“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
Despite the city’s strategy of auctioning blighted properties, houses like this remain 10 years after Hurricane Katrina. Vandals have stripped the home’s cypress floors and other architectural artifacts. Debbie Elliott/NPR
“We’ve still got a lot of blight. We’re by no means done,” says Deputy Mayor Andy Kopplin. He says the city of New Orleans is waging an aggressive battle against blight, and has made inroads.
“We’ve either fixed up or demolished somewhere between 13,000 and 15,000 units, as a city,” he says.
A poll by NPR and the Kaiser Family Foundation found that a little more than half of the people in New Orleans agree that progress has been made on dealing with destroyed and abandoned homes and other properties.
via New Orleans Neighborhoods Scrabble For Hope In Abandoned Ruins : NPR.
“I always think about the journey of this material,” he says over the phone. “I find little engravings or even just the chisel marks of Roman numerals,” left by early American sawmills as assembly instructions.
via Meet Matthew Holdren: Salvage Wizard and Curbed Young Gun – Young Guns 2014 – Curbed National.
The café’s interior is built from reclaimed wood. It’s all milled of trees felled by the storm’s winds on Aug. 29, 2005. Instead of adding the trunks and limbs to the giant piles of post-storm roadside rubble, Fitzmorris used to it realize one of her dreams.
via Cafe built of salvaged Katrina wood opens 9 years after the storm, fulfilling lifelong dream | NOLA.com.
“I started collecting Katrina-damaged materials,” he said. “There were miles and miles of materials going to the landfill, and it was breaking my heart, so I tried collecting as much useful stuff as I could out of the piles.”
Some property in town that they owned gradually became their warehouse, where Ronnie stored the reclaimed items.
Longleaf pine barge board can be seen on the walls of the breakfast area, and ceiling beams are of cypress from a plantation that once stood on the Mississippi River. Boards on the walls and around the fireplace are reclaimed from other parts of the house; many of the boards retain bits of their original paint. The kitchen island is made of some of those rescued, weathered boards and other found items.
via Bay St. Louis couple make the old something new | Home & Garden | The Sun Herald.
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.
via Juxtapoz Magazine – The Still of the Night in New Orleans.
The back room of the store was designed to look like the merchant’s living space, offering a much more relaxed atmosphere. Vintage schoolhouse chairs around huge tables made from wind-fallen trees offer customers a comfortable place to work and socialize. It also features a large mural created by the artist Tommy Taylor, which references the New Orleans’ shipping heritage.
via Luxurious New Starbucks in New Orleans Inspired by 1900s’ Merchant Stores | Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building.
A TWO-WAY STREET: Nelson makes her old home more energy efficient by “interacting” with it. During the hottest months, she closes the shutters over the doors while leaving the slats open to keep the sun at bay. In winter, the shutters hold heat inside. Her November energy bill was $40.
“Besides, I love the visual of the shutters behind the door,” she said.
Antique Eastlake doors found at The Bank, an architectural salvage store, create a tight seal against the Louisiana climate.
Dittrich-Lips Art Glass cut red, green and purple glass for her kitchen door, which lets in sunlight and splashes of vivid color. Beautiful blue and rose glass from the 1930s or ’40s in the bedroom door came from Attenhofer’s Stained Glass Studio in Metairie.
Nelson also restored the home’s original plaster walls.
“Plaster is energy-efficient and keeps you incredibly cool,” she said. In her estimation, the destruction of plaster walls and hardwood floors after Hurricane Katrina represented real architectural tragedies.
via Comfort meets energy-efficiency in a restored Holy Cross shotgun | NOLA.com.
Louisiana, USA – Dave Bennink of Re-Use Consulting was asked by the group Core USA to travel to New Orleans in Louisiana to help manage America’s largest deconstruction crew. Over 2,700 volunteers traveled to New Orleans to help and learn about building deconstruction and salvage work, and how it could help their communities around the United States. The event was a great opportunity to promote the benefits of building material reuse operations.
Volunteers were eager to get their hands dirty, but each group first sat through an educational session and safety talk. Bennink told a hypothetical story of how unemployed workers from where they live could literally walk to work where they would deconstruct blighted inner-city structures. These structures would produce materials that could be sold to lower-income building owners that couldn’t afford new, and to historic renovation projects that couldn’t use new products.
Once this talk was over, the volunteers helped local workers to deconstruct blighted buildings surrounding a local daycare center, and the materials were made available to local groups. This project was another example of how salvage businesses are striving for the elusive win-win scenario, where the environment and social benefits are achieved at a profit. Bennink’s hope is that those 2,700+ volunteers will spread the word once they return home and potentially join the reuse movement someday soon.
via America’s Biggest Deconstruction Crew Hits New Orleans – SalvoNews.com.