by: TRIBUNE PHOTO BY JONATHAN HOUSE – An anti-large house sign sits near a Renaissance Homes infill project in Southwest Portland.
No one on the Development Review Advisory Committee proposed making the notifications mandatory, however. That disappointed several neighborhood representatives at the meeting who argue that neighbors should always be notified before a nearby home is demolished. Under the existing City Code, notification is not required on homes where a developer applies for a demolition permit and a construction permit on the same day.
According to Anne Dufay, executive director of the Southeast Uplift Neighborhood Program office, notification is especially important for houses built before 1973, when asbestos and lead paint were common.
“Asbestos and lead paint chips can be thrown into the air if a demolition isn’t done right,” Dufay says. “Neighbors need to know when it’s going to happen so they can leave or monitor the work.”
Thanks to Ruth Trocolli the archaeologist for the District of Columbia Historic Preservation Office, for this gem of an article.
The Kinnickinnic River in Milwaukee.
Maher hopes to put his new skills to work and continue deconstruction work in the area. He has learned that it is possible to efficiently take a structure apart, salvaging valuable materials and greatly reducing what goes to the landfill. As the construction sector of the economy rebounds, the success of the Kinnickinnic River project could encourage less traditional demolition and greater use of deconstruction techniques.
“If things can be reused and we can keep things out of landfill,” Maher says, “why not put the materials to use?”
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Using cutting-edge window testing technology, the Collaborative’s tests are verifying “what most people in historic preservation have known for years, old and historic windows can cost effectively be made as or more energy efficient than new, disposable replacement windows.” “The Effects of Energy Efficiency Treatments on Historic Windows” is an empirical study recently completed by the Center for Resource Conservation in Boulder Colorado. The study involved retrofitting windows in a test home in a historic district and investigated and then compared the energy efficiency and economy of eleven different preservation treatment options with that of new vinyl windows. Most of the proposed treatments were able to outperform a new vinyl window.
Germanna Prof. Mirela Fetea with a young deconstructor.
“We have a great group of dedicated and enthusiastic physics and engineering students at Germanna, excellent ambassadors to instill a deeper appreciation of what physics and engineering are all about, she said. “Many people think that science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, in particular physics and engineering, are challenging. They are. But they are also fun, exciting, practical, and extremely relevant to our lives.”
The Jane at Grant Park is a great example of adaptive reuse. A former warehouse encompassing a full city block, The Jane now includes lofts, as well as retail and restaurants.
Heartwalk, a sculpture made from reclaimed Atlantic City boardwalk pieces, is shown here on tour in Brooklyn. NYCDOT.
You may not have noticed it, but if you’ve eaten at Bryan Sikora’s lovely La Fia in Wilmington, any of Jose Garces’ spots, Jake’s in Manayunk or Stephen Starr’s Fette Sau, you’ve been in the presence of recycled building materials and rescued architectural finishes. Artists have long been hip to this karmic win/win, using found objects to create jaw-dropping masterpieces of all stripes. Heartwalk, a 30-foot wooden heart sculpture installed in Atlantic City last November, was created by Brooklyn, N.Y., design firm Situ Studio, which used reclaimed wood from Hurricane Sandy-battered boardwalks.
Taking inspiration from African tribal art and patterns, designer Davide G. Aquini designed Soninke, a buffet made with recycled wood.