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How to Recycle a Building | Atlas Obscura

The Art Deco Carbide & Carbon building in Chicago..

Ward explained how many of the city’s storied buildings, from the Chicago Motor Club to the old Chicago Public Library, still exist today with many of their original features and design elements preserved—even though the structures themselves have been renovated for new purposes.

Source: How to Recycle a Building | Atlas Obscura

Rebuilding Exchange • Rebuilding Exchange is hiring an Executive Director!


Elise Zelechowski, our current Executive Director will be stepping down later this month. We are looking to fill this position immediately.

The Rebuilding Exchange’s mission is to create a market for reclaimed building materials. We do this by diverting materials from landfills and making them accessible to the public for reuse, promoting sustainable deconstruction practices, providing education and job training programs, and creating innovative models for sustainable reuse. www.rebuildingexchange.org Rebuilding Exchange is a non-profit social enterprise and a supporting organization of the Delta institute. Founded in 2008 to address a growing need for a market-based solution to address the high quantities of demolition waste entering our landfills, Rebuilding Exchange now has an annual budget of approximately $1.2 million, 90% of which is earned income.

Position Summary

Reporting to the Rebuilding Exchange Board of Directors, the executive director is responsible for the overall financial and operational performance of the Rebuilding Exchange and leads the Rebuilding Exchange in the fulfillment of its mission and revenue goals, with an eye towards constantly evolving the vision. The executive director provides leadership and management of the operations and strategic growth of the Rebuilding Exchange. This includes management and development of a highly competent team of managers, financial management, strategic partnership development, fundraising, public relations, brand management, and reporting.

For a full position description, please visit http://www.idealist.org/view/job/xNsFBPTdx32D/

The full announcement about the transition can be found here.

via Rebuilding Exchange • Rebuilding Exchange is hiring an Executive Director!.

Designed for RX Made: Upcycled Product Launch by Rebuilding Exchange — Kickstarter

RX Made is on a mission to turn materials from the waste stream into well-made, well-designed products for everyone.

Fund them on Kickstarter!

When you support RX Made on Kickstarter, you help us:

  • Reclaim community “waste” and turn it into an asset
  • Create jobs for local designers and manufacturers, and:
  • Start production of the first edition of designs manufactured by RX Made in collaboration with Strand Design

Founded in 2011 by Chicago Non-Profit Rebuilding Exchange, RX Made evolved out of what was originally a job training program to create skilled workers in the growing field of building deconstruction and materials reuse.The trainees in the program were taught basic carpentry skills, and learned to create furniture from reclaimed building materials salvaged in Chicago. From these beginnings, we have since transformed into a small furniture production shop, hiring both graduates from the training program and talented builders from the furniture making community here in Chicago.

Over the past year, we’ve received such an enthusiastic response to our furniture line that we wanted to explore producing a greater variety of products utilizing reclaimed and locally produced materials. We also wanted to make these products in the same way that we make our furniture; using local sourcing, local design, and local craftspeople.

via Designed for RX Made: Upcycled Product Launch by Rebuilding Exchange — Kickstarter.