A Framework House

February 25, 2009

A Framework House

A Framework House is a housing projected aimed to reduce waste by customization.  The idea is that if you make housing really easy to change, and you make it modular, the process of creating homes can be super streamlined, yet super personalized, creating simultaniously, a more efficient housing process and a more personal product.


Apartment 131 Video

February 25, 2009

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Hello everyone!  I’m excited to announce the completion of an exciting project for Preserve Industries.  Over the past 4 months, Preserve Industries has worked with 3 architecture students at the Illinois Institute of Technology to create a living space usingonly what the residence had, as well as what they could find on the street.  It was a pure project in adaptive reuse and living on a strict budget.  In the end, the students spent less than $500 to completely outfit a 12oo square foot open warehouse loft into a 3 bedroom liveable space, with character and style at that!  The students, Steven Booher, Adam Smith, and student/ Preserve founder Marc Couillais inhabited the space with aboslutely nothing but furniture from their previous homes.  Over the course of a semester, they collected materials and built their rooms out of whatever they could found around their neighborhood.  Materials range from milk crates, to canvas, to discarded micro film.  Over the next few weeks, we will review the different systems used in the project as well as leasons learned.  This simple video will give you a quick overview of what was accomplished and how the space turned out.  Rememer, this was done for less than $500!!

50 Houses: Interiors

December 16, 2008

On the 50 house interiors we aim to create a raw space, flexible and open to interpretation to allow the resident to really personalize the space and make it there own.  Nonya Grenader has a wonderful example of this idea in her Core House.

This will also reduce cost as the interior partitions can be removed, holes can be patched using remaining materials and very little finishing work will need to be completed.  The scars will act as character, telling the story of the structure and therefore provide value and comfort where they are usually seen as items to disguise and hide away.

50 Houses: Materials

September 21, 2008

Houses made out of the remnants of other houses: Tiny Texas Houses.  Everything from the 50 Houses project will be reused in a similar fashion.  Everything that comes out of a house, and isn’t rotted and totally ruined will be put back in a house someday.

Roof shingles made from fly-dumped car tires: CoLab.  We want to think creatively to find cheap, sustainable solutions to basic problems.  Here is a great example.

Still on the lookout for similar ideas…

Hello World! We are really excited to share with you an interactive project we have initiated in the Fulton Market District of Chicago. We’ve take 3 architecture students and asked them to live in a warehouse loft for 9 months. The catch? The loft is completely open, free of partition walls and the students are only allowed to create their personal space out of found materials.

The goal of the project is to study a new form of living. A lifestyle where the users generate their own spaces using what they have and what they can find. How will they divide the space amongst themselves? How will their individual spaces change over time as they get lived in and conditions change? How do they address privacy? What materials do they find and build with? How do they use waste materials in new ways

We invite you to join us on this adventure and follow along as we take a look at each resident, their building materials, and how their user generated spaces live and adapt.

50 Houses

September 11, 2008

So the project is called 50 Houses, and basically it looks at a neighborhood where 1000 houses once stood and only 50 are left.  The phenomenon of “Urban Prairie,” where whole blocks are just left to nature, where neighborhoods once stood but now it’s just wreckage and abandonment.  This is pretty much characterized by the city of Detroit, where a population of 3,000,000 somehow dwindled to less than 1,000,000, 2/3 of the population gone, leaving thousands, and thousands and thousands of houses abandoned.

This project looks at a solution for that, how we can take that condition and turn it into something positive as opposed to negative.  Rather than have the city doze the place, using tax payer dollars, and starting over, we choose to leave what’s left there, and not only use it but to celebrate it.  To look at it’s history, it’s past, what it went through, rather than just putting up some townhouses that we already know don’t work.  We want to somehow bring regeneration to the city and to glorify the urban prairie for what it is, to make it the new place to be.

In the 70’s, artists flocked to New York warehouses because they were seemingly unwanted, useless, nobody would dare think to live in one, and so they were cheap.  Detroit is seen in a similar light today, seen as dangerous, unfit for the average person,  seen as dirty and inhabitable.  The starving economy, ever so prevalent in Detroit, the foreclosure, the abandonment all figure into the equation, which equals really really low property values and an excess of space.

Nobody is denying the corruption in the government, nobody is denying the crime,  nobody is denying the abandonment , but we do seem to be denying the possibility that something beautiful could come from that.

In the 50 Houses project, we look at stabilizing the remaining homes in these burnt out neighborhoods, gutting the interiors, reusing everything, leaving a simple lofted space open to your suggestion and input.  A space that maintains the history of place, maintaining a certain aesthetic recognition to the past, yet completely open to your lifestyle.

Lofts were made out of warehouses because they were there, unwanted, cheap.  Today, 100 year old residential structures that are left hanging on in Detroit, beyond restoration, they are still there, they are unwanted, and they are cheap.  Instead of infilling the neighborhood with poor quality townhomes,  the fields will be left to grow natural prairie grasses, that are so prevalent in urban prairies, reading not only to the recent past, but also the days before we were even here.  In the winter, this can be harvested, converted to biofuel, and used to heat the homes.  Community gardens might pop up, providing fresh local food for the residents.  Maybe a past garage is turned into a chicken coop, providing eggs and poultry.  Maybe a park gets built out of the remains of the past buildings allowing a place for relaxation and for children to play.  Maybe a new community could grow, rich with context, rich with history, rich with creativity, sustainability, and ambition.

Yes, we can look at things with a new perspective, we can use what we already have, we can build a new America, we can build a new Detroit.  Yes we can turn what little we have, into our greatest asset.

Record Wall

July 20, 2008

Records have long been outdated, being overtaken by the 8-track, the cassette tape, the CD and now the MP3. If you’re into alternative craft than it’s no secret that these 12 inch discs can be melted down and morphed to form infinite shapes, most commonly used to create decorative bowls.

Now, we’ve also noted a recent trend in wall graphics, and 3D wall tiles. Given the rising trend and the easy moldability of the outdated record, it just seemed to make sense, to create a wall solution out of the used records. We are still perfecting the idea but here are some examples.

Coming soon to our Etsy Store.

Bucky on Reuse

July 10, 2008

From the Where blog…

“Pollution is nothing but the resources we are not harvesting. We allow them to disperse because we’ve been ignorant of their value.”
— B. Fuller

More @ core77.

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Welcome to Preserve.TV!  This is our first episode and I must admit it’s quite rusty, but it’s a start to something we hope is great.  In this episode we discuss Zero Branding or branding your materials using only reused materials.  We hit all the basis from why to reuse to how, enjoy and be sure to tell us what you think!!

Summer Tease

July 8, 2008

Our Summer T collection has been unveiled and can now be found at our Store…Also checkout our Shirts page that talks a bit about how our shirts are made and gives an overview of the designs.