Partial Deconstruction

The Partial Deconstruction Pilot Project was staged to measure the economic and environmental impacts of building removal within neighborhoods where people and blight exist side by side. The Partial Deconstruction team purchased ten vacant, blighted houses through the local Wayne County Tax Foreclosure Auction in order to remove nuisances from the neighborhood using demolition and deconstruction tactics. Through an unlikely collaboration, they deployed geologists, demolition contractors, futurists, deconstruction work crews and time / motion studies in our quest to understand and measure the building removal process.