As American Carpenters in Paris you learn quickly how little wood is used in construction and renovation here.
Bottom line; it’s just too expensive.
Much of Europe has been deforested many hundreds of years ago. In fact the first US patent was for potash or wood ashes used for fertilizer, which was sold to Britain and other European countries.
But lately, it seems as if wood has been getting a bad rap.
The focus on sustainable development never seems to include lumber as a material of choice; that is until now.
In the article, Towers Proposed For Paris Would Be The World’s Tallest Wooden Structures wood evangelist and architect Michael Green argues exactly the opposite.
He says because of new technological advances wood as a building material has become stronger, safer, and more economical than steel.
But Green goes even further, “Just as Gustave Eiffel shattered our conception of what was possible a century and a half ago, this project can push the envelope of wood innovation with France in the forefront.”
And with a name like ‘Green’ it’s kind of hard not listen.
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What It’s Like to Be a Woman in a Field That’s Still 99 Percent Male Nina MacLaughlin. (Photo: Beowulf Sheehan)
In 2008, journalist Nina MacLaughlin quits her desk job of seven years with no plan for what to do next. Though she had no experience to speak of she jumped at the chance to apply to a Craigslist job posting for a carpenter’s assistant. She was especially heartened by the tagline “Women strongly encouraged to apply,” and sent off her application right away.
She got the job, and has been a carpenter in Cambridge, Massachusetts, ever since.
In her new memoir, ‘Hammer Head: The Making of a Carpenter’, MacLaughlin tells us her experience of abandoning her desk job and the satisfaction and joy of learning to work with her hands. She spoke with the Cut about what her career switch taught her about ambition, how working as a carpenter changed her own femininity, and what it’s like to be a woman in a field that’s still 99 percent male.
To read the full interview click the photo or click here.
Posted in All Things Considered, Cabinetry, Drywall, Floors, Framing, Kitchen, Plaster, Property, Shower, Tools, Wood
- Tagged Beowulf Sheehan, Construction, Construction and Maintenance, Craigslist, desk job, Drywall, Home improvement, MacLaughlin, Materials and Supplies, Nina MacLaughlin, Renovation, United States
One can argue very few would find the above video interesting. Only the true construction aficionado would be captivated.
Enter the following article:
Heat sensitive tile construction inspired by the Aurora Borealis. Now were talking!
Posted in Bathroom, Design Ideas, Paris, Renovation in Paris, Shower, Tile, Tips and Tricks
- Tagged Apartment, appartement, Aurora Borealis, Bathroom, change colours, Construction, Heat sensitive, renovate, shower tiles
Rue Monge, Paris. Example of haussmannian architecture. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
It is difficult to grasp the true enormity of Georges-Eugène Haussmann’s renovation of Paris. This massive undertaking was begun and much of it was accomplished before the age of electricity. And although it was commissioned by Emperor Napoléon III, Haussmann’s work was met with fierce opposition, and as a result he was finally dismissed by Napoleon III in 1870.
This development project involved the demolition of entire medieval neighborhoods that were over crowded and plagued with disease. In their place wide avenues, parks and squares, were built along with the construction of new sewers, fountains, aqueducts, bridges, churches, theaters, hospitals, city halls and even public toilets. The street plan and distinctive style of Paris ‘centre ville’ we all know today is largely due to the result of Haussmann’s renovation.
Here is a video we put together. We’re trying to give the viewer a feel of the scope of this grand construction project with a run time of under 3 minutes.
Posted in Before and After, Demolition, Renovation in Paris, Uncategorized
- Tagged Construction, Culture of France, France, Georges-Eugène Haussmann, Haussmann, haussmannian architecture, Napoleon III, Paris