April 9, 1989 |
Land in the heart of the Nepalese capital nowadays costs more than 50 times what it cost two decades ago. The phenomenal rise in real estate prices is the result of large-scale construction projects undertaken to accommodate the thousands of country people who are moving into the city each month in search of jobs and a better standard of living. The character of the capital, long regarded as a living museum with its Nepalese-style houses and pagoda temples, is threatened by the building boom.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 13, 2003 |
Pierre Constans, worm farmer and landscape designer, stood back and gazed at his little straw hut. "Are you familiar with the 'Three Little Pigs'?" he asked. In the children's tale, the Big Bad Wolf blows down houses to get at the fat little pigs inside. And the house of straw is first to go. "I don't know if the county of Ventura is big or bad," said the Meiners Oaks entrepreneur. "But I wish they would stop focusing on me."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 3, 1995 |
Most people in Ventura recycle aluminum cans, plastic, glass and paper. Patagonia is recycling a building. The building's steel shell will go to the Oglala-Sioux reservation in South Dakota, said Paul Furtaw, the company's facilities coordinator. The roof tiles were handed over to a contractor for reuse; the concrete slab will be part of a local effort to combat erosion in a river bed.
December 10, 2006 |
Question: We're tearing down part of our 1940s home for an addition and gutting our kitchen for remodeling. I hate to see all these materials end up as trash. How can we recycle some of this? Answer: The idea of a familiar and perhaps beloved structure being demolished and unceremoniously hauled to the trash heap is something the homeowners often dread. In the Hollywood Hills, Derrick Drymon and Nancy Moscatiello felt that way about a vintage but dowdy house they bought and massively remodeled.
April 3, 2005 |
Rene SPENCER was tooling around her neighborhood one day a couple of years ago when the sight of a home demolition stopped her in her tracks. The Long Beach resident had just purchased a Craftsman home built in the 1920s and wanted authentic materials for an extensive renovation the house required. With the contractor's permission, she retrieved door trim and a stove that would have been destined for the dump.
HOME & GARDEN
May 17, 2007 |
EVER wonder how much fossil fuel your garden consumes? Probably not, but in this day of rising energy costs there's talk about whether truly "sustainable" landscaping can be achieved without oil-based products. It's a provocative idea that landscape architect Owen Dell, an expert on sustainable landscapes, will discuss at Saturday's fourth annual Alternative Building Materials & Design Expo (Altbuild), at Barker Hangar at Santa Monica Air Center.
April 17, 1993 |
A San Diego jury ordered Shell Chemical Co. and two other companies to pay almost $50 million in punitive damages to homeowners and a developer for water damage caused by faulty plumbing pipe that the companies manufactured. The class-action lawsuit was brought by 41 San Diego homeowners and the builder of the Briarwood Pointe project against Shell Chemical Co., the U.S. Brass unit of Eljer Industries Inc. and Hoechst Celanese Corp.
April 19, 1990 |
When contractor Paul DiGiovanni Jr. introduced his construction crew to ConForm--a new type of snap-together building block made of lightweight foam--the idea went over like a ton of bricks. How could you build a wall out of something resembling a child's toy or a flimsy Styrofoam ice chest? Construction crew workers shook their heads and stared in disbelief, hoping it was all a joke.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 11, 1990 |
An art as old as the Mission San Juan Capistrano walls is being revived this week in this city's historic downtown area. It's the art of making adobe, in this case using materials found in the back yard of the 19th-Century Avila Adobe on Camino Capistrano, just a block from the mission.