Challenge 2. Create a Functional, Useful, Purpose Driven Design.
Challenge 5. Create a Sustainable Design.
Challenge 6. Abide by Designed-for-Disassembly (DFD) principles.
On the left is an exploded diagram of the Sustainable BirdHouse, each part was modeled and fitted in 3D for conflict resolution and to provide detailed construction plans. Finite details were added, notice how the interior is purposely an untreated/unstained raw wood (non-toxic) surface. Like a tailored suit, each piece was measured, well thought, and intended to make a thoughtful and well crafted product. FYI – Dimensioned Detailed Plans available, email: email@example.com
*This Project was also Featured in the August 2011 Issue of SketchUp-Ur-Space SketchUp Magazine*
Once the project was designed with Google SketchUp 3D Digital Modeling software, I added some lighting/material effects with VRAY render and took a photo of a nearby tree, and then compiled the layers with Adobe Photoshop for this Conceptual Digital Visualization of an Eastern Screech Owl flying into his new home, with young family waiting his arrival. Yes, [Healthy Smart Sustainable] Design and Visualization is what I do BEST!
Disassemble ReClaimed / Salvaged Materials
DeConstruct Cabinets, Microwave, & Bed Frame
ReUsing salvaged items is an extremely important theme in this project. I tried to minimize waste, and maximize material efficiency and usage. It was a tough challenge to work with ReClaimed Items, because I never knew what I would or wouldn’t find. The materials I did find were limited, so I was very careful to disassemble them without causing damage.
I have posted 3 videos. In the first video, I am further disassembling the Cabinets. Notice how I pry off the 2″ oak frame that is nailed to the face. Removing this allows the rest of the frame to be easily taken apart. Watching this video, you get a REAL sense of how quickly these things can come apart. As this video plays, you can hear me discuss the Overall Design / Build process, and I also narrate as I continue to work. By the end of this video, you will see a pile of 1″x12″ boards that have been ReClaimed from the Salvaged Cabinets and are almost ready to use on a Sustainable BirdHouse.
After I had cut the outer steel casing off the microwave, I took a small hammer and block of wood and beat the sheet metal somewhat flat. The steel microwave casing was perfect for the roof. Once the sheet metal was prepared, I took it to Dixie Duct & Fabrication in Roswell Georgia, where Mike the shop foreman bent the metal from the microwave to a 166 degree angle (180-14). He put a nice clean professional bend in the metal, and it looked great. It was the architectural touch the Sustainable BirdHouse needed.
I used the table saw to mill planks. Then I measured for the entry hole and used a scroll saw to cut the planks as marked. Then, I drilled holes in the planks, and fit them with a socket set screw, which is put in place with a ratchet, and then the screw is then tightened or loosened into the threaded connection with a hex key.
I salvaged the socket set screw from a bed frame, and was lucky enough to find 8, in order to connect the Sustainable BirdHouse for easy assemble / disassemble purposes (& D.F.D.) It was a neat design, and I was extremely excited that it worked perfectly.
From the Images on to the right, you can see the attention to detail on the finished Sustainable BirdHouse.
Notice the Hinge Door (for easy cleanout) on the left side of the nesting-box, and the ReClaimed porcelain Birdbath with RainWater Catchment rainchain on the right side. This was a super-fun project!
It’s true, hardwork does pay off! We made it! BIG thanks to all the folks who contributed their time and to all our Sponsors who made the 3rd Annual BirdHouse Social on 8/20/11 an amazing success !!!
On that afternoon, the “Owl Creation”, Designed and Built by Andrew Telker was auctioned off to help support the projects of the Architecture for Humanity Atlanta [AFHA] organization.
The BirdHouse Social is the signature fundraising event for Architecture for Humanity Atlanta [AFHA], that showcases creative birdhouse and bat box designs imagined by some of Atlanta’s most creative personalities. The outdoor courtyard at Studioplex played host to this magical evening combining music, interpretive bird dance and fanciful birdhouse displays. Designing a birdhouse for auction, shows support and commitment to humanitarian design in Atlanta and beyond. Visit: http://afhatlanta.org/blog /birdhouse-social/
Remember, you can READ this and other ECO-BLOGS at: http://andrewtelker.blogspot.com/2011/08/project-sustainable-birdhouse-designed.html
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Adopt-A-Stream Water-Quality Chemical Monitoring
Beltline Clean-Up with Architecture for Humanity Atlanta – 06.25.11
I always enjoy learning about water. This is the second annual tour of the plant, and I was able to attend last year as well. Keeping up with the local water treatment methods (both uptake & discharge) and locations is vital to understanding the larger picture in Regards to Water Use & Water Conservation. Today, I toured the Plant with my colleague Tony, and we both were awed as Mike Leonard, Water Operations Manager showcased the latest Water Filtration technology. The Software and computer monitoring were impressive to say the least. We also learned that Caustic Soda, Chlorine, Fluoride, Sand, Charcoal, Gravel, and Aeration all played a part in the Filtration process at this Water Uptake & Filtration Plant. See more pictures of the afternoon here: MyFacebookPage Read More about Water Quality Monitoring & Assessment in Georgia. Read the 2025 Comprehensive Plan & Study regarding the Hydrology, and WaterShed (and Greenspace) in Roswell GA. Check out the GIS Georgia FLOOD MAP.
|Barbara Pyle, Captain Planet, Andrew Telker
World Premiere of Captain Planet DVD Screening on 4.6.11
What an Amazing Night, with so many Local ECO-Voices. Captain Planet and the Planeteers, series creators, and environmental experts came out tonight and rallied the GOOD GREEN Energy of Atlanta as Architecture for Humanity Atlanta, Renew Social Ventures, and the Planeteer Movement proudly hosted:
Steven Shappiro, a fellow colleague of AHFA, started off the show with some good ECO-Insight and then led into a brief introduction of our Honored ECO-Guests. Erin Glynn of the Sierra Club was in attendance, as well as Eco-Builder Robert Soens of Pinnacle Custom Builders. We had several other ECO-Leaders in the community, to many to mention here.
Next, We screened Episode 1. A Hero for Earth – Gaia, the spirit of the Earth, summons five teenagers from five different corners of the world to help her in the battle to save the planet. For their first assignment, the Planeteers battle Hoggish Greedly, whose oil rig operation is jeopardizing the coastline.