Repaired Things

Tiled Wall
February 16, 2014, 6:55 pm
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natalia porter bolland wall

Photo by Natalia Porter Bolland

Beautiful Replaced Floor Tiles
October 8, 2013, 8:14 pm
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This image was posted to Facebook by Brian McCorkle in March. I asked him twice where it was taken, and he wouldn’t tell me.

Love the half-attempt to match the pattern of the original tiles.

Also, this looks like a portal into another universe.

Mended Fence
February 12, 2012, 4:35 pm
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Like a gold tooth.

Screws AND wire for maximum soundness!

Propped-Up Facade
November 18, 2011, 11:01 am
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“The facade of this building on the corner of 6th Avenue and 13th Street is made of sheets of stone. For a long time this summer and fall, the bottom pieces were gone, and the rest of the facade was held up with pieces of 2x4s. It was like this the whole way around the building.” — Simone Meltesen

Bound Railing
March 5, 2011, 1:24 pm
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Sunset Park, Brooklyn.

Repurposed Buildings: Adaptive Reuse
November 7, 2010, 12:52 pm
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I received an e-mail about the Interior Design program at RISD:

“A field at the intersection of architecture, conservation and design of the built environment, Interior Architecture takes an innovative approach to the reuse and transformation of existing buildings. Every built structure eventually faces three possibilities: demolition, preservation or adaptive reuse. RISD’s Interior Architecture Department has focused on the latter since 1947, when Ernst Lichtblau assumed leadership. An architect, designer and student of Otto Wagner, he changed the name and professional orientation of the department from Interior Design to Interior Architecture, which shifted the focus from the application of surface materials to understanding the design of ‘a building from the interior to the exterior.’ ”

Some great examples are museums!

The Tate used to be a power station. The Tate’s architects, Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron, said this about their adaptive re-use: “This is a kind of Aikido strategy where you use your enemy’s energy for your own purposes. Instead of fighting it, you take all the energy and shape it in unexpected and new ways.”

The Musee D’Orsay used to be a train station.

PS1 used to be a school, and the building has hardly changed.

October 20, 2010, 7:23 pm
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Eric saw this in a stairwell…

March 16, 2010, 6:45 pm
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Artist Jan Vormann made some site-specific architectural repairs in the Italian village of Bocchignano as well as in New York.

I love the contrast in color, texture, organic vs inorganic shapes. I also love that the reason for needing repair is erosion – very slow, not like a plate smashing. Thanks Martha!

Outdoor Beverage Niche
September 26, 2009, 3:49 pm
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“It covers the jagged edges of a hole in a metal window grate, so that example A) snapple, can be placed on sill with ease. Without the snapple, it would be different, for what, small animal..? BUT we don’t know if the person who put exhibit A is actually the same as person who softened the edges. It is a funny combination, that obviously snapple applicator has taken full advantage of.” — Carrie Dashow


July 23, 2009, 2:57 pm
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Bandaid – by Russ Anderson