COMMUNITY FORKLIFT: DECONSTRUCTION & REUSE

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(Image courtesy of Community Forklift blog)

Know the old saying, reduce, reuse, recycle? Well the nonprofit, Community Forklift, has been a leading organization in the area for reducing the amount of construction waste from commercial and residential renovations. Plus they stock a ton of vintage items perfect for your older home or just easier on your pocket.

Community Forklift is a nonprofit reuse center for home improvement supplies. We pick up donations of unwanted and salvaged building materials throughout the metro DC region.  Then, we make the building materials available to the public at low cost, and provide vintage materials for restoring old homes.  We also offer public education about reuse, and distribute free supplies to local nonprofits and neighbors in need.

See upcoming events on their website Community Forklift.

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DC CHIEF RESILIENCE OFFICER TALKS ABOUT FLOODS

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(Image from WTOP/Dave Dildine)

In an article in Washingtonian Magazine this past summer, How DC’s First Chief Resilience Officer is Planning for Disaster, Kevin Bush was interviewed about his job. As the DC’s first Chief Resiliency Officer, he works to strengthen the different systems in the city so that if we are faced with a catastrophe we can absorb the shock and/or have a plan in place to respond effectively. Here are some interesting excerpts from the article.

What types of risks are you looking at in Washington?

Shocks and stresses. Shocks are the big, acute, sudden things. A terrorist attack, a hurricane, and also non-emergency-management shocks: If there is a 2½-week federal-government shutdown, that’s a major shock to the system. The stresses are things you might think of as the everyday disasters—things that weaken our fabric. In DC, that’s the high cost of housing and stressed transportation networks.

What about flooding?

I don’t think most people in DC realize this, but we are a deltal city, so we have to deal with sea-level rises. The Potomac and the Anacostia are tidal rivers, and 70 percent of the land is coastal plain. Because DC was developed along a major fault line, we have a rate of soil subsidence. Those factors come together, and we actually have the fastest rate of sea-level rise along the East Coast. That’s important because if a hurricane makes a westward turn, like Sandy did, that would mean that storm surge would come up the Chesapeake and into all of the tidal rivers.

What’s your personal emergency plan? Do you have some kind of bunker under your house?

No, but when we bought our house, the first thing I did was air-seal and insulate it with R60 insulation. We also put in a wood-stove insert. The most common thing that might happen, perhaps during a derecho storm, is that the power would go out. If the power goes out in the winter, you’re welcome to come over to my house. I have a fully stocked liquor cabinet and plenty of heat.

Want to find out what you can do? Attend the Designing for Extremes: Building a Resilient City symposium, Feb. 07, 2019, at AIA|DC.

Visit Washingtonian Magazine for more articles about the area.

10 SECTORS, 10 SOLUTIONS: ARTISTS AND COMMUNITY CHANGE AT UMD

The University of Maryland’s School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation is currently hosting a new exhibit in partnership with ArtPlace America at the Kibel Gallery in College Park, MD.

10 Sectors, 10 Solutions: Artists and Community Change highlights 10 creative placemaking projects from around the country, each addressing a community in need, and each working within a traditional community planning and development sector.

Don’t miss the gallery talk, Creative Placemaking in Context on Monday, October 29, 2018 from 12pm-2pm, moderated by Adam Erickson with ArtPlace America. The conversation will include local artist Cassie Meador with Dance Exchange in Maryland and Carlton Turner with the Mississippi Center for Cultural Production, both who have creative placemaking projects in the exhibit.

The exhibit is free to the public and will run through January 1, 2019.

DON’T MISS ‘EVICTED’ AT THE NATIONAL BUILDING MUSEUM

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After taking a dip in the Snarkitecture ‘ball’ pool at the National Building Museum, take an educational walk through ‘Evicted’.

…an immersive new exhibition based on Matthew Desmond’s Pulitzer prize-winning book. Using recently released data researched by the Eviction Lab, the first nationwide database of evictions, Evicted brings visitors to the intimate, frustrating, painful, and often repeated process of losing everything—furniture, food, heat, school supplies—as a family starts all over, over and over again. Evicted opens April 14, 2018 and runs through May 19, 2019…

Located on the first level near the bookstore, this exhibit has free admission and is open to the public. See more at the National Building Museum.

SOCIAL IMPACT DESIGN CELEBRATION 2016

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Inscape Publico, a nonprofit architecture firm in Washington DC, is hosting it’s 2nd annual Social Impact Design Celebration. It is the social event for all of those supporting social impact design in architecture, design, development, and construction in the DC area. Tickets include hors d’oeuvres, an open bar, live music, unique silent auction items, and a chance to meet and view the work of leaders in the field. All proceeds will support the mission of Inscape Publico.

And…you can enter to win a new ‘Handsome Devil’ bicycle, valued at $1,200. Drawing will take place on Nov 2, 2016 at the Social Impact Design Celebration (need not be present to win). Bike raffle tickets here.

See more about Inscape Publico. Event tickets here.

NEW COMMUNITY DESIGN CENTER OPENS DC OFFICE – BUILDING COMMUNITY WORKSHOP

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Image courtesy of [bc] website showing project Crossing the Street | Activating Ivy City

Texas based nonprofit community design center, buildingcommunityWORKSHOP, or [bc] for short, has brought their talents to Washington DC. The organization seeks to improve the livability and viability of communities through the practice of thoughtful design and making.

We enrich the lives of citizens by bringing design thinking to areas of our cities where resources are most scarce. To do so, [bc] recognizes that it must first understand the social, economic, and environmental issues facing a community before beginning work.

Read more about their DC-based project Crossing the Street | Activating Ivy City.

PARK(ING) DAY 2015 – OBSERVED

This year I participated in PARK(ing) Day by visiting as many sites as I could while grabbing coffee with a friend. Has anyone planned a bike tour for these? There were so many that popped-up around DC!

Best advice for building your PARK(ing) Day park:

Plan in advance. These mini parks take a lot of creative thinking and material gathering so it’s best to start early.

See more about PARK(ing) Day here.