Category Archives: gardening

Dig, dig, dig

(Photo by busymonster) This blog developed from our search for adaptively reused quarries and when we relaunched it back in April last year our first post was about the adaptive reuse of a cement works near Vancouver, now the Butchart Gardens, one of the most visited tourist attractions in Canada. We were trying to prove […]

The real post-modernism

We’ll confess we’d like to be corrupted and this post is a straight out attempt at getting some payola. Admittedly the subject, the Dutch designers Meesters & Van Der Park, deserve all the praise we can give them but unfortunately they have just announced the split up of their partnership. So we’re saying nothing but […]

There’s only one Silver Bullet

The Silver Bullet Cafe at Alice Springs in outback Australia is like a pattern book of adaptive reuse and recycling projects. In fact it has more than 90% recycled materials. Consisting of several 4.2m x 15m Silver Bullet caravans once used as remote area schoolrooms it also incorporates the remains of a WWII ordnance depot. […]

The gardener on the roof

There can be no doubt that urban agriculture is going to get more of our attention in the future but we draw the line at the adaptive reuse of entire city buildings for intensive urban farming, a dubious idea that seems to be yet another attempt to extend corporate control of food production, an issue […]

Call the gift therapist

Call that a bottle top? This is a bottle top! Jorre van Aste’s jar tops reminded us of this, the Twist and Spout, been around for a while but we noticed it again on the Core77 gift list. We also saw this on their list, an elegant hybrid adaptively reusing the design of both the […]

Reindeer droppings

Decorate your tree with adaptively reused circuit boards, then buy presents like this American Gulag bracelet from richterstudios inc, or wineglasses from the Eden Project store or a paper pot maker or a personal solar panel or a Rockbox open source mp3 player (photo by Andrew Mason). or a MAKE warranty voider (go on, you […]

That old eyesore

Three years ago we helped form the Lithgow Branch of the National Trust. One of the things that drove us to it was the pointless demolition of the old gas holder near the centre of town, “that old eyesore” as it was known. A valiant defence campaign by a resident (who we later discovered was […]

Spam, spam, spam, spam,

spam, spam, spam, spam…what good is it? Well, believe it or not it can be adaptively reused. You can make a t-shirt from it, you can make poetry and pictures with it or you can make sculpture with it and plants. But the site where the images above come from is very annoying because alex […]

Unnatural gardening

The sad saga of the Thomas Street, Box Hill garden that was posted on Lucazoid’s site got us looking at urban agriculture. The residents had turned the entire backyard into an organic vegetable garden only to discover their landlord was a lawn lover who considered they had damaged the property. The whole garden had to […]

Sit on a tuffet

A tuffet is a low stool or a clump of grass and you can sit on either. The days of the hedge carpenter and chair bodger may be long gone but you can still grow your own stool… Or you could even turn your lawn into an armchair… provided you can stop laughing at this […]