Besides being a terrific actor, Diane Keaton is a former board member of the Los Angeles Conservancy and is currently a trustee of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. She bemoans the loss of the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles.
There are 8,000 vacant houses in Cleveland; the city is demolishing 1,100 by the end of the year. You can push them down and take them to the dump in a day, or you can carefully deconstruct them and recover almost
New York isn't Shanghai, but it also is changing at a phenomenal rate. New York Magazine notes that "In the past fifteen fat years, more than 76,000 new buildings have gone up, more than 44,000 were razed, another 83,000 were radically renovated—a
We have stated that the real big step in building would be to ban demolition and renovate, but if the building has to come down, at least it should be deconstructed. The demolition numbers from the US EPA are shocking;
John Vidal of the Guardian looks at last month's torching of "green" McMansions and asks a lot of questions, like " The Earth Liberation Front was to blame. But was it? Does it even exist? And why is the Bush government intent on casting
The Carrot Some Vegans Deplore"TWO things that you can find a lot of in Portland, Ore., are vegans and strip clubs. Johnny Diablo decided to open a business to combine both." New York Times catches up with the notorious vegan strip club.See TreeHugger's
Street of Dreams is a type of home show where builders go all out to build jazzy homes that are used for fund-raising and then sold. Often over-the-top McMansions, the 2007 Seattle Street of Dreams was built to more "modest" scales of between 4,200 and
We have expressed reservations about demolition, but if you are going to do it, do it like Alice Keller, who dismantled her existing 1300 square foot home and rebuilt her new one with the same 2x4s. According to the New York Times, "The crew left the
Designated an historic structure, the Simcoe Hotel "was built in 1887 by Charles Ayre, who operated the facility as a small hotel which served the working-class neighbourhood "Riverside" (now part of Leslieville). The building is architecturally
This TreeHugger thinks that we should ban demolition; that every building has embodied energy and value, and there should be a damn good reason before one is allowed to take it down. We have posted about the demolition of the ouvre of architect Paul
Walnut Hall, Toronto
TreeHugger defends the little steps that we all have to take to address the problems that face us, but we have to consider the big steps too, the initiatives that have to be legislated. Buildings consume 76% of electricity
There has been a lot of demolition going on as houses are demolished for new monsters or renovated, and a number of different ways to get rid of the stuff that comes out, much of which has value. Usually the better ways to ensure re-use are Habitat for
We have written before about how Paul Rudolph houses and buildings are dropping like flies; here is one that will be saved. Two New York designers have bought the 3.900 square foot clapboard house and are moving it 200 miles to Catskill, NY.
Kisho Kurokawa's 1972 Capsule Tower was, along with Moshe Safdie's Habitat in Montreal, the pioneer in modernist multiple unit prefab. 140 capsules were attached by high tension bolts to a central core. Each of the tiny rooms had built in TV's and