Archive for August 1st, 2013

War and Peace: Repurposed Military Structures

I mentioned earlier that we like watching You Live in What? There are several episodes that showcase refurbed military facilities – from a missle silo in Kansas, to World War II era military buildings in Germany. To kick things off with the “Restoration” series, what better way to start than with military facilities that have been transformed (and yes, I borrowed 99% of my title from theirs).

Of the ones mentioned, the ones that look the most interesting are the Hangar to Waterpark in Germany… something I might want to consider visiting if we ever spend a significant amount of time near Berlin.

And then there are the various locations converted to residential units and hotels… Most of the locations listed in the article are in Europe, but there’s a Civil War fort near Boston that might need to be visited if I’m up that way during the summer.

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Architectural Repurposing… (a new series)

MC and I watch a lot of HGTV. And by “a lot” I mean, it’s one of our regular channels that we don’t mind leaving it on if we feel we absolutely have to have the television on, and it’s something we don’t mind exposing JH to. (I mean, really – have you seen some of the other stuff that out there, even designed for kids? And there’s only so much available for kids under 2, after about 10am.)

I think I’ve mentioned before that growing up, I enjoyed watching things like This Old House or  New Yankee Workshop. Even The Woodwright’s Shop, sometimes, because it was working on projects by hand (read: no power tools). One of the reasons I think TOH appealed to me then, and definitely one of the things I enjoy about most of the home improvement shows now, is the demo and reconstruction. Taking the existing bones of a structure and modifying it into something new(er).

Which brings us back to HGTV. One of our favorite shows (well, mine, at least), is You Live In What? After the recent post about how an abandoned Wal-Mart was repurposed into a library, I thought it would be fun to look at various repurposing projects – both things that have been done, and things that should be (or, to lament their abandonment)…

Another aspect of the series, just to keep things interesting, will be to include what I think are cool architectural things that would make either interesting structures to repurpose in the future, or neat things to steal from life and repurpose into fiction.

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Something to be Grateful to Wal-Mart for…

One of my fellow SHU folks shared this on Facebook, and it got me thinking. Here’s a reason I can like Wal-Mart, even if it’s an indirect reason.

I know what you’re probably thinking: but it’s Wal-Mart? I know, I know… it’s an okay place to shop, but for a variety of reasons that I won’t really get into here, it’s not my first choice of a go-to destination for all of my shopping needs.

Anyway, consider this:

That’s from an abandoned Wal-Mart that was someone saw as an opportunity, and converted into a public library. Go here for the full piece, and well as some other pictures. The reason to be grateful? Wal-Mart built (and left) the shell, which meant it was more of an “upfit” than a new build.

Now what can we do about all of those other empty big-box stores?



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