When buildings are demolished IN CHICAGo,
what happens to the materials?
In November 2017, materials experts and design innovators across Chicago convened for three panel discussions on building materials reuse and the future of our city.
Nov 2, 2017
OWNERSHIP traced the lifecycle of buildings from private ownership, to abandonment, public acquisition, and demolition or deconstruction. Panelists shared their knowledge of the regional materials marketplace, exposing economic realities that govern the salvage industry. The discussion considered the role of building materials as community assets.
Nov 9, 2017
SCALE brought together the city’s salvage entrepreneurs, at boutique to industrial scales. Panelists shared successes and challenges in the salvage business and offered ideas for increased adoption of reused materials into new construction. Attendees learned first-hand about existing reuse operations and new models for future development.
Nov 16, 2017
VISION inspired discussion on the local and regional future of building materials reuse in Chicago. Panelists analyzed: labor and workforce development; adaptive reuse and community resilience; industry accreditation; and policy advancement. Panelists envisioned a robust reuse marketplace in Chicago and discussed what it will take to get there.