.

This van has a distinctive Nordic feel (Picture: D+)

‘It’s pretty tragic that there’s no second-hand market value as some vehicles might be 20 years-old but they only have only 40,000 miles on the clock. I guess we are scrap angels – we see their potential and love the challenge of giving them a new purpose by turning them into something fun, useful and really cool.’

Source: How this scrap junkie turns old vans into unique homes and venues | Metro News

Recycled Glassworks | Glass Plates, Glass Bowls, Glass Platters from Upcycled Windows – Recycled Glassworks

Square Platter “Honeycomb”, curved Serving platter 12″
Clear window glass meets wire. You’d swear the wire is still there. Believe me, it’s not — just its spectacular and forever glowing trace.

Every piece is cut from used window-type glass, and kiln-fired over molds that give them their new form, as well as a brand new life.

Source: Recycled Glassworks | Glass Plates, Glass Bowls, Glass Platters from Upcycled Windows – Recycled Glassworks

Brique-Recyc gives old bricks new life with innovative quick cleaning machine – constructconnect.com

Three years in the making, the patented machine cleans 99 per cent of a brick through a process involving a concrete grinder that allows the cleaning of the brick extremities.

COURTESY CAROLINE PERRON PHOTOGRAPHIES — Three years in the making, the patented machine cleans 99 per cent of a brick through a process involving a concrete grinder that allows the cleaning of the brick extremities.

Chifa says Maçonnerie Gratton calculates the brick recycling machine can eliminate up to 5.9 tonnes of CO2 emissions in the restoration of a 1,000 square foot brick wall. “Throughout Quebec and Canada this means a lot because we are all about bricks,” Stoia says. The recycling machine “sets the tone” for municipalities and the province to consider legislation on the reuse of construction materials. She adds recycling bricks for reuse helps to conserve Quebec’s architectural past.

Source: Brique-Recyc gives old bricks new life with innovative quick cleaning machine – constructconnect.com

Building a world free from waste and pollution | by Ellen MacArthur Foundation | Circulate | Medium

The construction industry is notoriously fragmented, with different sub-contractors often designing and developing parts of buildings without interacting with one another, which means opportunities to reuse materials are missed. However, if each component had a digital ‘passport’ which clearly defined its material composition alongside possible reuse options, materials would be far less likely to be wasted.

Source: Building a world free from waste and pollution | by Ellen MacArthur Foundation | Circulate | Medium

Mercedes’ unveils futuristic electric car concept : NPR

The carpets in the VISION EQXX are made from 100% bamboo fiber, and the seats are made of mushroom fibers and cactus fibers.
Mercedes-Benz AG – Communications/Mercedes-Benz AG

The interior of the VISION EQXX is free of animal products — its seats are made of mushroom fibers and cactus fibers. The carpets are made of bamboo, and the interior plastic is made out of trash that would typically be in a landfill. Using these materials halve the carbon footprint of leather, according to Mercedes.

Source: Mercedes’ unveils futuristic electric car concept : NPR

Sustainability Report 2021: ROCKWOOL products sold in 2021 will save annually more energy than one million homes consume every year | MarketScreener

One of these goals relates to ROCKWOOL’s offering reclaimed materials services, Rockcycle. The service facilitates the take back of ROCKWOOL stone wool products from construction or demolition sites and ensures the material is reused or recycled, helping to address the challenge of construction waste accounting for more than one-third of all solid waste globally.

Source: Sustainability Report 2021: ROCKWOOL products sold in 2021 will save annually more energy than one million homes consume every year | MarketScreener

This disused grain silo that was converted into a micro-home is destined for the pages of Dr. Seuss – Yanko Design

Student designer Stella van Beers converted a disused grain silo into a two-story micro-home, fit for the pages of a Dr. Seuss adventure.

Plotted all over the Netherlands’ countryside, grain silos are largely going out of use due to a country-wide reduction of livestock, leading to lower demand for grain. Converting the disused silos into a functional and quirky place of respite, Stella van Beers renovated the cylindrical unit into a micro home.

Source: This disused grain silo that was converted into a micro-home is destined for the pages of Dr. Seuss – Yanko Design

Board by Board, the Detritus of Old Provincetown Becomes a Home – The Provincetown Independent

Zakharevich’s house tells the story of his attachment to Provincetown.

“It’s easier to make something with three two-by-fours and a piece of plywood,” Zakharevich says. Instead, he has taken the hard road, scouring dumpsters, construction sites, and beaches for used wood and then doing the tedious work of removing nails, sanding, and cleaning it before finding just the right use for it.

Source: Board by Board, the Detritus of Old Provincetown Becomes a Home – The Provincetown Independent

At This Armenian Restaurant, the Ovens Are Satellite Dishes – Gastro Obscura

The satellite dish in action on a sunny day.

The satellite dish in action on a sunny day.

Armenian scientists Gregor Mnatsakanyan and Vahan Hamazaspyan originally created the satellite dishes with dreams of distributing them around the country. Hamazaspyan, a pioneer in the study of solar energy use, began developing the first prototypes in the 1980s, after the devastating Spitak earthquake. Satellite solar ovens, he hoped, would feed his countrymen affordably during hard times

Source: At This Armenian Restaurant, the Ovens Are Satellite Dishes – Gastro Obscura

Reclaimed Details Are in for 2022 – Here’s How Designers Are Putting the Trend To Use | Southern Living

Walnut Island in White Kitchen

CREDIT: EMILY GREEN; SQFT NASHVILLE

“We have used materials in every room, but the main area seems to be the kitchen,” she says, noting walnut as a popular choice for kitchen island tops. “As this is the main room people always seem to congregate in, reclaimed materials serve as conversation starters.”

Source: Reclaimed Details Are in for 2022 – Here’s How Designers Are Putting the Trend To Use | Southern Living

Philly area farmhouse built out of reclaimed stone, wood, bricks

Stone on the 7,000-square-foot house came from an early 1800s barn in upstate Pennsylvania. The arches in the porte-cochère and entrance are an homage to the house where Maggie Polisano grew up in Florida.

Stone on the 7,000-square-foot house came from an early 1800s barn in upstate Pennsylvania. The arches in the porte-cochère and entrance are an homage to the house where Maggie Polisano grew up in Florida.
ALEJANDRO A. ALVAREZ / Staff Photographer

“The brick in the mudroom is from a demo in South Philly, the Belgian block is from a demo under the Ben Franklin Bridge, the large ceiling beams are from a barn in upstate N.Y., and the supports for the glass shelves behind the bar are bucket hooks from our horse stables.”

Source: Philly area farmhouse built out of reclaimed stone, wood, bricks

Danes don’t want their vintage furniture. This company has upcycled 10

[Photo: courtesy Lanoba Design]

But in a world where Americans throw out more than 12 million tons of furniture per year, it has also championed circular design by breathing new life in Danish castoffs, carving itself a cozy (dare I say hygge) niche in an oversaturated furniture market.

Source: Danes don’t want their vintage furniture. This company has upcycled 10

How interior designers are fighting waste – Design Week

1 Hotel Toronto, by Rockwell Group

Intrinsic in the mission of all three designers is the desire to prove that sustainable interior design methods are just as useful and effective as environmentally unfriendly counterparts. “When you’re working with waste it can obviously come with negative connotations,” El Baz says. “But through good design and good material research, we’re trying to show that there really isn’t an aesthetic difference in the outcome.”

Source: How interior designers are fighting waste – Design Week

Bold is Beautiful | Architecture Now

A simple form with a steeply pitched roof and some quirky detailing makes this house stand out in its suburban setting. Image: Camille Khouri

The owner also found “these beautiful old rimu doors, which add to the industrial aesthetic inside. The main front door has stained glass panels. We were trying to balance the use of reclaimed materials with the thermal performance of the building, so these internal doors were an easy addition.”

Source: Bold is Beautiful | Architecture Now

Castle nestled in Brogo countryside on Far South Coast NSW a unique project requiring passion and energy | Magnet | Eden, NSW

Gerry Theodorakis stands at the main entrance to the castle, where a Georgian-style columned portico will soon be built. Photo: Leah Szanto

Gerry Theodorakis stands at the main entrance to the castle, where a Georgian-style columned portico will soon be built. Photo: Leah Szanto

Gerry likes to use reclaimed materials wherever possible and has sourced many stunning additions to both the structure of the residence and the décor contained within, including tiles embedded with fossils, French period-style lighting and solid handcrafted antique timber furniture, most of which is very ornate. “I detest waste and always use as many recycled materials as I possibly can,” he said.

Source: Castle nestled in Brogo countryside on Far South Coast NSW a unique project requiring passion and energy | Magnet | Eden, NSW

Plans for Decaying Block Officially Approved

The approved plans for the block include the development of 62 dwelling units, configured as 31 duplexes rising up to 35 feet in height, with 28 two-bedrooms, 34 three-bedrooms, a total of 62 off-street parking spaces and a 0.38-acre public park/community garden/open space on the southwest corner of the block, with two rebuilt greenhouses and a new “boiler house” shed, leveraging reclaimed materials from the existing structures “as feasible.”

Source: Plans for Decaying Block Officially Approved

Art foundation in Oregon is a green space for creating – Inhabitat

A geometric blue building that has its lights turned on inside

Bodecker Foundation, Portland, Oregon

“The warehouses were cut into and modified, while retaining the memory of their historic boundaries,” Bodecker said. “Peeling back the roof of one and slicing the other, the warehouses were remixed and fused together with a new central core building.”

Source: Art foundation in Oregon is a green space for creating