Every working day, nine heavy trash haulers from the City of Indianapolis pick up large items at curbside and in alleyways.
This couch, mattress, and computer monitor were plucked by Andy, who said he’d already pulled in ten couches this morning. Most days, he makes two or three trips to the Southside landfill with his 18-cubic-yard load. On the side, Andy organizes a small crew that cleans out foreclosed properties, selling the “better pickings” at weekend flea markets — earning a few hundred dollars — and disposing of the remainder at local landfills.
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Who knows … this might be the first governmentally approved building in the U.S. made almost entirely of timber pallets. Designed by Wes Janz, Tayler Mikosz, Ashley VanMeter, and Paul Puzzello, this Indianapolis-based project is currently under review by city and county officials and there appears to be no major issues with giving permission and issuing building permits.
(Consulting designer: Andrea Swartz. Consulting structural engineers: Steve Kessinger and Scott Szentes of Silver Creek Engineering. Builder: Randy King Construction.)
The garage is part of a larger project: the renovation of an existing house and the construction of a new house at 7140 Westfield Boulevard, Indianapolis, Indiana. We will “break ground” in July and anticipate move-in sometime in the spring, 2012. Architect and General Contractor: Paul Puzzello of PUZZELLO Architecture & Construction.
Full Scale Mock Up
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Full Scale Mock Up Lighting Study
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85,000 – 100,000 people plus 50 tractors / drivers rallied around the State Capitol building in Madison, Wisconsin on March 12 to protest the controversial budget repair bill that Gov. Scott Walker signed into law the previous day.
The protestors gathered to show support for state employees who will lose most of their collective bargaining rights and to oppose other cuts in the budget-repair measure. Farmers fear that health care coverage costs will also go up.
The crowd size estimate, given by Madison police spokesman Joel DeSpain, was made four hours after these photos were taken.
For more, see “Tens of thousands of union supporters descend on Capitol for fourth straight Saturday” @ host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/govt-and -politics/article…
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People for Urban Progress (PUP) is an Indianapolis-based 501c3 non-profit organization that promotes and advances public transit, environmental awareness, and urban design. They stand for project-based urban progress.
The initial inspiration for founding PUP? “In July 2008, we (Maryanne O’Malley and Michael Bricker) wondered what would become of the iconic RCA Dome roof material once the stadium was demolished. Upon discovering that the fabric was headed to an Indiana landfill, we began working with Sabre Demolition and Shiel Sexton Powers & Sons to negotiate an alternative solution. Our proposal, and subsequent partnerships with the Indianapolis Parks Department and Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, secured the preservation of 13 acres of material, nearly 90% of the total amount.”
The photograph(s) was taken and composed by Kevin Klinger as a record of a review of his Ball State University graduate studio’s work as hosted by PUP on February 11, 2011. Reviewers included: Michael Bricker (PUP co-founder and co-executive director), Wes Janz, Dick Luton, Wil Marquez, Paul Puzzello, and Donna Sink.
The Green Chair Project was born in 1991 in South Minneapolis when two lawn chairs were stolen from the backyard of Chris Hand and Joel Sisson. As artists, Chris and Joel, with the help of 14 teenagers from the neighborhood, built over 90 green Adirondack lawn chairs in their backyard and just before dawn one Sunday morning, gave them to their neighbors, two for each house, for a two-block stretch of Pleasant Avenue in Minneapolis. This was deemed by the media as a “crack street” and these teenagers were all to easily identified as gang members and “up to no good.” The Green Chair Project proved that given a chance, young people can and want to be productive members of society.
(photo from The Big Stuff Project blog by Josh, text from The Green Chair Project website)