When Chicago’s buildings are demolished,
what happens to the materials inside?
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 explored the economic realities that govern the salvage industry, by tracing reused materials from their source, to local or regional end markets. Diverse professionals - from real estate to waste hauling - gathered to discuss the transfer of ownership in a building's lifecycle. Audience members were offered unique insight on materials ownership, community wealth, and private value.
Nov 9, 2017
SCALE brought together entrepreneurs of existing reuse businesses in Chicago, from boutique to industrial scales. Panelists shared successes and challenges of the salvage business model and shared ideas for increased adoption of reused building 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 by inviting dialogue on the topics of: labor and workforce development; adaptive reuse and community resilience; industry accreditation; and policy advancement and implementation. Panelists envisioned a robust reuse marketplace in Chicago and discussed what it will take to get there.