Family Owned since 1963
Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc. Lic. #9473
RESIDENTIAL & COMMERCIAL
Specializing in the design and installation of high efficiency heating and air conditioning systems as well as high efficiency radiant heat and solar systems.
3418 Girard NE, Albuquerque NM • 505.884.2675 w w w. t h o m p s o n h e a t i n g c o o l i n g . n e t 66
S U C A S A W i n t e r 2011
the fabric samples into cushions, which might be useful around the—here it comes—free hot tub, which I’d rig to a solar hot-water collector. I’m still working on what to do with the satellite dishes (I have one of my own to add). Maybe a shallow planter, a birdbath, or a target for suction-cup arrows. Or fill them with Quikrete to make stepping stones. Therein lies the provocative call to action of The Revolutionary Yardscape. The major stumbling block is our own imaginations. Levesque dedicates the early pages to a manifesto of creative improvisation as he invites the reader “to an ongoing exploration of the design options offered by reusing locally available building materials in the garden.” With the motto “adaptation is the rule of the day,” Levesque talks about letting your creative mind slip a few gears to cultivate new ways of looking at objects whose use would otherwise be dictated by conditioned thinking. The art of repurposing depends on seeing “new analogies,” as he suggests, substitutions of purpose from this to that. Here’s one: drill holes in the bottom of an old metal tool box, prop open the lid, fill it with friendly soil, and plant flowers in it— instant rural/industrial design. Reader beware. A particular aesthetic results from these kinds of materials. Whether it suits your place, you decide. Levesque focuses the book on how to approach materials and design through reuse, where and how to find useful materials, and the tools you’ll need to transform them. He also shows you what he’s done on his small lot in California, with photos illustrating the cool results. Covering the yard or garden from top to bottom, The Revolutionary Yardscape is organized into chapters about the garden as room; floors, walls, overhead structures, and furnishings; and lighting. I know from experience that part of the fun in using recycled materials is the scavenging, the art of the hunt. Sometimes I go out intentionally, prowling around places like Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore (they’re all around), Albuquerque’s Coronado Wrecking & Salvage, or construction sites (with permission). Or I’ll browse the classified ads and online boards like Craigslist. Levesque calls this the “art of downstream shopping,” and he’s got
Su Casa Winter 2011