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Reuse Everything Experiement February 19, 2010

Posted by 2030arch in LEED STUDY GROUP.
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Witness this first ever attempt to reuse 100% of an old dilapidated home into a new home construction project.

The REX House, located at 2030 SE REX St. Portland Oregon, will be featured during the Ultimate Open House – produced by the HBA April 18th-20th and April 25th-27th. Continuous local media coverage including KPTV (Fox affiliate), The Oregonian newspaper, and KEX radio.

Shannon Quimby, published author, HGTV Designer and one of the nation’s top Renew-it experts, takes on the biggest reuse project of her career – infusing 100% of an old dilapidated home into new home construction. Her goal: share with everyone, the way to recycle and keep our landfills from overflowing with useable construction materials. “I’m determined to show that with ingenuity, reclaiming an old home is practical, fun and a potential money saver.”

Not only is the old house going to be infused into the new, but the landscaping too. All old growth trees and plants are going to be transplanted. The neighborhood history will be saved too!

web site http://www.shannonquimby.com/rex/

Safe Trestles February 19, 2010

Posted by 2030arch in Competitions.
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Access to Trestles, one of North America’s most celebrated waves, is under threat due to safety and environmental concerns. Currently, over 100,000 people each year follow informal trails through wetlands and over active train tracks to gain access to the surf breaks at Trestles. These impromptu manmade paths present a safety hazard with passing trains and threaten the fragile ecosystem of Trestles.

In response, a coalition of concerned groups organized by the volunteer non-profit organization Architecture for Humanity, are launching “Safe Trestles,” an open-to-all, two-stage design competition to create a safe pathway to serve surfers, the local coastal community and day visitors to San Onofre State Beach. This coalition is looking for cohesive designs that eliminate the danger of crossing active train tracks, help to restore wetlands that have been damaged by the present path, preserve and improve vistas, and offer education about the history of the site and the beach marsh environment. The new path should ensure continued access to the resources by all members of our community and adhere to Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards.

While placing no limitations on the originality or imaginativeness of design ideas, we are looking for tangible low-impact solutions that can actually be built at a future date. Ideally, the winning entry will be sensitive to the remote and undisturbed nature of the area—providing safe access without compromising the pristine environment and views of this rare example of natural Southern California coast.

check out link for more info

http://openarchitecturenetwork.org/competitions/trestles