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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

Decon + Reuse ’17 Awards Nomination Form

Decon + Reuse ’17 Awards Nomination Form The work of developing the reuse, salvage and deconstruction industries is done everyday by dedicated individuals. At each conference we take a night to honor those people whose daily work has an outsize impact and benefits us all.

If you know a person or organization deserving of recognition for such activities, please nominate them here!

Awards this year will be recognized for folks who are working at the local level as well as those whose impact has been felt nationally. The BMRA reserves the right to make multiple awards in a category, transfer a nomination to another category, or not to designate any award in a category.

Source: Decon + Reuse ’17 Awards Nomination Form

BMRA News, July 2017

PDX RUST: A Community Reuse Forum Alongside DECON + REUSE ’17 Coming out of the recent passage of the deconstruction ordinance in Portland, Oregon as well as the event of DECON + REUSE ’17 coming to the city, Sara Badiali of Reclamation Administration and Barbara Kerr of United Neighborhoods for Reform felt it was time for the community to celebrate reuse in Portland.

The result of this is PDX RUST, or Portland ReUse for Societal Transformation. The basic premise of PDX Rust is this: A national conference on building materials reuse is coming to town; how can we get the local community involved with this issue and this resource of expertise?  By inviting venues like cafes and stores to host speaking events where 3 speakers talk about their experience and passion for reuse.

According to Sara Badiali, Portland loves a party, so if you create an event and give people a chance to share their passions, people will come.  The speakers can talk about reuse fashion, building materials, hacker/maker stuff — really anything to do with reuse.

This is an opportunity for DECON + REUSE ’17 conference-goers to get connected to the local community by attending, or even speaking at, PDX RUST events.  You can find out more about the events here.  Postings and calendar will be updated regularly, all the way up through the conference.  Check it out!

Source: BMRA News, July 2017

Wood-salvage firm preserves piece of Gardiner history – The Portland Press Herald

Brett Trefethen of Barn Boards and More last week inspects a second floor room, where wood is being reclaimed by his company at 18 Dennis St. in Gardiner, the former estate of Frank E. Boston. Photo by Kevin Bennett

“I have been going back and forth on those cupolas,” Trefethen said last week, while his crew was taking a break from salvaging wood and architectural features from the Dennis Street building before its planned demolition. “If I can locate a buyer, I will do it, because then it makes more sense to rent the crane truck,” he said. That can cost hundreds of dollars, but a well-built cupola more than a century old can command thousands of dollars.

Source: Wood-salvage firm preserves piece of Gardiner history – The Portland Press Herald

Misinformation: Deconstruction of an old house can provide huge tax benefits for property owners – The Washington Post

cropped-Bruces-Snake-Offical-Logo.jpgThis is a shockingly misinformed article by the Washington Post on deconstruction appraisals and tax deduction. Very few professional appraisers in the building material reuse industry use this method. This article likely encouraging tax fraud.

If you are interested in information on how to have building material appraisals performed, and accurate tax documentation for you donation please contact:

ReUse Consulting or the Building Material Reuse Association 

The Ivanova appraisal report documented that her donation had a fair market value of $131,500. The net amount of the donation represented a $51,000 tax benefit. The family received a substantial tax refund.

Source: Deconstruction of an old house can provide huge tax benefits for property owners – The Washington Post

Baltimore rowhouse wood gets new life as furniture – Baltimore Sun

Peter Martin, carpenter, Sandtown Millworks, sands a large piece of wood salvaged in Baltimore. The reclaimed wood is used to make furniture. Kim Hairston, Baltimore Sun

When Bolster started renovating rowhouses 20 years ago, he noticed that very few people in the industry saved the wood they pulled out of the homes. “It all ended up in landfills,” he said. “I started saving some of the wood because the character of it was so much more fantastic than new wood.” Some of the first creations to come from Bolster’s shop were made of wood salvaged from houses in Baltimore’s Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood — hence the name. “Many of our designs are driven by the wood dimensions we pulled from those rowhouses,” he said. During the past couple of years, Bolster said, his furniture business has snowballed, rivaling his renovation company.

Source: Baltimore rowhouse wood gets new life as furniture – Baltimore Sun

Texans rethink acceptance of tiny house movement growing in Spur, TX | Inhabitat

In a bid to reverse the long population decline, Spur began marketing its relaxed building codes, low land prices, and access to ultra-high-speed fiber Internet to tiny house pioneers. While the plan to turn the town into a tiny house mecca appears to have worked—over 60 lots have been sold for around $500 a piece, and 40 more lots are being freed up for sale—talks of plans for yurts, off-grid dwellings, and underground earth homes unnerved some locals.

Source: Texans rethink acceptance of tiny house movement growing in Spur, TX | Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Charlie Hales Has a New Plan to Curb Demolitions | City | Portland Mercury

On February 17, Mayor Charlie Hales will introduce a proposal to city council that would provide some of those disincentives. The resolution, if passed, would direct the Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) to develop code requiring full deconstruction of all single-family homes and duplexes that were either built prior to 1916, or that are designated as historic resources. “I’m interested in doing a number of things to slow the rate of demolition of these great old buildings,” Hales says. “The ordinance requiring deconstruction itself isn’t a ‘Eureka!’ solution, but it’s one of three or four solutions that we hope will create a different picture in the future.”

Source: Charlie Hales Has a New Plan to Curb Demolitions | City | Portland Mercury

Creaky, leaky old bungalow gets cost-saving, energy efficient overhaul (before and after photos) | OregonLive.com

Usable parts of the aging house were repurposed. Bricks from the chimney are now part of the patio in the front of the house. All of the posts and beams in the basement were re-milled and reinstalled as exposed posts and beams in the first floor and above the stairway to support the roof​. The worn oak floors were milled down and re-​used in the second-floor ​sloped​ceilings​ and as a decorative screen for the loft space​. And all of the original fir studs and ​she​ath​ing ​boards​ were ​​milled down and reinstalled as wood mosaic accent walls.​ Even the linear light fixtures were designed by Ray Culi using existing wood from both the flooring and framing.

Source: Creaky, leaky old bungalow gets cost-saving, energy efficient overhaul (before and after photos) | OregonLive.com

Salvaged Rogerson Building Items to Help Communities Thrive | Southern Idaho Local News | magicvalley.com

Items Salvaged From the Rogerson Building

When Oxarango-Ingram, director of the Southern Idaho Rural Development, heard that the Rogerson building in downtown Twin Falls was set to be demolished, she saw an opportunity to save another historic building — the 1914 Rogerson School building — and many others like it in southern Idaho. Oxarango-Ingram works in 17 rural communities and wants not only to save old buildings, but also to help business and entrepreneurship thrive by occupying them. But in order for this to happen, towns need to assess the kinds of properties that would attract people.

Source: Salvaged Rogerson Building Items to Help Communities Thrive | Southern Idaho Local News | magicvalley.com

Go Ice Climbing this Winter – on an Iowa Grain Silo – DNR News Releases

Only in Iowa - try climbing a farm silo covered in ice! from Iowa Outdoors magazine

For more information on the Cedar Falls ice silo, visit www.siloiceclimbing.com.

Up to 50 people a weekend now show up at a barnyard in rural Cedar Falls to climb some of the most difficult ice you’ll find anywhere. Unlike frozen waterfalls and icy cliffs that generally have some slope, the silo goes straight up. Every inch of the climb is vertical, testing climber’s technique, gear, strength, stamina, and nerve. “The first time I climbed a silo, I remembered it as being really tough,” Briggs recalls. “I’d climbed natural ice before, and I got on this and I went ‘Wow!’ If you can climb a silo, you can climb almost anywhere.”

Source: Go Ice Climbing this Winter – on an Iowa Grain Silo – DNR News Releases

Nonprofit would divert waste stream to artists, locals | Triad City Beat

Repurposing unwanted materials into art isn’t a new concept for Paige Cox; she’s been doing since her childhood


The organization will rely on excess from industrial businesses in the area rather than personal donations. Think fabric swatches, leftovers from furniture making, select medical supplies, manufacturing test pieces, or fake flowers bought for one-time use at High Point’s furniture market, Cox said. Items that companies often pay someone to take away, or that raise the city’s cost of transporting its solid waste, would find a new home at Reconsidered Goods.

Source: Nonprofit would divert waste stream to artists, locals | Triad City Beat

Introducing Natural Building & Tiny Home Resource Pages!

Thanks to Michaela Harms 2014’s intern extraordinaire we have two new resource pages here at the RA.

You can find these links as a permanent feature in the right Resources column.

Natural Building

Tiny House

 Check out these newly updated resource pages too!

Reuse Centers & Materials

Construction and Demolition Recycling, Reuse & Adaptive Reuse Policies by City or County & State

Reuse Design Links

 

The Reclamation Administration Evolution | Indiegogo

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The Reclamation Administration  Contribute Here!

Since 2011 the RA has been a primary site for news and research on building material waste prevention. Posts on projects, programs, policy, people and the amazing progress made in reclaiming beautiful materials from going to waste!

  • Over 3,000 links to inspiring stories, collaboration, and design
  • Resource pages on reuse centers, regional policy, reuse design links
  • Original content articles, featured artists, announcements, and internships

The building material reuse community is a thriving growing industry of professionals and policy-makers who are changing the world for the better! The Reclamation Administration is uniting this diverse community through daily news.

The Reclamation Administration Needs to Increase Capacity!

This free site needs capital to evolve. We need $5,000 for:

  • Publication of our First Book on reclaimed designs by the talented craftspeople featured over the years
  • New Logo and Marketing campaign to reach more readers
  • Additional supply & demand Resource Pages to connect people to materials
  • To become a Limited Liability Corporation: The Reclamation Administration, LLC

If the funding goal isn’t reached, The Reclamation Administration will continue to provide these services but at a much slower pace. There is a high demand for inspirational news on reclaimed building materials – and we want to answer the call!

The Impact

The RA is an ongoing source of inspiration for design, policy, collaboration, business, environmental issues, job creation, and education.  The RA features daily information highlighting the “Triple Bottom Line” model of sustainability.  The RA provides daily news that People, Planet, and Profit are synergistic when reclaiming building materials.

  • Social change in the form of job creation, and the establishment of Deconstruction as a Trade Skill
  •  Environmental and ecological impact through reducing the waste stream and limiting the need for consuming raw materials
  •  Financial profit from creating a new industry in harvesting and producing products from reclaimed building materials

Over 100,000 people have visited the RA since it’s creation with an average of 100 new visitors a day. Over 400 readers are dedicated followers.

Risks & Challenges

The RA has been operating as a blog for over three years.  The new funds will go to registering The Reclamation Administration as a LLC. The RA is a Social Entrepreneurship – a business with a mission and we have a lot more to learn!

Here’s what we have so far:

  • Over three years of support in consistent & reliable information on building material reuse
  • Partnerships with national organizations, businesses, craftspeople, and government
  • Small business graduate through Mercy Corps North West

Other Ways You Can Help

If you can’t contribute financially send us your news instead!  We are always looking to spread the word and hear people’s stories on reuse. Send our campaign to someone you know, take a moment to pass it on – thank you.

  • Get the word out about The Reclamation Administration
  • Use the Indiegogo share tools!

via The Reclamation Administration Evolution | Indiegogo.

Little Relaxation Cabin Built From Mostly Salvaged Materials | Designs & Ideas on Dornob

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According to Diedricksen, the cabin wasn’t even planned – it just came along as kind of an afterthought during one of his small home building workshops. Being a long-time collector of salvaged and donated building materials, he had just about everything he needed on hand already.

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via Little Relaxation Cabin Built From Mostly Salvaged Materials | Designs & Ideas on Dornob.

Winners of Reuse Inspiration Contest go creative with castoffs – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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But the six winners of the 2014 Reuse Inspiration Contest are alike in one way: They all like a creative challenge. Oh, and free beer.

Jason Matukaitis makes industrial/Asian-style furniture from reclaimed wood and steel. This live-edge coffee table features an inlaid keystone.

via Winners of Reuse Inspiration Contest go creative with castoffs – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Thermal Bridging Guide Provides Energy Efficiency Solutions – Green Building Elements

Building Envelope Thermal Analysis Guide

The Building Envelope Thermal Analysis (BETA) Guide outlines how to effectively account for thermal bridging and is backed up by an extensive catalogue of thermal performance data.  This information is essential for practitioners evaluating building envelope thermal performance.

Researchers and regulators will be interested in the sections focused on market transformation, which includes an evaluation of cost effectiveness and energy savings in common large building types.

via Green Building Elements | From brick and mortar shops to city planning, we cover sustainable trends in construction, renovation, and more..

On Wisconsin: Wooden bullet helps researchers make affordable shelters : Wsj

Safe room testing

Bob Falk, a research engineer at Forest Products Laboratory in Madison, stands near an air cannon that fires 2-by-4s at 100 miles per hour into a wall designed for a tornado safe room. The walls of the room are made of interlocking pieces of lumber, making the rooms more affordable.

That’s why Falk and his team of engineers have been using an air cannon to fire, at 100 mph, 12-foot long, 15-pound southern pine 2-by-4s into specially designed walls made of some of the cheapest wood available.

The cannon mimics the forces of an F5 tornado with 250-mph winds. The lumber used to make the walls of the shelter is of such low quality, Falk had to specially order it because he couldn’t find it at area lumber yards or hardware stores.

“This is quite a resilient design,” Falk said after a test shot. “All we’re trying to do is absorb the energy.”

The goal is to create an economical wood-based shelter that can be easily constructed in a basement or garage by anyone halfway skilled with a hammer and saw. The process for making a tornado safe room could be similar to that of building a storage shed that comes in a kit.

“You buy the lumber, you take it home, you put it together,” Falk said. “And that’s an important aspect. Most safe rooms you can only put into new (homes).”

Safe room testing

via On Wisconsin: Wooden bullet helps researchers make affordable shelters : Wsj.

Juxtapoz Magazine – The Still of the Night in New Orleans

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After having his heart broken while attending Tulane University, Frank Relle turned to his neighborhood of the Garden District in New Orleans to stroll and clear his head at night. Four years after graduating college, he once again turned to his hometown for comfort during hard times and decided to begin photographing the homes and scenes that he was turing to by creating long exposure nighttime photographs.

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via Juxtapoz Magazine – The Still of the Night in New Orleans.

Vacated – justinblinder.com

Jesus, get this guy to Portland!

Or, just go see Justin Blinder’s amazing work here.

Vacated reverse engineers Google Street View to highlight the changing landscape of various neighborhoods throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn. The project finds buildings constructed in the past four years using the NYC Department of City Planning’s PLUTO dataset, and it leverages Google Street View’s cache to visualize absent lots just before new buildings were constructed. For Envision 2017’s website, the ages of other buildings on these same blocks are also shown in each scene.

via Vacated – justinblinder.com.

Nefelejcs – YouTube

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“We live in Budapest, Hungary. The project was made in the 8th district, in an area of suspicoius reconstructions. Beautiful old buildings are demolished for replacing them with new ugly buildings made of cheap and bad materials. The idea was to create a memorial painting of a demolished building.

Nefelejcs – YouTube.

A’ Design Award and Competition

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In a world where there are millions of products and designs launch each year, the award was born out of the desire to underline the best designs and well designed products. The award-winning products and designs are highlighted to the international public via the A’ Design Award Gala-Night and Exhibition in Italy and they are communicated to all relevant press across the world.

A’ Design Award and Competition is organized under various categories based on locorno classification, economic sectors and industries. See the full list of design competition categories.

via A’ Design Award and Competition – Categories.

Motorbike Graveyard in Western New York | Urban Ghosts |

OH DEAR LORD – this is causing deep unbridled pain!!

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(All images by Chris Seward (Google Plus), cc-nc-nd-4.0)

According to photographer Chris Seward, this extensive motorcycle graveyard lingered in an abandoned building near the Erie Canal in Western New York, long after the structure itself had been condemned. The owner of the building reportedly died in the 1970s and the bikes – some of them antiques – remained on site until recently, when the place was finally cleared.

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via Motorbike Graveyard in Western New York | Urban Ghosts |.

Discovered After 70 Years: A Stunning, Untouched WWII Era Paris Apartment | Apartment Therapy

This Right Bank apartment was owned by actress and socialite Madame de Florian who fled Paris during World War two and left all her possessions behind, where they remained undisturbed for more than 70 years.

via Discovered After 70 Years: A Stunning, Untouched WWII Era Paris Apartment | Apartment Therapy.

Judge OKs Detroit bankruptcy filing but questions selling DIA art – latimes.com

Detroit Institute of Arts

An Alexander Calder sculpture, ‘Young Woman and Her Suitors,’ at the Detroit Institute of Arts. (Paul Sancya / Associated Press)

At the moment, the Detroit mess pits the museum, which has vowed to take legal action if necessary to defend its art, against city creditors who include current and former municipal workers, who fear seeing their pensions shaved in bankruptcy proceedings.

Also in the mix are the region’s voters, who in 2012 approved a special ten-year property tax increase intended to generate $23 million a year for the DIA to make it financially secure. Officials in Oakland County have made it clear that selling art to satisfy the city’s debts will violate the terms of the tax vote, ending its participation in financing the museum.

“Oakland County and the entire region have a vested interest in protecting our art,” county treasurer Andy Meisner told the Detroit News. “Judge Rhodes’ statement is a clear indication that the sale of this world-class art collection has no long-term financial benefit for the city.”

via Judge OKs Detroit bankruptcy filing but questions selling DIA art – latimes.com.

Grow a ‘tiny house’ out of mushrooms – Video – Personal Finance

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Take a peek inside the Mushroom Tiny House, a 64-square-foot home designed by Ecovative Design that uses mycelium — a type of fungi — to literally grow the structure from the inside out.

via Grow a ‘tiny house’ out of mushrooms – Video – Personal Finance.

A Most Peculiar Trip: Searching for Miss Peregrine – YouTube

My friend Tommy sent this to me. Thanks Tommy!

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I went urban exploring in Belgium to shoot the trailer for my novel, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. It was an adventure, to say the least.

The finished trailer is here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XWrNyV…

You can order the book, which comes out June 7, here, in either electronic or dead-tree format:

http://tiny.cc/zw1tv

via A Most Peculiar Trip: Searching for Miss Peregrine – YouTube.

Photos: Amazing wood sculpture in Fujian awarded Guinness World Record: Shanghaiist

Originally found on Colossal we had to post this tree carving. That is one big tree and a massive continuous carving.

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After nearly four years of work , Zheng Chunhui’s stunning wood sculpture was awarded Guinness World Record for “worlds longest wooden sculpture” in Fujian Province.

The sculpture showcases a three-dimensional vivid scene of strong, structured, exquisite workmanship and subtle techniques.

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via Photos: Amazing wood sculpture in Fujian awarded Guinness World Record: Shanghaiist.

Skinned Buildings: Latex Casts of Derelict Urban Surfaces | Urbanist

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“Like skin transplantations they can be taken to other spaces where they get a new spatial meaning. They take us to a world in which places are no longer fixed to specific locations, but become nomadic or ‘liquid.’ When the skins are drawn out of their original context and are brought to a new one, their character changes. The impact on for example an abandoned office building is remarkable.”

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via Skinned Buildings: Latex Casts of Derelict Urban Surfaces | Urbanist.