musical architecture

wall that plays music when it rains

A group of artists by the names André Tempel, Christoph Roßner and Annette Paul have kitted out a wall in Germany with funnels.

Called the Neustadt Kunsthofpassage Funnel Wall, the façade of inter-connecting funnels and water spouts allow the water to flow through them, creating a wide variety of sounds.

The bright blue exterior also makes the building a lot more cheerful, adding to its novelty.”

old wood pallets made into rustic but beautiful floors


“Turning what is usually regarded as junk wood into a finished flooring material is a fine example of upcycling. As with shipping containers, this provides a useful outlet for this plentifully available product which is another adjunct to product shipping and transportation. Much of the appealing character of the arctic plank flooring comes from the variety and character it acquires during its first incarnation as shipping material.”

arctic plank

via Jetson Green

new life for old carpets

sometimes creative reuse of old things can result in something “better” than the original… ABC Carpet over-dye DIY On Sunday, May 22, 2011 Priscilla on her blog A Kind of Love wrote: “Like many bloggers out there, I loved the Color Reform rugs from ABC Carpet, but alas, I do not have $10,000 to spend on a rug. Anthropologie came out with their version of the over-dyed rug, but it paled in comparison with ABC Carpet’s version and still cost a pretty penny.
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deconstruction over demolition

resource management strategies


the mission: “greenGoat facilitates evolutionary resource management (from our beginnings in salvaging and recycling construction and demolition - ‘C&D’ - debris to our current offerings in energy, water, and air) for building industry vendors (architects, engineers, and contractors), developer/owners, and building material manufacturers. We offer a variety of tools to conserve resources in each step of the building process: specification language, vendor referrals, logistical help, and LEED reporting. We also work with experts in other areas of conservation to provide comprehensive green building advice.

deconstruction “differs from demolition where a site is cleared of its building by the most expedient means. Deconstruction has also been defined as “construction in reverse”. The process of dismantling structures is an ancient activity that has been revived by the growing field of sustainable, green building. Buildings, like everything, have a life-cycle. Deconstruction focuses on giving the materials within a building a new life once the building as a whole can no longer continue.

When buildings reach the end of their useful life, they are typically demolished and hauled to landfills. Implosions or ‘wrecking-ball’ style demolition is relatively inexpensive and offers a quick method of clearing sites for new structures. On the other hand, this method creates substantial amounts of waste. Components within old buildings may still be valuable, sometimes more valuable than at the time the building was constructed. Deconstruction is a method of harvesting what is commonly considered “waste” and reclaiming it into useful building material.”

for  more information, resources and links check out wikipedia: deconstruction

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