This film explores the evolution of our national attitude from pride in big dams as engineering wonders to the growing awareness that our own future is bound to the life and health of wild rivers.
Traditional Argentine barbecues date back to the 16th century. One inventor created a new twist on the custom, turning discarded fruit from cider production into logs that can replace firewood and charcoal.
If you have not yet registered for Deconstruction and Salvage in the Pacific Northwest, we hope you will do so right away and join us on February 10 at 10am for this event!
We have a terrific speaker line-up from public and private sectors as well as non-profits from Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia to present on:
- Deconstruction and Reuse in Action
- Incentives and Ordinances – Local Government Panel
- Reuse Infrastructure for Building Materials
- Date: Tuesday, February 10th, 10am-12pm PT
- Location: Virtual via Zoom
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The honorees: from left to right, Simon Levin, Lenore Fahrig and Steward Pickett.
For Pickett, it is necessary to invert the priorities in current urbanism. Because “now cities are designed for cars” and you have to think of “cities as places where biology has to work and biodiversity has to thrive, to perform useful functions for climate control, water and even for take care of people’s physical and psychological health.
Two women walk through a snow-covered forest on December 26, 2021 in Port Moody, British Columbia, Canada. Andrew Chin / Getty Images
The more biodiversity, water and “sweeping views of green space” in the nature jaunt, the better, according to BIV.
American chestnut trees once filled North American forests.
Photography photo by Dr. Garden, Shutterstock.
At one point, there were anywhere between three and five billion American chestnut trees. Today, there are, at most, 435 million still alive. Organizations like the American Chestnut Foundation are working to develop a new, blight-resistant chestnut tree to reintroduce and help revive the population. The timeline? “It’s going to take us between 150 to 200 years to make an ecological impact with millions of seedlings on the landscape,” Fitzsimmons says.
“Just an acknowledgment about the place would ring hollow if the only owner of record was still around, and the people it was stolen from were alive and well, and right up the street. The obvious thing to do was simply give it back. “Frankly I feel a little like, why didn’t we think of this earlier? … It’s about time.”
Credit: 13 On Your Side
Archangel Ancient Tree Archive clones sequoia trees and ships them around the globe to be planted.
Milarch strongly believes that by planting his cloned trees today, climate change can be reversed back to 1968 levels within the next 20 years. “The whole world is on fire,” Milarch said, referring to the continuing droughts and rising of sea levels due to glaciers melting. “We need to reforest this planet; every single person; every man, woman and child can literally pay it forward environmentally 2 to 3,000 years by planting one of these cloned trees.”
In which I explain the meaning of the phrase, and demonstrate the process of dead nailing.
Dhaka is the worst affected city in the world, experiencing 575 million person-days of extreme heat. Photograph: Xinhua/REX/Shutterstock
Amid surfaces such as concrete and asphalt, which trap and concentrate heat, and little vegetation, temperatures are generally higher in urban areas. “This has broad effects,” said Cascade Tuholske, the lead author of the study published in the journal PNAS and a postdoctoral researcher at Columbia University’s Earth Institute. “It increases morbidity and mortality. It impacts people’s ability to work, and results in lower economic output. It exacerbates pre-existing health conditions.”
Hundreds of people have been mourning the butterfly activists. AFP
Mr Gómez’s body was found in a well on 29 January. His family said that prior to his disappearance, the activist had received threats warning him to stop his campaign against illegal logging.
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Native Land started in early 2015 and shows traditional Indigenous territory boundaries across the world.
“I really believe in the tool, and I use it when I do conferences, or when I talk to people, as a way to open people’s minds about territory,” Minifie said, “it helps plant a seed that there’s people here before you, these are the lands that they’re on, and they’re still here.”
A view of the Forensic Architecture exhibition, which ran in London until May 2018.
“In a field of such diversity and brilliance it is invidious to choose the ‘best’ but Forensic Architecture have invented a new paradigm in the search for the truth. Their application of architectural skills to the re-creation of past events is extraordinarily innovative, intellectually rigorous and will make a significant contribution to justice,” Robert Devereux, one of the judges, said in a statement.
Athens Makerspace Manager Luke Black configures a metal lathe, gotten from ACEnet, in the metal shop.
“Now, along with our successful Columbus Road thrift store, we have ReUse on Union to provide community access to high-quality donated goods in niche categories as well as our online store, Athens FabMaker on www.etsy.com, which provides high-end and vintage fabric to artists and designers around the world.”
Jessica Tong adds roofing to a shed she built in her parents’ backyard, the first permitted cob structure in Berkeley. Photo: Natalie Orenstein
With these projects, and the Cob Research Institute, the goal is “to create a base of education and repetition so it can be used to convince code authorities, yes, this stuff can be permitted,” Fordice said. “There’s a lot of interest” in building with, and legitimizing cob, but not a lot of financial support, said Fordice, whose institute is volunteer-run.
“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.
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.
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.
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
These came from an old bulkhead in Newark, New Jersey. In the water for maybe a 100 years. Now they are cabinets.
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.
This 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:
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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 slopedceilings and as a decorative screen for the loft space. And all of the original fir studs and sheathing 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.
Wood iPhone Dock, Charging Stand, Modern, Recycled Wood, iPhone Accessories for the Home, iPhone 6, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, Striped Design $43.00 USD
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.
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.”
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.
Sanding and Scraping tips I have been using over years.
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.
Check out these newly updated resource pages too!
RECLAIMED MATERIALS-UPCYCLED CRAFTS AND ART FURNITURE
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.
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 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
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The Woody is the perfect tailgating companion. The interior has been lined with amber-colored honey brown leather seats that over time will darken (much like maturing bourbon), while the exterior is constructed from reclaimed oak bourbon casks.
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.
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.
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.
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).”
Interior designers Brinkworth have created a restaurant in central London that resembles a farm building, with rusty corrugated iron on the walls and salvaged lighting (+ slideshow).
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.
Since publishing the book, however, its creators have revisited their subjects and documented the amazing rate of change as “luxury condos and artisanal cupcake boutiques uproot local delis and dive bars.”
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.
“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.