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Frederic Dalbin

Architect, Wright & Dalbin Architects in El Paso

Achieving Sustainability by Adaptive Reuse

PRESENTED ON OCT 15, 2016
IN EL PASO @ VOL 14

Projections show that 50% of architectural design in the next 20+ years and beyond will be for renovating and re-purposing existing buildings.  This represents an historic opportunity for the architecture and building community to reverse the most significant crisis of modern time:  energy depletion and environmental degradation.  Fred Dalbin demonstrate approaches and practices for conservation and adaptive re-use of the existing built environment through projects completed by this firm.

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Reduce, Reuse, Refuse

BY SAMATHY WOO
@ VOL 26 ON DEC 01, 2015

Samathy Woo has grown a casual get-together of 3 friends to an online swap or "care-to-share" community of over 1000. She discusses overconsumption, reducing waste, and why expensive things are of no value if you don't use them. 

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Historic Preservationist

BY JASON HITCHCOCK
@ VOL 20 ON MAY 23, 2016

Jason Hitchcock gives us a look at design in adaptive reuse.

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Historic Preservation is Dead!

BY ELIZABETH BLASIUS
@ VOL 38 ON JUN 07, 2016

Elizabeth Blasius instructs us to pour a drink and mourn the passing of historic preservation for buildings.

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One Planet. Not Three.

BY DUNCAN BAKER-BROWN
@ VOL 27 ON JUN 28, 2017

A motivating, inspiring and truthful visual tale of how we need to rethink what materials we are using and how we use them by architect Duncan Baker-Brown.

How can we save this planet by thoughtful design and practice? 

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Ribbon of Green: DL&W Rail Trail

BY JAJEAN ROSE-BURNEY
@ VOL 19 ON MAR 14, 2018

"Amid a dense urban environment, a beautiful ribbon of green stretches off into the distance…”

In Ribbon of Green: DL&W Rail Trail from PechaKucha Buffalo Vol. 19, Deputy Executive Director of the Western New York Land Conservancy, Jajean Burney, describes the vision of a 1.5-mile elevated linear park, greenway and rail trail on the former Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad corridor in Buffalo, New York. Similar to the High Line park in Manhattan, where an abandoned stretch of the New York Central Railroad has been transformed to a vibrant public space, the goal of the DL&W Rail Trail is to redevelop an obsolete infrastructure as public space to encourage human connection with nature and neighborhoods. 

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The Detroit Industrial Adaptive Reuse Initiative

BY MARTA GAZDA-AUSKALNIS
@ VOL 35 ON MAY 10, 2018

The Detroit Industrial Adaptive Reuse Initiative is dedicated to identifying positively impactful strategies for Detroit’s vacant and underutilized industrial spaces. Alicia Adams + Marta Gazda’s 8-month effort is focused on developing thoughtful, innovative, and inclusive strategies for the reutilization for nearly 6 square miles of underutilized space for workforce, sustainable systems, recreation, and community support.

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Sustainable Containers

BY MARK WILLE
@ VOL 47 ON SEP 19, 2018

Builder Mark Wille is the go to guy for construction, green materials, sustainable consulting, net zero projects, passive house projects & a variety of types of off-site building technologies.  Here he talks about his passions for sustainabiity and shipping containers.

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Creative Conservation

BY DAVID WOODCOCK
@ VOL 20 ON SEP 24, 2019

Interventions to the form and use of existing buildings are inevitable, as is the need for change. Preservationists “manage change wisely,” and as such are really Conservationists.  Creativity is as essential to heritage conservation as it is to the creation of new work. Indeed, it is arguable that to be a curator of built heritage as well as a creator of interventions requires greater skill and insight.

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Good Waste

BY EWAN ALSTON
@ VOL 37 ON JUN 12, 2019

Ewan Alston is a designer and maker specialising in material ows and the circular economy. He is currently completing an MA in Design Products at the Royal College of Art, where his work has focussed on the production systems that de ne products and their footprint, and on how cities can move towards local, circular manufacturing.
Recent projects include furniture made from waste marble from an industrial site, designed for the neighbouring housing development; and a series of lamp designs that would automatically adapt to whatever metal offcuts are locally available at a given moment.
ewanalston.com / @ewan.alston