Backhoes Buried In A Building’s Foundation Because It’s Cheaper.

Buried backhoe.

From the ‘If you can afford it, you can consume it’ file comes the story of how construction equipment is being buried in a building’s foundation because it’s cheaper than getting a crane to lift it out.

From Gizmodo:

“So these diggers team up, usually two-per-property, and carve out a little slice of heaven underfoot, sometimes up to 75 feet into the earth (where else are you supposed to store your fleet of vintage Ferraris, eh?).

Then what? Well, these super heavy mechanical shovels are basically stuck. Cranes can be used to lift them out but that’s expensive and generally a logistical nightmare. It’s cheaper and easier to essentially do nothing, so these machines being given a burial of sand and gravel right there where they’ve finished their work.”

Sweet! You can read more about this in the New Statesman.

So the classic children’s book “Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel” was a Jubbling exception. With no need for an earth mover in the basement of these buildings, burying the hardware is the only illogical solution. Hopefully they let thieves part it out first. [G]


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Stadium Lofts: Repurposing Indianapolis’s Art Deco Bush Baseball Stadium Into 134 Residences.

Stadium Lofts - Bush Stadium Indianapolis.Jubbling loves the Stadium Lofts project. Adaptively designed by Heartland Design, the Stadium Loft complex is turning Indianapolis’s old Bush Stadium into 134 residences.

Bush Stadium was built in 1931 but hasn’t seen any baseball action since 1996. More recently, the art deco stadium was used as a parking lot for Cash for Clunker cars. Now, as part of Develop Indy redevelopment project, the normally demolished stadium is being turned into housing. From The Architect’s Newspaper:

“Bush Stadium’s stone art deco entrance and flanking brick walls have been incorporated into the new building, and the stadium’s steel canopy forms the roof. The existing structure has been shored up and windows added to the brick walls.”

Other features include creating common areas out of the original ticket booths and the baseball field (with concrete replacing base paths) will remain as an open green space for residents.

The Stadium Lofts will have easy access to pedestrian paths and trails and convenient access to shopping, restaurants and downtown. What’s not to like? [The Architect’s Newspaper]



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Corrosive Concrete Halts Construction Of Second Tallest Building In The World.

Ping'an International Finance Center
Ping'an International Finance CenterIt’s probably too late to reconsider constructing the 660m, 116-story Ping’an International Finance Center so hopefully they can get it right. What’s halting construction? It turns out that several contractors supplying concrete to the project may have been using unprocessed sea sand in their mix which over time, could compromise the stability of the future 2nd tallest building in the world and the tallest building in China. From Dezeen:

“While cheap sea sand offers cost-saving opportunities for contractors, the salt and chloride present in it can corrode steel reinforcements over time and ultimately cause a building to collapse.”

With the delays and the possible added cost of removing and replacing all of the skunk-concrete, maybe the developers will stop at 58 stories and cut their losses. The Ping’an International Finance Center was only going to be the second tallest skyscraper in the world anyways. [Dezeen via Inhabitat]

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Reduce, Recycle, Reuse, Repurpose: Former Grain Silo Jubblingly Converted To Student Housing.

Grünerløkka Student House - Oslo Norway.Instead of ending up in one of those YouTube demolition compilation videos, a grain silo in Oslo Norway was converted into a 19 story student housing structure. The Grünerløkka Student House was recycled in 2001 and has 226 residences. From Inhabitat:

“Residents of Grünerløkka Studenthus enjoy excellent views of Oslo, as the 174-foot structure towers over its surroundings. The building consists of mostly studios and one-bedroom apartments, and unsurprisingly, most of the rooms are round. The unique building has become an architectural icon, and it won the City of Oslo’s Architecture Prize in 2002.”

It’s great to hear stories about a carefully designed building that reuses an existing structure. In a way, they trump newly constructed LEED Platinum rated buildings. [Inhabitat]

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Nothing Says ‘Consumption’ Like A 1200 Sq. Ft. Luxury Garage With Flat Screen, Library Etc.

Maserati Dream Garage in Los Angeles.This dream garage recently one a design award. The garage was designed by Holger Schubert of archisis for a home in Los Angeles. Here’s a description (from Design Driven):

“The 1,200 square foot space provides a designated spot for the car and a large open area for a couch, a slide-away TV, a built-in book shelve in front of a large storage room, as well as a small kitchen, a bathroom and a library.

An area of 8′ x 12′ is made of sandblasted aluminum grating that is set flush into the concrete floors. It hides a 9′ long steel ramp, which the driver raises five inches by remote control to create a slope sufficient for the car to roll out and be started outdoors.”

In a nutshell – this garage is nicer than my house. Who needs this much to house their car? The only person I could think of was Cameron’s dad from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and you probably know already what Cameron thought of his father… [Design Driven via Neatorama]


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Republican Mayor Of Lancaster CA Wants To Require Solar Panels On Every New Home.

Solar Lancaster
Mayor of Lancaster California R. Rex ParrisWhat the what – Republican Mayor wants solar panels on every new home? It’s true. R. Rex Parris, the Mayor of Lancaster California, wants to institute a new requirement that all new homes built after January 1, 2014 must include solar panels. From Greentech:

“The purpose of the solar energy system standards is to encourage investment in solar energy on all parcels in the city, while providing guidelines for the installation of those systems that are consistent with the architectural and building standards of the City. It is further intended to provide standards and procedures for builders of new homes to install solar energy systems in an effort to achieve greater usage of alternative energy.”

Those damn treehugging Republicans! Why can’t they stay out of renewable energy and stick to advocating fossil fuels so it’s easier to paint them as the enemy? I think this quote from Mayor Parris answers that question:

“[Mayor Parris noted that Lancaster is] one of the most conservative Republican districts in the country. But Republicans are smart,” he said. “When you show them a solution, they will take it.”

So it’s smart to move to solar; it doesn’t have to be green. [Greentech]

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