All posts by Sara Badiali

Circular Economy Consultant in Building Deconstruction and Material Reuse.

At This Armenian Restaurant, the Ovens Are Satellite Dishes – Gastro Obscura

The satellite dish in action on a sunny day.

The satellite dish in action on a sunny day.

Armenian scientists Gregor Mnatsakanyan and Vahan Hamazaspyan originally created the satellite dishes with dreams of distributing them around the country. Hamazaspyan, a pioneer in the study of solar energy use, began developing the first prototypes in the 1980s, after the devastating Spitak earthquake. Satellite solar ovens, he hoped, would feed his countrymen affordably during hard times

Source: At This Armenian Restaurant, the Ovens Are Satellite Dishes – Gastro Obscura

Norway blows up hydro dam to restore river health and fish stocks | Rivers | The Guardian

A dam is removed in Fåvang, Norway.

Campaigners say removing the seven-metre dam, in Fåvang, Norway, which has not been used in 50 years, will help fish thrive. Photograph: Rob Kleinjans

A dam that has blocked the Tromsa River in Norway for more than 100 years was blown up with dynamite this week, freeing migratory routes for fish.

Source: Norway blows up hydro dam to restore river health and fish stocks | Rivers | The Guardian

Reclaimed Details Are in for 2022 – Here’s How Designers Are Putting the Trend To Use | Southern Living

Walnut Island in White Kitchen

CREDIT: EMILY GREEN; SQFT NASHVILLE

“We have used materials in every room, but the main area seems to be the kitchen,” she says, noting walnut as a popular choice for kitchen island tops. “As this is the main room people always seem to congregate in, reclaimed materials serve as conversation starters.”

Source: Reclaimed Details Are in for 2022 – Here’s How Designers Are Putting the Trend To Use | Southern Living

New Home Construction Expectations for 2022 – Appraisal Buzz

For example, cities are beginning to adopt materials reclamation policies. These laws require certain buildings to be deconstructed rather than demolished so valuable materials can be reused. Reclaimed products are helpful for the environment and allow construction companies to dodge supply chain shortages, particularly for lumber. For example, the Kendeda Building at the Georgia Institute of Technology was built in part using 25,000 linear feet of reclaimed lumber from film sets around Atlanta.

Source: New Home Construction Expectations for 2022 – Appraisal Buzz

Philly area farmhouse built out of reclaimed stone, wood, bricks

Stone on the 7,000-square-foot house came from an early 1800s barn in upstate Pennsylvania. The arches in the porte-cochère and entrance are an homage to the house where Maggie Polisano grew up in Florida.

Stone on the 7,000-square-foot house came from an early 1800s barn in upstate Pennsylvania. The arches in the porte-cochère and entrance are an homage to the house where Maggie Polisano grew up in Florida.
ALEJANDRO A. ALVAREZ / Staff Photographer

“The brick in the mudroom is from a demo in South Philly, the Belgian block is from a demo under the Ben Franklin Bridge, the large ceiling beams are from a barn in upstate N.Y., and the supports for the glass shelves behind the bar are bucket hooks from our horse stables.”

Source: Philly area farmhouse built out of reclaimed stone, wood, bricks

These scientists want to solve the solar e-waste crisis – The Verge

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If all goes well, a cleaner and more cost-effective solar recycling process could reach the market right as the first wave of solar panels hits the waste stream. “As we’re ramping up clean energy manufacturing, producing more clean energy tech, thinking about recycling at the end of life becomes even more important,” says Diana Bauer, acting deputy director of the Advanced Manufacturing Office at DOE.

Source: These scientists want to solve the solar e-waste crisis – The Verge

The Great American Chestnut Tree Revival – Modern Farmer

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.

Source: The Great American Chestnut Tree Revival – Modern Farmer

Danes don’t want their vintage furniture. This company has upcycled 10

[Photo: courtesy Lanoba Design]

But in a world where Americans throw out more than 12 million tons of furniture per year, it has also championed circular design by breathing new life in Danish castoffs, carving itself a cozy (dare I say hygge) niche in an oversaturated furniture market.

Source: Danes don’t want their vintage furniture. This company has upcycled 10

How interior designers are fighting waste – Design Week

1 Hotel Toronto, by Rockwell Group

Intrinsic in the mission of all three designers is the desire to prove that sustainable interior design methods are just as useful and effective as environmentally unfriendly counterparts. “When you’re working with waste it can obviously come with negative connotations,” El Baz says. “But through good design and good material research, we’re trying to show that there really isn’t an aesthetic difference in the outcome.”

Source: How interior designers are fighting waste – Design Week

Review: ‘American Kleptocracy’ and ‘Kleptopia’ – The Atlantic

two black rods with a black snake in an S-shape form a dollar sign on a pale green background

Illustration by Javier Jaén

Kolomoisky is alleged to have bought it, along with hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of other midwestern properties, as part of a money-laundering operation. According to Michel, who said that Kolomoisky declined to comment on any of the allegations in the book, the oligarch needed to move cash that had been obtained illegally into something “real,” in order to hide its origins (and perhaps use it as collateral for legitimate loans).

Source: Review: ‘American Kleptocracy’ and ‘Kleptopia’ – The Atlantic

Scientists use sunlight and modified sawdust to reversibly capture carbon dioxide

Scientists use sunlight and modified sawdust to reversibly capture carbon dioxide

How the sunlight-controlled CO2 separation installation works. Credit: Shiming Zhang, Renmin University of China.

In a study published in the journal Green Energy & Environment, a group of researchers from Renmin University of China propose a new method to capture CO2 using sunlight as the energy source and modified sawdust as the CO2 absorbent

Source: Scientists use sunlight and modified sawdust to reversibly capture carbon dioxide

Bold is Beautiful | Architecture Now

A simple form with a steeply pitched roof and some quirky detailing makes this house stand out in its suburban setting. Image: Camille Khouri

The owner also found “these beautiful old rimu doors, which add to the industrial aesthetic inside. The main front door has stained glass panels. We were trying to balance the use of reclaimed materials with the thermal performance of the building, so these internal doors were an easy addition.”

Source: Bold is Beautiful | Architecture Now

Castle nestled in Brogo countryside on Far South Coast NSW a unique project requiring passion and energy | Magnet | Eden, NSW

Gerry Theodorakis stands at the main entrance to the castle, where a Georgian-style columned portico will soon be built. Photo: Leah Szanto

Gerry Theodorakis stands at the main entrance to the castle, where a Georgian-style columned portico will soon be built. Photo: Leah Szanto

Gerry likes to use reclaimed materials wherever possible and has sourced many stunning additions to both the structure of the residence and the décor contained within, including tiles embedded with fossils, French period-style lighting and solid handcrafted antique timber furniture, most of which is very ornate. “I detest waste and always use as many recycled materials as I possibly can,” he said.

Source: Castle nestled in Brogo countryside on Far South Coast NSW a unique project requiring passion and energy | Magnet | Eden, NSW

Plans for Decaying Block Officially Approved

The approved plans for the block include the development of 62 dwelling units, configured as 31 duplexes rising up to 35 feet in height, with 28 two-bedrooms, 34 three-bedrooms, a total of 62 off-street parking spaces and a 0.38-acre public park/community garden/open space on the southwest corner of the block, with two rebuilt greenhouses and a new “boiler house” shed, leveraging reclaimed materials from the existing structures “as feasible.”

Source: Plans for Decaying Block Officially Approved

Timber company returns waterfront Washington property to tribe – OPB

“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.”

Source: Timber company returns waterfront Washington property to tribe – OPB

Longannet: Nicola Sturgeon ignites 700kg of explosives to raze Scotland’s last coal power station | ITV News

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“Watching the chimney of Scotland’s last coal-fired station fall today represents a real milestone, as the UK moves away from the large polluting power stations of the past and accelerates down the road to net-zero emissions.

Source: Longannet: Nicola Sturgeon ignites 700kg of explosives to raze Scotland’s last coal power station | ITV News

When Walls Talk: Decoding a Building’s History With Lauren Northup – Atlas Obscura Experiences

An old building is a kind of ever-morphing history book; chapters are caught between layers of paint and architectural features offer clues about the people who lived in them long ago. In this seminar, join Lauren Northup for a cross-disciplinary approach to unlocking the language of buildings, drawing from architectural history, microscopy, historic preservation, and archaeology.

Source: When Walls Talk: Decoding a Building’s History With Lauren Northup – Atlas Obscura Experiences

East Hills vacant lot is once again a ‘beautiful,’ fruitful farmstead | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Julia Kemp on her Urban Farm on the corner of Haverhill and Moosehart Streets on the Pittsburgh / Wilkinsburg border Friday, Nov. 10, 2021 in Pittsburgh. Kemp purchased the property after the houses were demolished eight years ago.

Pam Panchak/Post-Gazette

Discovering Julia’s property was a welcome surprise for Celeste. In 2017, her daughter, Patricia Messina, noticed a large rooster on the property in a Google Maps image while looking up the address of her mother’s former home. She eventually brought her mother to see the old family property and to meet the lady that had transformed it and made it “so beautiful.”

Source: East Hills vacant lot is once again a ‘beautiful,’ fruitful farmstead | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Art foundation in Oregon is a green space for creating – Inhabitat

A geometric blue building that has its lights turned on inside

Bodecker Foundation, Portland, Oregon

“The warehouses were cut into and modified, while retaining the memory of their historic boundaries,” Bodecker said. “Peeling back the roof of one and slicing the other, the warehouses were remixed and fused together with a new central core building.”

Source: Art foundation in Oregon is a green space for creating

ATTACK OF THE CLONES: Michigan lab clones ancient trees used to reverse climate change | wzzm13.com

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.”

Source: ATTACK OF THE CLONES: Michigan lab clones ancient trees used to reverse climate change | wzzm13.com

Concrete Doesn’t Have to Be an Ecological Nightmare

Clockwise from upper left: the Pantheon in Rome; Boston City Hall; Saarinen’s TWA terminal at JFK airport; Zaha Hadid’s Sheikh Zayed Bridge in Dubai. Photo: Getty Images

Today, cooking one ton of cement yields nearly a ton of CO2, and concrete plants pump out nearly 8 percent of the world’s carbon emissions. Since an ever-growing population can’t wean itself from its primary building material, warding off climate change is going to require a cleaner way to make it.

Source: Concrete Doesn’t Have to Be an Ecological Nightmare

How a Paris designer built a family home in an old mirror factory | Interiors | The Guardian

The living space

Delaye sourced a variety of reclaimed materials for the interior. The panelled doors and herringbone floor are from a Haussmann apartment in the 16th arrondissement; the red marble fireplace came from a grand house in Belgium; and the shutters are from a villa in the south of France. “Each item brings it own story,” says Delaye. “They give the impression that they have always been there.”

Source: How a Paris designer built a family home in an old mirror factory | Interiors | The Guardian

Inside New York’s ‘body shops’ that exploit ex-prisoners to drive down wages | Construction industry | The Guardian

‘Body shops operate in the shadows, with no accountability,’ one union leader said.

‘Body shops operate in the shadows, with no accountability,’ one union leader said. Photograph: Xinhua/Rex/Shutterstock

It’s not an idle threat: New York imprisoned individuals nearly three times the national average in 2019 for technical parole violations, consisting of 40% of all individuals admitted to prisons in the state. Body shop employers exploit those work requirements to pay parolees’ low wages under unsafe working conditions.

Source: Inside New York’s ‘body shops’ that exploit ex-prisoners to drive down wages | Construction industry | The Guardian

A 150-year-old note from Charles Darwin is inspiring a change in the way forests are planted

Images showing how trees grow more strongly when planted in diverse forests.

Images showing how trees grow more strongly when planted in diverse forests, compare the size of the trees at 11-years-old. The tree on the right was planted in a more diverse area. Author provided

There is no human technology that can compete with forests for take-up of atmospheric carbon dioxide, and its storage. Darwin’s idea of growing lots of different plants together to increase the overall yield is now being explored by leading academics, who research forests and climate change.

Source: A 150-year-old note from Charles Darwin is inspiring a change in the way forests are planted

Roofing Company Hit With Largest Fine in DEQ History for a Decade of Emissions – Blogtown – Portland Mercury

Smoke rising out of large exhaust stacks

DARIAREN / GETTY IMAGES

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) issued a $2.1 million fine—the largest in the department’s history—to Malarkey Roofing Products last week for emitting higher levels of formaldehyde than previously reported for over a decade.

Source: Roofing Company Hit With Largest Fine in DEQ History for a Decade of Emissions – Blogtown – Portland Mercury

Portland airport crafts wooden roof, part of $2B expansion | KOIN.com

PMG PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE – Vince Granato, the Chief Projects Officer at Port of Portland, under the Portland International Airport’s upcoming mass timber roof for the main terminal.

There are 200 craft workers on the side-by-side roof sites, and another 400 working at the airport on other projects.

Source: Portland airport crafts wooden roof, part of $2B expansion | KOIN.com