Today, while reading one of my million daily newsletters, I was inspired to find my readers some stories about Adaptive Reuse. What exactly is adaptive reuse, you might ask? In my opinion, it’s when people ingeniously utilize a space or building for something other than its original intention. This usually requires a change in codes and zoning of course, but how can one not love something so….sustainable? Here are a few examples I’ve found in my search today:
1. The Bemis Building – right here in Seattle’s SODO neighborhood! A very old (by American standards of course) burlap factory that was turned into incredible artists’ live/work lofts.
2. Ruined Georgian Church turned into Home in England – thank you Freshome Blog! GORGEOUS example of how a couple turned an ancient church into a new home. Definitely an appreciation of history here!
3. 7 (More) Amazing Adaptive Reuse Architecture Projects – WebUrbanist’s list of some incredible examples of this GREAT topic!
These are just a few of the myriads of examples available to you on the web. I love that there are designers and architects out there who are willingly thinking completely outside the “building it new is always better” box!
From such a humble street entrance, not many would hazard a guess that inside is one of the most unique theaters Seattle has to offer: the Harvard Exit Theatre! Tucked away in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood at 807 E Roy St, this quaint little brick building is a perfect venue for your latest interest in film of the independent, foreign or indie genres.
Operated by Landmark Theatres since 1979, but built in 1925, the theatre is sure to impress; from the charming outdoor ticket window, to the small concessions booth (sans long lines and screaming children) offering classic popcorn with a twist: soy butter, and a friendly and quiet staff, all among old world architectural details throughout! Prices are also less steep and the environment is much more suitable for enjoyment of the art that is film.
Definitely worth the jaunt from Downtown!
Chris and I decided to go an afternoon date to this little jewel, to see a movie that was definitely strikingly different than the surroundings of the venue: Exit Through the Gift Shop.
This movie, if you haven’t heard, is a documentary originally intended to be about the notorious British street artist, Banksy, but which was later turned into a documentary about the not-as-well-known, but still notorious, Mr. BrainWash. The film ultimately turns into a documentary about the entire Street Art movement, enlightening, funny, and interesting even in its dullest moments. The account is one of the most vivid and thorough of the documentation of illegal art since probably Tony Silver’s Style Wars.
The film follows the filmmaker-turned-artist, Thierry Guetta or “Mr. BrainWash,” on his journey into a world that he only happened upon but became utterly enthralled with. I personally felt that the movie was a mix of documentary and historical or educational. Any fan of Street Art or Modern Art in general should see this movie. It’s a great way of really getting into the world of subversive art. The film will only be on at the Harvard Exit Theatre in Seattle a bit longer, so don’t hesitate! Cast/Testimonial Interviews include: Banksy, Thierry Guetta, Shepard Fairey, the Space Invader, just to drop a few names.
Today, was Earth Day 2011. I had to work all day at my part-time job, so I want to at least leave you all asking yourselves some questions about what WE can do to help the Earth.
I’ve posted a few interesting links (care of Mother Nature Network) here:
Earth Day turns 40 – a great animated video about the last 40 years of Earth Days,
15 Most Toxic Places to Live – this will make you thankful if you DON’T live in these places but also sad and frustrated that they exist,
and, boatloads more on their community site!
Being a Greenie, myself, I think we should all try and understand what kind of an impact we have on our planet. Right now, for example, there are no lights on in my apartment. 🙂 I’m still striving to live up to my New Year’s Resolution about only eating locally and organically – which is decidedly difficult on a college student budget. BUT – NOT IMPOSSIBLE! Also, I’m trying to eat less meat, which is probably one of the easiest yet most impacting change that one can make for the Earth. Just for kicks, all those interested should also consider supporting Green Genius and they’re INCREDIBLE biodegradable trash bags!
TotD: (A new thing I’m going to try, called Topic of the Day) Yang’s Blog on the De Stijl
While on break between classes, I stumbled upon (not the actual program, but in reality – Thank you Google!) another design student’s blog. What got me to go there? Something for research involving one of my classes (De Stijl), but for what will I go back? <– Therein lies the question I’m sure many bloggers themselves often ask about their own readers and blog topics.
Well, in my opinion, I look for articles that are:
– ARTICULATE, or
On that note, I would like to make a great call-out to Yang from yangsquare.com. I loved the piece you did about De Stijl, Rietveld, and, naturally, the Schroeder Huis in Utrecht, The Netherlands. As a design student, I know how much work it takes to research, develop CAD drawings, build accurate models, create digital models and render beautiful drawings. I commend you, Yang, and also want to say thank you, for consolidating it into one great post. I’d also like to add for anyone interested (umm….yes I was and I guess this is the geeky part) you can download Yang’s drawing file with floorplans, elevations, sections, and axonometrics.
If you’re wondering what one could ever want these for…well, I guess you just have to be a bit of a history and design addict to understand.
Yes – I downloaded it…it was my guilty pleasure for the day!
Really cool, and AWESOME videos for students or professionals to check out, especially if interested in Design, Architecture, ART in general.
History of Design III today with Loucinda (my instructor) was really interesting, we are starting with De Stijl and early modernists. Commercial Design is already going well, studying the history of office design, and developing a design of our own.
Personal note: I’m going to start my own version of a “to-do-before-death” list, more a “travel here, see this before I die” list. First entry: The Rietveld-Schroeder Huis (house) in Utrecht, The Netherlands. More to come. A LOT MORE TO COME.