Little Tree Library: A Clever Twist on the Donation-Based Community Library Gives New Life to a Big Old Stump | Colossal

Sharalee Armitage Howard

One family in Idaho took their Library design to the next level with a “Little Tree Library,” carved out of a 100-year-old cottonwood tree stump on their property.

Source: Little Tree Library: A Clever Twist on the Donation-Based Community Library Gives New Life to a Big Old Stump | Colossal

‘Native Land’ Map Helps You Recognize Which Indigenous Territory You Live On | HuffPost Canada

Native Land started in early 2015 and shows traditional Indigenous territory boundaries across the world.

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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.”

Source: ‘Native Land’ Map Helps You Recognize Which Indigenous Territory You Live On | HuffPost Canada

Microsoft begins demolishing buildings in Redmond campus remodel

Some drywall is gone from Building 2 on the Microsoft campus.

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Some drywall is gone from Building 2 on the Microsoft campus.

“From concrete and steel framing to carpets, ceiling tiles, electronic and networking gear, interior debris and loose assets like furniture, chairs and whiteboards, to even the artificial turf outside — most of the materials in the old spaces will find a new life,” the company said in a statement.

Source: Microsoft begins demolishing buildings in Redmond campus remodel

Charming Wooden Animal Sculptures Designed with Articulated Torsos and Tails by Jeff Soan | Colossal

In order to eliminate as much waste as possible, the artist considers future sculptures during the building of each otter, pangolin, or mollusk. He slices shapes that might make sense for the tail of a fish, while considering the beak of a bird, or the leg of an iguana.

Source: Charming Wooden Animal Sculptures Designed with Articulated Torsos and Tails by Jeff Soan | Colossal

Remains of an old Rock Island rubber plant are given a second chance | WQAD.com

“The Heart Pine will be going down into the southeast and will be used for timbers in building projects and for floorings,” says Fox. “It’s an extinct species.  The forest has been depleted, and there are no standing Heart Pine trees anymore.”

Source: Remains of an old Rock Island rubber plant are given a second chance | WQAD.com

Milwaukee officials considering pausing deconstruction policy until 2020 – The Daily Reporter – WI Construction News & Bids

Milwaukee could pause its enforcement of a mandate requiring contractors to deconstruct, rather than demolish, historic homes after a assessment of the policy found that it struggled to get off the ground in 2018.

Source: Milwaukee officials considering pausing deconstruction policy until 2020 – The Daily Reporter – WI Construction News & Bids

RXR Realty to work on reuse plan for mothballed ocean liner | Newsday

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The SS United States, seen here on Jan 21, 2014 remains docked in Philadelphia for now. Photo Credit: Chris Ware

Uniondale-based RXR will work on an adaptive reuse plan and suitable site for the 990-foot ship that set trans-Atlantic speed records after its launch in 1952, but which has been deteriorating at a pier in Philadelphia since 1996.

Source: RXR Realty to work on reuse plan for mothballed ocean liner | Newsday

American Recycler News, Inc. – ­Closing the loop on C&D materials

“We’ve received calls from desperate construction managers who want to comply with waste regulations and certification requirements, but honestly have no idea where to start,” Natarajan said. “High turnover in the industry exacerbates this issue as institutional knowledge is lost with each regrettable turnover.”

Source: American Recycler News, Inc. – ­Closing the loop on C&D materials

Ill wind blows good wood for Newport museum | Oregon ArtsWatch

The Pacific Maritime Heritage Center sits on a hill above Newport’s bayfront.

It wasn’t just the historical society that scored, so did the county. In what became the Pacific Maritime Heritage Center, it gained a museum, retained a piece of history, and saved a structure that otherwise might have faced demo crews.

Source: Ill wind blows good wood for Newport museum | Oregon ArtsWatch

St. Michael’s Episcopal Church Torn Down Ahead Of Meeting That Might Have Preserved It – WUFT News

“It affects everyone,” said Morris Hylton, the president of Modern Gainesville, a local nonprofit aimed at preserving mid-century architecture. “It’s an architectural landmark deserving of preservation.”

Source: St. Michael’s Episcopal Church Torn Down Ahead Of Meeting That Might Have Preserved It – WUFT News

Can Deconstructing Some of St. Louis’ Past Help Build a Sustainable Future? – Next City

The City of St. Louis is ramping up demolition of vacant buildings on properties owned by the metro’s land bank, but some of them will undergo deconstruction instead. (Photo by Oscar Perry Abello)

As he gears up for the pilot project with the city, Schwarz says that Refab will tighten its hiring focus. “We’ll hire people from the neighborhoods where we do the deconstruction,” he says. “We’re going to take tax dollars and put them into the pockets of the residents who are affected by this activity in their neighborhood.”

Source: Can Deconstructing Some of St. Louis’ Past Help Build a Sustainable Future? – Next City

Will Madam C.J. Walker’s Home Cultivate New Black Women Moguls?

Richelieu Dennis, founder and chairperson of Essence Ventures, attends the 2018 Essence Black Women In Hollywood Oscars Luncheon on March 1, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California; the rear view of the Villa Lewaro, the mansion of the country’s first self-made female millionaire, Madam Walker, is seen Oct. 19, 1998, in Irvington, N.Y.
Photo: Leon Bennett (Getty Images for Essence), Ed Bailey (AP Photo)

Villa Lewaro was a frequent meeting place for the leading lights of the Harlem Renaissance—but nearly 100 years later, Dennis hopes to honor the beauty mogul’s innovative and entrepreneurial spirit by transforming Walker’s historic estate into a training center and retreat “de­signed to sup­port black women en­tre­pre­neurs in their ef­forts to turn their ideas into flour­ish­ing en­ter­prises,” according to the Independent.

Source: Will Madam C.J. Walker’s Home Cultivate New Black Women Moguls?

25 ‘Lost Portland’ buildings that defined city — before ‘progress’ brought them down (photos) | OregonLive.com

A lithograph of Portland High School at Southwest 14th Avenue and Morrison Street. Built in the 1880s, it was razed in 1929. (Oregonian archives)

Ballestrem’s just-released book, “Lost Portland” (The History Press, $21.99), highlights grand structures that have disappeared from Stumptown over the years. The book certainly will cause readers a pang or two of wistfulness, for Portland has lost its fair share of irreplaceable landmarks.

Source: 25 ‘Lost Portland’ buildings that defined city — before ‘progress’ brought them down (photos) | OregonLive.com

A Creative Family Transform an Old Spanish Farmhouse Into an Incredible Home – Dwell

Living Room, Chair, Sofa, Coffee Tables, and Medium Hardwood Floor The 17th-century farmhouse is made entirely of natural stone.

Working together, the family revitalized the farmhouse with a floor plan that includes reception spaces, meeting rooms, art and design exhibition galleries, experimental rooms, living spaces, and areas that can be set up for photography shoots.

Source: A Creative Family Transform an Old Spanish Farmhouse Into an Incredible Home – Dwell

Removal of ceramics molds part of demolition work underway at Tarentum building | TribLIVE

Amanda Anderson, of Greensburg, an employee with American Architectural Salvage, tosses a ceramic mold onto a pile outside a building on Fifth Avenue in Tarentum that had housed a ceramics business on Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018. The building is being emptied and gutted to be redeveloped as a community center called 'The Depot.'

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Amanda Anderson, of Greensburg, an employee with American Architectural Salvage, tosses a ceramic mold onto a pile outside a building on Fifth Avenue in Tarentum that had housed a ceramics business on Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018. The building is being emptied and gutted to be redeveloped as a community center called ‘The Depot.’

The molds have been piled outside against the side of the building. They are destined to become clean fill, Rankin said.

Source: Removal of ceramics molds part of demolition work underway at Tarentum building | TribLIVE

Jefferson University’s New Center Celebrates—and Studies—Modernism | Architectural Digest

Richard Neutra’s iconic Hassrick House

Richard Neutra’s iconic Hassrick House in East Falls, Pennsylvania Courtesy of Thomas Jefferson University

Opening in April, the Center for the Preservation of Modernism is a key facet of the school’s newly launched master of science program in historic preservation; the new degree program, which will debut next fall, will focus on preservation, restoration, rehabilitation, and adaptive reuse of historic buildings and sites.

Source: Jefferson University’s New Center Celebrates—and Studies—Modernism | Architectural Digest

How saving Philly’s historic sacred spaces can make the city stronger | Opinion

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Enter “Infill Philadelphia: Sacred Places/Civic Spaces,” the exciting new partnership between Partners for Sacred Places and the Community Design Collaborative. Its purpose is to generate innovative design concepts and solutions for the re-activation of underutilized spaces in local historic sacred places.

Source: How saving Philly’s historic sacred spaces can make the city stronger | Opinion

Eco ‘Unbuilding’ Ensures Material from Demolished Homes Is Re-used | The Tyee

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This North Vancouver home, at 5,000 square feet, is one of the largest projects Unbuilders has taken on. After three weeks, they have completed the front-end salvage and the strip-out of the four units. The entire project, from start to finish, is estimated to take six weeks. Photo by Michelle Gamage.

And now, as some 3,000 homes are being torn down in Metro Vancouver each year, the material is being sent to landfill or, in the case of the lumber, being burned for heat or energy. “It’s really not waste — it is wasted. This is all reusable material,” Corneil said, gesturing around the home.

Source: Eco ‘Unbuilding’ Ensures Material from Demolished Homes Is Re-used | The Tyee

2018-2019 Investment and Innovation Grants | Metro

Here is a summary of the Fiscal Year 2019 Investment and Innovation (I&I) grants. The 14 grants represent a total Metro investment of $2,453,247, which will leverage an additional $2,383,065 in matching funds provided by the applicants. Investment and Innovation grants are intended to build lasting, private sector capacity to reduce waste through reuse, recycling, composting or energy creation from discarded materials in the Metro region. They seek to both strengthen local efforts to reduce the amount and

Source: 2018-2019 Investment and Innovation Grants | Metro

Residents see value in salvage materials at old Ashaway school | Richmond & Hopkinton | thewesterlysun.com

Old Hopkinton School Building from 1904

The former Ashaway School building, built in 1904, is set to be demolished, but a committee is working to see that valuable materials are salvaged first. Harold Hanka, The Westerly Sun

Swain said some of the potentially valuable components would be difficult to show in photographs. “Ornate cast iron radiators, slate chalkboards, I can look and find out the species of wood, but it should be hardwood trim,” he said.

Source: Residents see value in salvage materials at old Ashaway school | Richmond & Hopkinton | thewesterlysun.com

Throwback Post: Our Crafty Home | Wood Shingle Christmas Tree

We were rummaging through when we saw a bundle of wooden shingles left over from when we had the house painted a few years ago. Immediately, Alberto said “Christmas tree!” and just as quickly, I said “Of course!” (Don’t try to figure out how we do this, it just is…)

Source: Our Crafty Home | Wood Shingle Christmas Tree

Harvard’s HouseZero project wants to revolutionize green building – Curbed

The HouseZero project at Harvard retrofitted a pre-war home on campus, creating a model of energy efficiency. Michael Grimm

“We’re shattering the belief that you need to build new buildings to be efficient,” Ali Malkawi, a professor of architectural technology who leads the CGBC program, told Curbed. “We want to show how this can be replicated almost anywhere, and solve one of the world’s biggest energy problems, inefficient existing buildings.”

Source: Harvard’s HouseZero project wants to revolutionize green building – Curbed

BOSS Magazine | Seven Impressive Homes Built with Recycled Materials

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The Collage House — Mumbai, India

Visionary architects have met the challenge of green construction with flair and ingenuity, creating unique works of art that shirk the status quo. The results of their creativity are often beautiful.

Source: BOSS Magazine | Seven Impressive Homes Built with Recycled Materials

Historic Tacoma Elks Lodge will reopen as a McMenamins complex in April – Curbed Seattle

Kathleen Nyberg/Courtesy of McMenamins

Opening in April as McMenamins Elks Temple, the historic building will become a 45-room hotel, a 700-capacity music venue, a game room, three restaurants, a brewery, and several small bars—including one hidden below the sidewalk. One cafe will have outdoor space along historic Tacoma plaza the Spanish Steps.

Source: Historic Tacoma Elks Lodge will reopen as a McMenamins complex in April – Curbed Seattle

The richer the neighbourhood, the more homes are empty, Vancouver tax report finds | Georgia Straight Vancouver’s News & Entertainment Weekly

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“The Empty Homes Tax (also known as the Vacancy Tax) was developed to help relieve pressure on Vancouver’s rental housing market, by returning empty or under-utilized properties to the long-term rental market,” the release reads. “Revenue generated by the tax is required to be used for affordable housing initiatives in Vancouver.”

Source: The richer the neighbourhood, the more homes are empty, Vancouver tax report finds | Georgia Straight Vancouver’s News & Entertainment Weekly

Starting This Friday Crackedpots Holiday Shop at Lloyd Center Mall – Portland, Oregon

Starting this Friday!

November 30th at 10:00 a.m.

Crackedpots Holiday Shop encourages shoppers to reconsider the disposable nature of the season with thoughtful alternative gifts made from reclaimed materials!

Crackedpots Holiday Shop features fine art and craft by 40 local artists that utilize and upcycle waste materials.

Artwork in a variety of media will be on display and for sale including: metal, textiles, jewelry, assemblage, wood and collage. 

Source: 2018 Crackedpots Holiday Shop — crackedpots

Green Project’s Salvations to auction furniture, art made from recycled materials | Entertainment/Life | theadvocate.com

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“Fifi’s Seat,” one of the winners form the Salvage Design Competition 2018 held by the Green Project.

The pieces will be auctioned to benefit the Green Project, a group founded in New Orleans in 1994 to “promote a culture of creative reuse by diverting usable materials from landfills and cultivating a respect for their value.”

Source: Green Project’s Salvations to auction furniture, art made from recycled materials | Entertainment/Life | theadvocate.com

Good bones are a good place to start for net zero carbon MacKimmie Complex in Calgary | TreeHugger

MacKimmie Block cladding

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Souleles also notes that “the bones of the building are really, really good.” You don’t often hear this; there is always an excuse, such as the floor plate isn’t efficient or the ceilings are too low. However, as embodied carbon gets recognized as an issue, these excuses don’t stand up to scrutiny – because, as we keep saying, the greenest building is the one already standing.

Source: Good bones are a good place to start for net zero carbon MacKimmie Complex in Calgary | TreeHugger

Forensic Architecture wins the 2018 Beazley Design of the year award – CNN Style

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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.

Source: Forensic Architecture wins the 2018 Beazley Design of the year award – CNN Style

Artist of Breckenridge troll says town is allowing him to rebuild it

The large wooden troll, “Isak Heartstone,” made by artist Thomas Dambo during Breckenridge International Festival of the Arts in August, sitting in the snow Wednesday. (Hugh Carey, Summit Daily News via AP)

“The city took him gently apart, and once the snow melts, I will be back to rebuild him in a new location,” he wrote.

Source: Artist of Breckenridge troll says town is allowing him to rebuild it

Symes Road Destructor transformed into a brewing ‘jewel’ – constructconnect.com

Symes Road Destructor transformed into a brewing ‘jewel’

STEVEN EVANS PHOTOGRAPHY — Junction Craft Brewing is now housed in a renovated industrial building in the Stockyards district of Toronto’s west end. The company’s 1,358-square-metre facility at 150 Symes Road contains a brewery, taproom, retail space and office space. The brewery project recently won an adaptive reuse award.

“Their work retained the stunning art deco design and industrial character of the site, while repurposing it for a technically demanding manufacturing system,” said the organization.

Source: Symes Road Destructor transformed into a brewing ‘jewel’ – constructconnect.com

Deconstruction projects aim to give new life to historic building materials | St. Louis Public Radio

Refab crews will dismantle the historic building and preserve its handmade bricks and timbers.
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As part of the contract, Refab will disassemble a three-story brick warehouse built in 1884 in the Vandeventer neighborhood.Schwarz said the building was an “excellent candidate” for deconstruction, in part because its brick and timber have survived more than 100 years without being painted.“We were just shocked when we got into it for the first time that it was so well preserved,” he said.

Source: Deconstruction projects aim to give new life to historic building materials | St. Louis Public Radio

Domicology: A new way to fight blight before buildings are even constructed

As people abandon homes the effects ripple through the community. AP Photo/Carlos Osorio

We’ve coined the term domicology to describe our study of the life cycles of the built environment. It examines the continuum from the planning, design and construction stages through to the end of use, abandonment and deconstruction or reuse of structures.Domicology recognizes the cyclical nature of the built environment. Ultimately we’re imagining a world where no building has to be demolished. Structures will be designed with the idea that once they reach the end of their usefulness, they can be deconstructed with the valuable components repurposed or recycled.

Source: Domicology: A new way to fight blight before buildings are even constructed

A campaign aims to save the home of the Central Park architect

A campaign is running to save the abandoned home in Staten Island of the Central Park architect. Image: New York Landmark Conservancy

“We recognise the importance of restoring this landmark site so that it can eventually offer programs to New Yorkers and visitors alike,” says the Conservancy.

Source: A campaign aims to save the home of the Central Park architect

Reclamation Administration: News and Research on Building Material Waste Prevention