Operating at the intersection of architectural conservation and waste, Local Technique conducts interdisciplinary research that explores underlying patterns of material use and exposes new ways of conceptualizing the relationship between past and future landscapes.
Green New Deal Landscapes is a series hosted by Jose Alfredo Ramírez and Clara Olóriz Sanjuán, both co-directors of AA Groundlab. Each session discusses the relationship between policy making and our environment and explores how we can tackle climate change through landscape design. In this session, Jane Hutton and Alison Creba discuss building and construction practices aligned with the Green New Deal movement to tackle the environmental breakdown.
[Published on UrbanNext - Fall 2022]
A conversation with Mae Bowley with Jane Hutton. about the work and aspirations of Re:Purpose Savannah, a women-run organisation that trains and employs women in the practice of deconstruction. Like many such outfits, they work to divert materials from landfill as a way to combat wasteful economic and political systems that devalue people, forests and cultural heritage.
[Published in AD - Winter 2022]
Telling the story of demolition in post-war Toronto, this paper traces the entanglements between construction and demolition on three scales: as urban processes, professional and cultural shifts in the demolition industry, and as material, where shifting perceptions determined how it shaped the Lake Ontario shoreline. Research conducted in collaboration with Jane Hutton. [Summer 2021]
Chronicling the demolition and deconstruction of Toronto's Honest Ed's, this article inhabits the space between a structure's presence and absence to suggests that engagement with demolition and deconstruction constitutes a form of conservation that also commemorates the site’s ongoing transformation. Published in the Journal of Cultural Heritage Management and Sustainable Design
Published in a special issue of Architectural Design, this article describes how the Brussels-based architecture and art collective - Rotor - have gained particular prominence in the flourishing reuse sector through their unique approach to research. Rotor are well known for design work using reclaimed materials and deconstruction processes. Co-authored with Lionel Devlieger
The result of a 6-month research project conducted in Brussels, Belgium, this experimental essay examines the role of peripheral urban spaces in transforming material values. Made possible with support from Carleton University's NSERC CREATE program and Mitacs' Globalinks Research Award.
[published fall 2018]
This research project uses Honest Ed's/Mirvish Village in Toronto as a case study to consider the roles that the site plays in conserving, adapting or transforming the physical and associated values of building materials through processes of demolition and deconstruction.
The result of a 4-month research term at ERA Architects, this report reviews the intersections of architectural conservation and waste and proposes hypothetical tools to address the gaps identified. Made possible with support from the SSHRC funded New Paradigms, New Tools grant for Architectural Conservation at Carleton University.