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Tiny Texas Houses from Salvaged Materials – Green Homes – MOTHER EARTH NEWS

These recycled buildings, offered for sale out of Luling, Texas (between San Antonio and Houston), are built of recycled materials, based on traditional designs. They have instant soul. This is a wonderful body of work by builder Brad Kittel.

Our buildings are 99 percent pure salvage. Everything — doors, floors, windows, lumber, porch posts, glass, door hardware, and even the siding — has been saved and re-used to create houses that we hope will last for a century or more.

Source: Tiny Texas Houses from Salvaged Materials – Green Homes – MOTHER EARTH NEWS

Houston reservoir reborn as public space, canvas for art – Houston Chronicle

In this Friday, Dec. 16, 2016, photo, the exhibition of an abstract-video installation called “Rain” by Venezuelan artist Magdalena Fernández is projected inside a former water reservoir dubbed the “Cistern”.

It’s the latest example of efforts by U.S. cities — including Atlanta; Buffalo, New York; Philadelphia; San Francisco; and Washington, D.C. — to repurpose abandoned and dilapidated pieces of infrastructure as public spaces. Urban planners see the preservation of historic buildings and other structures as essential in creating the kinds of communities people want to live in, said Stephanie Meeks, president and CEO of the Washington, D.C.-based National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Source: Houston reservoir reborn as public space, canvas for art – Houston Chronicle

A Modernist Houston Post Office Is Reborn as a Colossal Event Venue

The interior of the Barbara Jordan Post Office in Houston (courtesy Day for Night)

Similar to the Buffalo Bayou cistern, Day for Night will work with its industrial setting that stretches more than 1.5 million square feet. Musicians like Blood Orange, John Carpenter (yes, the film director), and Aphex Twin will take over the surrounding parking lots; inside, among the broad halls and matrix of columns, 14 artists are creating interactive art installations, such as Shoplifter’s hairy “Ghostbeat” sculptures and witchy “Crimson Lotus” light work by Damien Echols. On one floor, “Björk Digital” by the Icelandic singer will fill five rooms with digital and video work, including “Black Lake” which premiered at her recent exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).

Barbara Jordan Post Office (courtesy Day for Night)

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Keeping the church weird | The Christian Century

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Oude Kerk, or old church, in Amsterdam, hosts the 2013 World Press Photo contest, among other arts events. The 800-year-old building is still home to a congregation. Some rights reserved by Joop Reuvecamp.

“Most of our landfill waste comes from building deconstruction,” she interjected. “We can’t just keep adding to that. These old buildings are well made and historic. You can’t just tear them down. Surely we can think of new uses for them.”

I realized my friend wanted to keep the church weird. I also understood that the issue was more complicated than my slash-and-burn approach allowed. However, the questions still remain. What should we do when a congregation can no longer afford a pastor, ministry, and a building?

via Keeping the church weird | The Christian Century.

Firehouse relics salvaged | Denton Record Chronicle | News for Denton County, Texas

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Denton firefighters remove corner guards from the old fire station on Avenue B on Tuesday. The long-vacant building near the University of North Texas is scheduled to be demolished, along with the former sites of Sukhothai II and The Treehouse Bar & Grill, shown in background, to make way for a new CVS Pharmacy.

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Habitable Spaces: Blending art and farming in Kingsbury – San Antonio Express-News

Photo By Lisa Krantz/San Antonio Express-News

Laura Napier has been coming out for the past 18 months laying the groundwork for “Neighborly Exchange,” a piece that “would be in a repurposed train car like with other elements of do-it-yourself architecture that happens in Kingsbury.”

“One way to do a project with us is to simply contact us and say what you are thinking about and start a dialogue and start coming out here and get to know us,” Ward said.

If things proceed the way they would like, the space eventually will be laced with livable sculptural installations.

“The idea is it’s called Habitable Spaces because we want people to come out and do a residency, and the residency is to build a structure that they inhabit and it becomes a living sculpture,” Ward said. “We don’t want people just making something and then taking off; we want them to inhabit the space.”

They’re open to a variety of ideas.

Photo By Lisa Krantz/San Antonio Express-News

via Habitable Spaces: Blending art and farming in Kingsbury – San Antonio Express-News.

Debate looms over Young County Commissioners – Graham Leader

Salvage and deconstructionists take note. The battle for un-building buildings is going to be won in convincing our municipalities to follow their own laws. It looks like it has already started in Texas.

In Bullock’s view, the court is not substantially complying with 263.152 of the Local Government Code, as that law pertains to the disposition of county salvage or surplus property. Included in his assessment, it could be possible that with another company besides Parker County based Matrix Demolition, the county may not have to pay as much money, or may even have a company pay the county in return for harvesting all of the salvage materials in the building.

“My intent is to make sure that we follow the code when it comes to the disposal of those kinds of properties,” Bullock said.

via Debate looms over Young County Commissioners – Graham Leader.

Build from trash, win a prize at 2013 National Reuse Contest Building Competition – Your Houston News: Living

The City of Houston Solid Waste Management Department (SWD) Reuse Warehouse is coordinating Houston’s participation in the 2013 National Reuse Contest, sponsored by The Reuse People (TRP). Projects built primarily of used building materials and completed within the year are eligible for submission. TRP will award gift certificates of $1,000, $500 and $250 to the first, second and third place winners of the National Contest, redeemable at a local reuse store to be determined, and will display annotated photos of the winning entries at various green building shows and expositions throughout the year.

Houston entries, received by the August 31, 2013 deadline, will be judged by Mayor Annise Parker, businessman and philanthropist Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale and Dan Phillips of the Phoenix Commotion. The three winners, announced September 30, 2013, will automatically be entered in the national contest. TRP will select the national first, second and third place winners on October 30, 2013.

via Build from trash, win a prize at 2013 National Reuse Contest Building Competition – Your Houston News: Living.

Bellaire Recycles Day eyes next level of sustainability – Your Houston News: News:

Bellaire, Texas is looking into policies on Building Deconstruction.

But the latest discussion on the sustainability front in Bellaire is whole house recycling.

As of late 2008, nearly half of Bellaire’s single-family detached homes had been rebuilt.

The Building and Standards Commission has spent nearly a year researching the topic and last month proposed a set of amendments to city ordinances that would allow it, said its chairman, Kristin Schuster. The commission and Bellaire City Council are expected to hold a joint workshop in the near future to explore the idea further.

In its current form, the proposal would give contractors extra time — 28 days, or more with approved extensions — for structural demolition in order to salvage building materials for reuse. Fencing and proper drainage would be required as well as signage identifying the site as a recycling project. Contractors would not have to provide a performance bond and could work on Saturdays and Sundays.

At their Recycles Day booth, commission members shared the case study of a Houston home in Southampton that was deconstructed under the direction of architect Karen Lantz. Antique bricks were salvaged, wood flooring, windows and doors. Reusable materials were donated to Habitat for Humanity, the Habitat Restore and the city of Houston’s ReUse Program. The fair market value of the donations exceeded $60,000, providing a tax write-off of nearly $20,000 for a taxpayer in the 33 percent federal income tax bracket.

On her website, lantzfullcircle.com, Lantz writes: “99% of our 1800 square foot house was reused or recycled. The last step was delivering six truck loads of concrete foundation equaling 128 tons to Southern Crushed Concrete, a green initiative company, where it will become TxDOT standard road base.”

Schuster, also an architect, has seen a cost benefit for her firm’s clients who practice whole house recycling.

“It can really work to a homeowner’s advantage,” she said.

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Construction, demolition waste doesn’t always need to end up in landfill – Laramie Boomerang Online

That material doesn’t have to be thrown into Laramie’s landfill, Webb said, but often comes in mixed with other materials that make it unsuitable for recycling, or diversion. Many of those materials which end up buried and taking up space could be used for other purposes, such as road base or wood chips, but only if it’s clean and separate from other non-recyclable refuse.

“Right now, when the customer comes in, it’s not just concrete, it’s everything off the work site,” he said. “The reason we don’t have clean, good concrete (at the landfill) out there is it’s mixed with brick, it’s mixed with tile … Once it gets crushed, it’s very, very rare for a landfill to meet specifications (required for road base).”

The city’s solid waste division is an enterprise fund, meaning it is statutorily required to operate at break-even, meaning user fees must be enough to fund services.

Councilor Dave Paulekas said he’s observed that many truck or trailer loads that end up at the landfill from construction or demolition sites are often filled with a wide variety of materials, both recyclable and non-recyclable.

“It’s economics,” he said. “Why make that extra trip to the landfill?”

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Mayor Parker Kicks Off Demolition of Dangerous Buildings with 3rd Annual Demo Day | The Cypress Times

Ahh Texas…

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Houston, TX – Houston Mayor Annise Parker, Council Member Larry Green, the Houston Contractors Association (HCA), neighbors and community leaders kicked off the City’s 3rdAnnual Demo Day at a dilapidated and unsafe building at 4007 Ebbtide Street in southwest Houston Friday morning.

A total of approximately 189 blighted structures throughout the city will be razed as part of the mayor’s 2012 demolition initiative.  The structures approved for demolition were selected from a list of properties for which the hearing order date has expired and which the owner has failed to bring into compliance.

“One of my highest priorities for Houston is improving quality of life and making our neighborhoods safer.  Clearly, the problem of dangerous and abandoned buildings is urgent,” said Mayor Parker.  “This year’s demolition plan aims to make the best use of limited resources, working in partnership with the Houston Contractors Association to reduce the problem.  It is a fiscally-responsible plan that gives first priority to those structures assessed as the most dangerous.”

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