Archive for March, 2015

158clifton_artifacts_blogA volunteer fire helmut, news fragments, a roofing trawl, a child’s dress and a few yards of silk fabric – salvaged material culture.


reclaimedboardwalk_worldsfairThe U.S. Pavillion at the 2015 World’s Fair is designed for the experience of pleasure, but it’s also built to provoke dialogue. Focused on food production and the health of the planet, American Food 2.0: United to Feed the Planet as it’s named, is a 35,000 ft. space designed by Architect James Biber (Biber Architects).

It features a range of innovative elements; a vertical farm, transparent technology that shows the inner workings of the fair – and a deck re-purposed from the Coney Island Boardwalk. Sawkill Lumber salvaged and re-manufactured the woods; specifically, the Tropical hardwood Angelique.

When the structure’s dismantled in the fall, the fabled walkway – a symbol of the urgent need for collaboration and the struggle for environmental liberty – will hope to continue it’s journey from a Brazilian Rainforest to the Brooklyn seaside, to a place on the European continent.



A first encounter in the Passive House renovation –  old party walls rise like a funhouse mirror. Here, Jim Hartin and Sal Rodriguez of Blueline Construction work on an approach. The painted line in the floor joist (upper left image) was marked in a direct vertical line at each floor, providing a consistent reference relative to the changing distance to the party wall.