October 28 – 30, 2019
Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens
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The equivalent of 40 New York cities are going to be built around the world every month for the next 40 years. Construction and demolition waste are 40% of our landfills. We all live and work in buildings, so we all have a stake in how they are built, how they are maintained and how they come down.
The deconstruction of buildings and the reuse of their materials limits waste and preserves resources while creating jobs, expanding local economies, and supporting local community development. Deconstruction & Reuse 19 (DRC19) is the only national conference that looks at how communities can create, support and develop reuse economies. This year it comes to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania October 28th to 30th.
Keynote speakers at DRC19 will include Francesca Russello Ammon, author of Bulldozer: Demolition and Clearance of the Postwar Landscape, and Elma Durmisevic of 4D Architects in Amsterdam and Research Leader of BAMB Reversible Building
Design, an EU Horizon 2020 project enabling a systemic shift to a circular building sector with 15 partners in 7 countries working together.
Sessions will cover three tracks:
- Buildings: how do we design, engineer, deconstruct, and preserve our buildings to sustain their value?
- Reuse Economics: exploring the operational side of reuse centers, including retail markets, best practices, operational systems, and process efficiencies.
- Communities: how can deconstruction and reuse support workforce development and jobs, community development, and local economies? How are communities facing the challenge of practicing and legislating for deconstruction and reuse?
Attendees will hear from the top deconstruction and reuse professionals across the nation, as well as architects, engineers, designers, and historic preservationists who are finding creative ways to build a world without waste. We will also explore how cities like Portland, Oregon; Atlanta, Georgia; Vancouver BC; San Antonio, Texas; Phoenix, Arizona; and others are exploring deconstruction and reuse to help mitigate the effects of climate change, to promote environmental justice, and build community resilience.