We spend a lot of time on TreeHugger discussing adaptive reuse, designing for deconstruction, creative upcycling and repurposing, the connection between reuse and climate change, and even reuse as "the original green job." You've read the blog, now attend Reuse-Conex- the "First of its kind conference highlighting reuse."
Repurpose "The more creative cousin of reuse, repurposing turns old junk into new, functional objects"
ReuseConex is organized by Reuse Alliance, who write:
From selling used clothing to creative repurposing of entire buildings - reuse creates jobs, saves energy, preserves resources, and reduces greenhouse gases. Though more beneficial to the environment, economy and our society, reuse has long been overshadowed by recycling.
Repair "Fixing things that are broken is something of a lost art."
The alliance has an impressive list of members that includes environmental groups, communities, charities and retail outlets, reusing clothing, computers, food, furniture and even film and theater sets.
The conference program is a bit corporate looking and some of the presentations a bit daunting, like "How to Create a C&D; Waste Reuse & Recycling Ordinance," but there are others I want to see:
Garth Johnson, author of 1000 Ideas for Creative Reuse is the keynote. Other topics of interest:
Interior Designing with Used & Repurposed Materials
DIY Green Roofs using Reclaimed Materials
Reuse - the Original Green Collar Job
Making the Materials Management & Climate Change Connection
And somebody listed as Lloyd Adler is speaking about Historic Preservation and Reuse.
Nor is it all serious, but evidently includes fashion shows, art exhibits, a movie night and the Junk Hunks. Sign up at ReuseConex, this one looks like it is worth the trip.