Beckwith and her team are now planning to 3D print timber in a lab from cells of trees like pine. Once this happens, deforestation would surely become a thing of the past.
Andreas Drenters spent his childhood tinkering in his father’s blacksmith shop. There, he would spend his time making toys for himself and his friends with materials found around the family farm.
We know you love the carpet. Soon you’ll have a reason to look up, too. (Director: Dawn Jones Redstone)
Scott Edouard Martinet worked in Paris for years as a graphic artist before turning to sculpture. His latest works use scrap metal mainly recovered from old cars, bikes and mopeds to create anatomically perfect animals.
This short documentary follows his process for creating sculptures that are contradicting in the sense that they’re both beautiful and, well, junk.
The finished project is now a generous, comfortable home for the couple, their two young children and their dog, and is packed with innovative, stylish ideas to copy.
The artist is fusing pieces from a broken generator, recycled kitchen utensils and collected scrap metal to create a metal fish.
This film explores the evolution of our national attitude from pride in big dams as engineering wonders to the growing awareness that our own future is bound to the life and health of wild rivers.
Traditional Argentine barbecues date back to the 16th century. One inventor created a new twist on the custom, turning discarded fruit from cider production into logs that can replace firewood and charcoal.
There’s a growing movement in support of the Glen Canyon Dam Removal altogether. With the specter of climate change looming, those calls may grow louder. But whether or not you agree with that decision, there’s a lot to be learned from the history of the dam’s construction.
Unique Homestays owner ‘Mouse’ shares the story of creation behind her two chocolate-box holiday rentals, Inkwell cottage and Filly Island.
Dan Evans was one of the designers of the two-mile long structure that stood as an alternative to the busy city streets and boasted impressive views of Elliott Bay and the Olympic Mountains.
The construction industry is responsible for over a tenth of the world’s man-made carbon emissions, with concrete being the biggest culprit. How can we continue to build, without it costing the earth?
Hello my name is Stephen Taylor and in 2016 I bought a derelict shop in Birkenhead, U.K for £26,000 at auction. This building was in such a poor state that the guide price at auction was just £10,000 – £12,000. With a lot of hard work over the last five years I have now transformed it into a modern four bedroom home.
In Nigeria, a sculptor has found a meeting point between art and waste management. Earnest Nkwocha is transforming discarded used tires, which litter streets in Lagos, into amazing work of art.
We’ve got to rethink housing, brotherrr!
Manhattan’s skyscrapers aren’t really built for people anymore.
My first thought was “don’t those mannequins rot, just sitting out there in the weather?” And then I realised: no, not really, they’re fibreglass.
Agro-mining is the process of growing plants that absorb metals from the ground.
Arup rebuilt 1 Triton Square in London using retained materials and saved 19,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalent.
Dame Ellen MacArthur and Wolfgang Blau discuss the circular economy. Lucy Parker from the Brunswick Group talks with Professor Marianna Mazzucato from University College London and James Quincey, Chairman and CEO of the Coca-Cola Company about how policy can drive us towards a circular economy.
This is the 3rd video in the Strong Towns series, and is probably the most important core topic: the fact that American car-dependant cities are financially insolvent, and function like a Ponzi scheme. This is the reason most American cities are bankrupt.
This Swiftwater Films time lapse, produced by director Shane Anderson and filmed and edited by Jesse Andrew Clark, shows the monthslong process of deconstructing the Nooksack Dam on the Middle Fork of Washington’s Nooksack River. This restoration will repair 16 miles of habitat for threatened salmon and steelhead.
In the past, making and developing metal was too costly for carpenters in Japan. So instead of using nails, carpenters called “miyadaiku” developed unique methods for interlocking pieces of wood together, similar to a giant 3D puzzle.
In this Victorian house in London, Maria Speake – House & Garden’s Interior Designer of the Year – has cleverly reorganised the layout and made inventive use of the salvaged materials for which her company Retrouvius is known.
In recognition of national Preservation Month, Preservation New Jersey (PNJ) announced its annual list of the 10 Most Endangered Historic Places in New Jersey at a virtual press conference on Thursday, May 14, 2019.
The property still looks like an industrial site from far away, but every square inch has been repurposed for recreation.
The Idea File, staff writers Jim and Deb Fallows explore the phenomenon of the dead mall, and its emerging afterlife.
This is a full tour of a cozy cob micro cabin built by Marie France Roy, a professional snowboarder from Canada. She wanted to build a home with natural and reclaimed materials
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The idea works like this: before an abandoned building is torn down, crews salvage all the materials they can get from it – like wood – and keep it out of landfills. At the same time, they give the people who live in those neighborhoods the job of doing that. “It gives you a new sense of your community,” said Baltimore native Kobe Bland, who works at Brick and Board. “You start to view your community a little different because you see the potential of what could be.” What started out as the “Baltimore Wood
The new owner shipped the Georgian-style mansion down the Tred Avon River on a 50-mile journey. The ageing property will be restored once at its new home in Queenstown, Maryland.
Deconstruction of the Empire Landmark hotel in Vancouver, BC, Canada.
At the ReTuna shopping mall in Sweden everything for sale is recycled, thanks to its clever location.
From his humble beginnings in Belgium to his current home in Gravenwezel Castle, explore the sophisticated elegance behind one of today’s most prestigious tastemakers.
Hundreds of thousands of New Jersey residents live in flood zones that can become inundated with storm water. But the state is trying to move some of them out of harm’s way in one of the biggest home buyout programs in the nation.
Adam Corneil’s Vancouver company UnBuild, offers an environmental alternative to building demolitions and cost savings for homeowners.
The lobster pot tree is decorated with lights, evergreen branches, bows and wooden buoys.
For more information on the study of structural abandonment “Domicology,” visit domicology.msu.edu
Mr Maguire said the day will not only be about fixing damaged items, but also about bringing the community together through a celebration of practical skills that are often overlooked in today’s modern world.
In this video I’ll be making a mini bar from Jerry can. I made a mini bar, but the same concept could be used to make storage for anything. All you need is to work on different shelving design.
The wood is old skateboards that have been recycled and re-purposed.
Over 30 years later, James Hetfield’s garage days live on in a custom-built electric guitar named “Carl,” built from salvaged wood. As Hetfield explains in a new video, “Carl “— who, might we add, has been thoroughly road-tested — possesses symbolic importance.
Almost all the wood was certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, which verifies it was grown and harvested in local forests in a sustainable manner. The rest of the wood was either reclaimed or salvaged, including wood from a hickory tree used for flooring and wood from a cherry tree used to make the dinner table. They weren’t able to find an FSC-certified cabinet shop in Michigan, so Beacon Springs Farm became a certified site and the Burbecks hired a carpenter to specially make cabinets and doors for the home onsite. Some of the reclaimed materials in the house include a bath tub, chandeliers and light fixtures.
Much of the material these little sculptures are crafted out of came from the rubble of the old Eagle building at 825 E. Douglas.As the building was being demolished last year, Stevenson coordinated with the Eagle and the Bradburn Wrecking Company to salvage quirky bits of the building for use in this art exhibition — at that point, still merely an idea she’d had for years.
Scavengers have been fleecing Detroit homes for a great portion of the 2000s, but police said it will no longer be tolerated. The trade in stolen architectural salvage is facing a major crackdown.
Using time-lapse photography, the film shows the demolition of the famous Star Theatre. Judging from the various exposures, the work must have gone on for a period of approximately thirty days.
This video captures the moment when contractors took the roof off a home and sent bricks flying out onto power lines and the road; and knocked the water main open on the corner. Residents had been asking about the poor dust control measures moments before this happened