Buffalo ReUse and the Building Materials Reuse Association (BMRA) are co-sponsoring the first Great Lakes Building ReUse Conference, November 16 through 18, 2008 in Buffalo, New York. This will be the first regional conference on developing and implementing building deconstruction and other creative solutions to address problems and solutions surrounding vacant and abandoned structures.
Featured presenters include Tyree Guyton of the Heidelberg Project, Detroit Michigan; Jay Williams, Mayor of Youngstown, Ohio; Rick Lowe of Project Row Houses, Houston, Texas and Michael W. Groman of the Philadelphia Green Program.
The conference will include several course tracks to highlight innovative practices in building reuse and vacant property stabilization around the country. You can continue to learn about these issues and to apply what you’ve learned at an optional training titled Designing A Project For Deconstruction which will be held on Wednesday, November 19th. The training will be a mix of presentations, Q&A, a hands-on job-site visit with exercises for participants, and a general forum for discussion.
Participants are also encouraged to attend pre-and post-conference tours of the city which will highlight the important stories of Buffalo and the city’s incredible architecture, as well as stories of both persistent decline and new hope, largely emerging from citizen-led revitalization efforts.