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October 1 - 4, 2020
Vancouver Convention Centre West
With 60% of Vancouver’s landfills consumed with materials from the residential construction industry, IDS Vancouver is keen to highlight demolition strategies that protect the salvaged content of a building. Where better to host those conversations and create dialogues than the central bar?
Measured Architecture, in collaboration with Powers Construction and Unbuilders, have re-imagined the central bar as a visual measurement to catalog the content of a typical home anticipating demolition. Fabricated completely on-site as an examination of a standard dismantled single-family home, the bar, aptly named Restock, utilizes a proportionally accurate visual account of all materials that are removed from a standard 33’ x 122’ Vancouver lot.
Measured Architecture and team will focus on a site’s desired 15% reclaimed salvage material using old-growth timber. Building paper will represent the 80 to 85% recycled content of a dismantled home, while PVC sheets will make up the remaining 5% waste awaiting the landfill. The team is celebrating sustainable practices through a commitment to consider, environmentally focused approaches. The project calls for no drill holes or cuts to maintain the integrity of the materials. Each piece will be connected through clips or straps, keeping all materials, which will be repurposed following IDS Vancouver’s completion, intact for future use.
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Measured Architecture is a Vancouver-based studio practice focused on modern design, interiors and landscapes. From its inception in 2007, the team has delivered exceptional public and private environments that are stimulating to occupy and fundamental to their surroundings. Founding principal Clinton Cuddington was joined by Piers Cunnington in 2009. Since that time, Measured has created a portfolio of award winning work that demonstrates an ability to craft considered, innovative and quality projects.
Measured practices situational modernism — a subject-based, humanist approach that considers a project through the aspirations of a client, the opportunities of a site and the constraints of a municipality, budget and schedule. Thoughtfulness and flow permeate the firm’s designs, as projects shape into backdrops for clients that are at once functional and aesthetic.
Measured's work supports a notion of sustainability that is rooted in thoughtful preservation, intentional and well-built detailing, and authentic materials used purposefully in building.
Powers Construction is a construction management company specializing in high end architectural projects. Their work has been featured in industry leading magazines such as Dwell, Canadian Architect, Azure and Western Living.
Powers Construction focuses on building new architectural homes that demand smart thinking and excellent craftsmanship. Whether it’s a detailed home from the ground up or a custom renovation, the crew is committed to each client's vision, right down to the finest detail.
Transitioning the construction industry to a holistic view of salvage and recycling is and has been a challenge. However, Powers Construction understands the necessity and urgency of that challenge. Powers Construction works to reuse as much material as possible throughout the job. The most obvious example of this is found in the wood formwork used for cast-in-place concrete. All form plywood is reused as structural sheathing and the 2x4 wood wailers are often reused multiple times for everything from scaffolding or back-framing to interior partition wall framing. When reusing no longer makes sense, they have put in place a robust recycling program to separate out all plastics, metals and paper products, as well as clean wood scraps .
Powers Constructions has also worked on numerous highly specific material reuse initiatives, ranging from landscape elements to interior finishes that require a creative sensibility that views ALL the materials onsite as a resource to be considered for reuse.
Unbuilders is Canada’s foremost deconstruction company. Based in Vancouver, they unbuild homes by hand and salvage almost everything, including irreplaceable old growth lumber, windows, doors, cabinets, fixtures and appliances.
Unbuilders maximizes the material salvage to minimize the cost, hassle and environmental footprint. They hold the City of Vancouver’s highest recorded salvage and recycle rate at 99.2%. The salvaged goods are donated to charity, generating a tax receipt for the building owner and reducing Unbuilders' cost below traditional demolition. Their preferred recipient charity, Habitat for Humanity, uses proceeds from the material sales to build affordable housing. Thus hiring Unbuilders satisfies the triple bottom line - planet, people, profit.
Unbuilders is led by Passive House builder turned unbuilder Adam Corneil and a skilled team of carpenters.
Unbuilders salvages and recovers old growth lumber, a finite and precious resource. This wood was milled from 500 to 1,000-year-old trees rarely seen or felled today. Unbuilders recaptures this history by keeping the irreplaceable lumber in the supply chain. They document all projects with pictures and videos and uncover the building’s history. Unbuilders are not only salvaging materials - they are salvaging local history.