Building `ScrapHouse'


Architecture Column


Is it possible to build a house entirely of salvaged materials?

Architects, artists and contractors in California did just that for a temporary demonstration project called ScrapHouse.

Architect John Peterson, of Peterson Architects in San Francisco, will discuss the project and show clips from a film about it during a lecture at 6 p.m. April 18 at the Wheeler Auditorium of the Enoch Pratt Free Library, 400 Cathedral St. in Baltimore.

Peterson's talk is a prelude to Baltimore Green Week, a series of talks, demonstrations and other events planned April 22 to 28 throughout Central Maryland to promote environmentally friendly design and living.

The week will kick off with an "EcoFestival" from noon to 5 p.m. April 22 at Middle Branch Park. On Monday, chef John Shields will be the host of Green Week's "Food Day," from 10 a.m. to noon, at Gertrude's at the Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive.

On April 26, former Indianapolis Mayor William Hudnut will speak about energizing cities and older suburbs at 6 p.m. at the Brown Center, 1401 Mount Royal Ave. Admission is $13 for adults, $8 for seniors and free for students.

More information about Green Week is available at or by calling 410-225-0330.

`Broken cities'

Rebuilding America's "broken cities" will be the subject of a lecture by architecture critic Paul Goldberger at 8 p.m. April 18 in the Carriage House at Evergreen House, 4545 N. Charles St. in Baltimore.

In a talk titled "After the World Trade Center and Katrina: The Struggle to Repair the Broken City," Goldberger will examine how U.S. cities respond to catastrophic events and the role of architecture and design in the recovery process.

Goldberger is dean of the New School for Design and author of Up from Zero: Politics, Architecture, and the Rebuilding of New York.

The lecture is free and open to the public, but seating is limited and reservations are required. Call 410-516-0341.

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