Over the past year, Details Deconstruction and Brick + Board have embarked upon a project to deconstruct vacant houses across the city of Baltimore. No dynamite or wrecking balls here- the plan is to take the houses apart, floorboard by floorboard, joist by joist, and brick by brick.
The project is a pilot of sorts, a collaborative attempt between the City of Baltimore, Details, Brick + Board, local businesses and non-profits, and community members to tackle blight by deconstructing vacant houses. Unlike traditional demolition, the idea is to create: create jobs for local residents, create value by salvaging building materials, and ultimately create vital spaces where the vacant homes once stood. This blog will document the deconstruction process, but it will also tell the stories of the people who built these homes, the people who inhabited them, and the people who are deconstructing them.