Tag Archives: reuse design

13 Proposals to Boost Resilience in Vieques, Puerto Rico

drawing shows warehouse full of materials that can be reused

Many Viequenses build their own homes, but this practice is hindered by the limited supply and high expense of building materials, which are shipped from the main island. The “Unearthing Resources” concept would help to make Vieques more self-sufficient by finding new uses for materials from the island’s growing landfill. The proposal would establish a warehouse for different categories of recycled materials, and provide educational resources for building techniques, including classes. An instructional booklet for materials reuse would help to evolve the culture of self-sufficiency.

Source: 13 Proposals to Boost Resilience in Vieques, Puerto Rico

Not Entropy – e-flux Architecture – e-flux

Rotor, Plateforme Réemploi, 2017. Source: Rotor.

Reusing architectural elements is a practice that is as long as the history of mankind. At one point, midcentury, this practice started to disappear. Industrial progress, capitalism, evolving demographics, and culture led to a different paradigm of practice. We’ve never seen our approach as one of invention. Our practice is more today about rediscovering existing practices. We see ourselves trying to connect the past to potential futures.

Source: Not Entropy – e-flux Architecture – e-flux

Halfway There: After Making Progress in Operational Efficiency, Buildings Must Now Consider Embodied Carbon – Urban Land Magazine

Reclaimed timber—the entryway alone used more than 2,000 pieces of reclaimed timber. Art installations made from 85 percent repurposed construction waste, recycled and diverted from landfills.

Source: Halfway There: After Making Progress in Operational Efficiency, Buildings Must Now Consider Embodied Carbon – Urban Land Magazine

Decrepit barn in Quebec was converted into stunning modern design by salvaging old materials

large barn home on green hill

Located in a rural area in Quebec, the old barn was in near ruins until the Montreal-based firm was hired to convert it into a secondary family home. Thankfully, instead of bulldozing the beautiful old building to the ground, the studio managed to salvage nearly every single material to reuse in the new design.

Source: Decrepit barn in Quebec was converted into stunning modern design by salvaging old materials

A Vintage-Style Kitchen Remodel by Peg and Awl Marries Old and New

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The house was their living quarters, initial work space, and ongoing project—it had been added onto over the years, and the previous owner, a high school shop teacher, “trash picked historic doors and windows considered garbage,” says Margaux. “He used his finds to restore the rooms closer to their former, albeit frankensteined, self.”

Source: A Vintage-Style Kitchen Remodel by Peg and Awl Marries Old and New

How design decisions on materials are “disproportionately damning the world to further climate change” | TreeHugger

Chimney at Marseilles

Because of the Upfront Carbon emissions from building, groups like the World Green Building Council have suggested that we have to “question the need to use materials at all, considering alternative strategies for delivering the desired function, such as increasing utilisation of existing assets through renovation or reuse.” They also noted that we have to “prioritize materials which are low or zero carbon, responsibly sourced, and which have low lifecycle impact in other areas.”

Source: How design decisions on materials are “disproportionately damning the world to further climate change” | TreeHugger

Forget van life. Coloradans are living in school buses (a.k.a. skoolies)

Converting old school buses

Charlie Kern, co-owner of Chrome Yellow, converts old school buses into homes on wheels on Sept. 3 in Arvada. (RJ Sangosti, The Denver Post)

“Honestly, I think part of it is that good-looking people on social media are doing it,” Kern said. “Plus, housing costs are high, especially in Denver and other major cities.”

Source: Forget van life. Coloradans are living in school buses (a.k.a. skoolies)

Atlanta homes: West End industrial bungalow made of salvaged materials

Connolly, who works as a contractor, did all the home designs himself, and after a renovation lasting a year and a half in which he got almost all of the building materials necessary from reclaimed and salvaged sources, the West End bungalow now functions as a guesthouse, home office and extra living space, plus it gives Ross’ and Connolly’s four dogs (and often a foster dog or two) a double backyard in which to run and play.

Source: Atlanta homes: West End industrial bungalow made of salvaged materials

An Uncanny Mountain Monument Is the Focus of an Outsider Artist for Half a Century

The main building on the Mountain Thunder Monument site

Like everything in the complex, the main building — whose lofted archway is the most visible feature from the adjacent highway — is adorned with fragments of architectural salvage and repurposed refuse, and guarded by several statuary works. Some of these are modeled entirely from scratch, while others incorporate found materials that create a commentary on the ways in which American Indians have been displaced within colonial culture.

Source: An Uncanny Mountain Monument Is the Focus of an Outsider Artist for Half a Century

Port salvage beyond peer | The West Australian

Timber salvaged after upgrades at Geraldton Fishing Boat Harbour was turned into a striking board room table by a Geraldton furniture designer.

Timber salvaged after upgrades at Geraldton Fishing Boat Harbour was turned into a striking board room table by a Geraldton furniture designer.Picture: Geraldton Port Authority

Timbers and piles discarded during upgrades to part of Geraldton Fishing Boat Harbour last year have been given a new lease on life and turned into a piece of furniture which will serve as a reminder of Geraldton’s maritime history.

Source: Port salvage beyond peer | The West Australian

Brooklyn Children’s Museum installs a rooftop playscape made from reclaimed water tower wood | 6sqft

Nest, tri-lox, playground, design, children's museum

Inspired by the unique nests made by the baya weaver bird, Nest is made from reclaimed NYC water tower wood fashioned into an organic form; the woven landscape has a climbable exterior, circular hammock area and permeable interior space, all designed to foster free play and discovery.

Source: Brooklyn Children’s Museum installs a rooftop playscape made from reclaimed water tower wood | 6sqft

On a Mission to Reuse the Past — ecoRI News

Rhode Island residents Mary Gervais, right, and Cindy Bogart recently launched a website to help people connect to past practices and materials. (Maaike Bernstrom)

Rhode Island residents Mary Gervais, right, and Cindy Bogart recently launched a website to help people connect to past practices and materials. (Maaike Bernstrom)

It’s designed to help visitors repurpose items and materials, from antique plumbing to reclaimed wood. It’s about building new from old. It’s about buying local.

Source: On a Mission to Reuse the Past — ecoRI News

Lendager Group uses recycled materials to build Copenhagen townhouses

Lendager Group design Upcycle Studios in Denmark built from recycled materials

All of the wood was sourced from Danish manufacture Dinesen, which would otherwise have discharged and burned part of the material, while windows were sourced from old buildings that had been renovated.

Recycled concrete, repurposed double-glazing and discarded flooring boards were all used in the construction of Upcycle Studios, a Copenhagen housing development designed by Lendager Group.

Source: Lendager Group uses recycled materials to build Copenhagen townhouses

New medical school cafe to honor Factory St. building | Campus News | athensnews.com

9 factory street

9 Factory St. is due for demolition in mid-June. Photo by Terry Smith.

“We’re focusing on iconic aspects of the Factory Street building, and repurposing materials where it makes sense to capture that building’s character as part of the new construction,” Ken Johnson, D.O., executive dean of the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, said in the release. “We have found some beautiful and creative ways to honor 9 Factory St. in the new facility’s café,” added Johnson, who also serves as OU’s chief medical affairs officer.

Source: New medical school cafe to honor Factory St. building | Campus News | athensnews.com

Interview: Dan Barasch on Ruin and Redemption in Architecture – COOL HUNTING

“I’m more interested in diving a bit deeper, understanding the real history behind these abandoned spaces, and understanding how a ruin can be preserved and transformed into something altogether new. And I’m interested in the people behind these efforts, which are never easy—going well beyond the developers and architects that tend to get most of the credit.”

Source: Interview: Dan Barasch on Ruin and Redemption in Architecture – COOL HUNTING

This pipe maker is giving wood a new lease of life by turning them into pipes | Life | Malay Mail

Zulkarnain Saidin poses with pipes that he made in his home in Chemor, Perak April 1, 2019. — Pictures by Farhan Najib

Zulkarnain Saidin poses with pipes that he made in his home in Chemor, Perak April 1, 2019. — Pictures by Farhan Najib

Zulkarnain started making pipes about four years ago and he has made about 500 pipes, with half of them from the wood which are considered as waste.

Source: This pipe maker is giving wood a new lease of life by turning them into pipes | Life | Malay Mail

Firefighter’s steampunk lamps among antique and vintage show treasures | Ottawa Citizen

The Ottawa Antique & Vintage Market was held at Carleton University Saturday April 6, 2019. Brian Killeen’s Vint-Age Steampunk Industrial Lamps. ASHLEY FRASER / POSTMEDIA

“Riding down the back roads saving the past,” Killeen said with a twinkle in his eye. “I find all kinds of things.” Killeen’s Vint-Age Lamp lighting has now been shipped to customers across the United States and Europe and an imposing creation made a Royal Electric Company of Montreal gauge sits in the Parliament Hill office of his local MP.

Source: Firefighter’s steampunk lamps among antique and vintage show treasures | Ottawa Citizen

This New Hampshire resident built a surfboard out of 700 foam Dunkin’ coffee cups – The Boston Globe

Korey Nolan built an award-winning surfboard made from Dunkin' foam cups.

KOREY NOLAN
Korey Nolan built an award-winning surfboard made from Dunkin’ foam cups.

Nolan, who has been surfing for about a decade, said he was inspired to build the board for the California-based Creators & Innovators Upcycle Contest, an international competition that calls on contestants to repurpose waste by turning it into something that can be used in the ocean.

Source: This New Hampshire resident built a surfboard out of 700 foam Dunkin’ coffee cups – The Boston Globe

we talk salvage style with retrouvius | Livingetc

A family home was remodelled by the team at Retrouvius – the reclaimed flooring was specifically designed for hosting cocktail parties.

Some 26 years later, they now rule the roost of the London salvage scene, with both a warehouse trove of reclaimed products and a design studio that specialises in refurbishing top-end properties using rescued materials in a modern context.

Source: we talk salvage style with retrouvius | Livingetc

Somewhere Studio uses reclaimed CLT for 2019 City of Dreams pavilion – Archpaper.com

The sustainable installation is the winner of the 2019 City of Dreams competition. (Courtesy Somewhere Studio)

The sustainable installation is the winner of the 2019 City of Dreams competition. (Courtesy Somewhere Studio)

“Even though it’s a raw material that’s basically used for storage, it looks and behaves like processed cross-laminated timber,” he said. “When we began the project, it occurred to us that we had this big pile of wood staring at us that would otherwise be thrown away, so we decided we wanted to show off its quality and strength.”

Source: Somewhere Studio uses reclaimed CLT for 2019 City of Dreams pavilion – Archpaper.com

From bowling alley to brewpub, recycled lumber gets new life – The San Diego Union-Tribune

This bar counter at Hoppy Daze brewpub in Otay Mesa West was constructed from upcycled bowling alley lanes from the former Vista Entertainment Center,

This bar counter at Hoppy Daze brewpub in Otay Mesa West was constructed from upcycled bowling alley lanes from the former Vista Entertainment Center, through a program to recycle construction materials. (Bruce DeMoss, Hoppy Daze)

“It was actually better than I envisioned,” he said. “When we were building it, we were like every day, this is going to be cool. It ended up above our expectations. We built it so that it was all re-purposed everything.”

Source: From bowling alley to brewpub, recycled lumber gets new life – The San Diego Union-Tribune

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

BOSS Magazine | Seven Impressive Homes Built with Recycled Materials

recycled materials homes, boss magazine

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

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

Grand Designs NZ: The recycled home made from Real Groovy and an old Wellington wharf – NZ Herald

The Mangawhai home is almost entirely made from historic recycled materials. Photo / screenshot

The Mangawhai home is almost entirely made from historic recycled materials. Photo / screenshot
NZ Herald

The centrepiece of the build was bringing nine enormous trusses made from the timber salvaged from Wellington’s Ferry Wharf, which was built in 1894.

Source: Grand Designs NZ: The recycled home made from Real Groovy and an old Wellington wharf – NZ Herald

Adaptive reuse project turns warehouse into an industrial-chic home | Inhabitat

kitchen with long black island, a small lounge sofa, a wood dining table and a large opening to an outdoor deck on the end wall

All of the renovated buildings retain parts of the original construction. In 102 The Mill, these deliberately exposed frameworks are complemented by industrial-inspired lighting fixtures and minimalist, streamlined furnishings. Timber floors and warm fabrics help imbue the former factory with a sense of cozy warmth.

Source: Adaptive reuse project turns warehouse into an industrial-chic home | Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Bricks and more, ta: recycling entire buildings – Positive News – Positive News

An architect’s rendering of The Resource Rows

“We keep excavating for new resources to turn into construction materials when we have so many things above ground that are super-accessible. We just need to find the innovations to use them,” says Lendager.

Source: Bricks and more, ta: recycling entire buildings – Positive News – Positive News

Headboards made of salvage the stuff of sweet dreams | The London Free Press

Donna Aspden and her husband Kevin are the original recyclers, having built and created more than 500 stunning headboards during the last 30 years, transforming discarded materials into pieces of art for clients to use in their most personal of personal space, their bedrooms.

Source: Headboards made of salvage the stuff of sweet dreams | The London Free Press

Niek Wagemans Alabama Bath featuring singer/songwriter Emily Stilwell

Dutch builder/artist and friend Niek Wagemans went to his American artist friend Butch Anthony to build a greenhouse from scratch. Using only salvaged and found materials on and around Butch’s massive estate, deep down Alabama, Niek built his slice of paradise…. Where one can grow plants, enjoy the view while having a hot bath and….listen to amazing music. Niek tried it all out himself, with the lovely appearance of singer/songwriter Emily Stilwell…..

From floating retreat to vintage taxi: 2018’s Shed of the Year shortlist

The Boat Pod was built by Barnaby Dearsly as a writer’s retreat, garden folly, artist studio,...

Fitted with electrical sockets, a wood-burning stove sourced from the original mast-step, and a sail canvas door, the attention to detail is impressive. The shed has even been made watertight using marine resin. Boat Pod is a finalist in the Unique category.

“We’ve been absolutely blown away by the incredible, imaginative and innovative sheds entered into this year’s competition,” says Shed of the Year founder Andrew Wilcox. “I’ve judged the finalists eleven years running now, and it’s amazing to see how the sheds evolve each year as entrants take inspiration from others and realize that creating your own shed on a budget is a more than achievable project.”

Source: From floating retreat to vintage taxi: 2018’s Shed of the Year shortlist