3905 N. Janssen, Chicago Map
There's no architect on this project, as it's an un-project: Chicago's first residential deconstruction, currently underway on a 2-story home at 3905 N. Janssen. Deconstruction is the process of carefully dismantling a building in order to salvage components for reuse, as opposed to demolition, where buildings are smashed with wrecking balls and bulldozed, leaving components in bits and pieces. Although salvage of valuable architectural elements such as some plumbing fixtures, light fixtures, built-ins, and sometimes woodwork occurs in Chicago, never does it occur on the scale seen here, down to every last stud. Kudos to Urban Habitat Chicago (UHC) and The Reuse People for this accomplishment, and let's hope it becomes a growing trend. Our photo is provided by UHC.