Images above featuring: two photographs by Jade Doskow from Freshkills, an upcoming exhibit at Cornell AAP's Hartell Gallery; the Northland Pattern Wall: City of Past and Future Craft by Dennis Maher and the Society for the Advancement of Construction-Related Arts in Buffalo, New York; and the Chacona Block demolition in Ithaca, New York, footage by Jennifer Minner. and See: Wasted Imagination: How city landscapes can be remadeCR0WD Circularity, Reuse, and Zero Waste Development, Demolition Stories, New Publications, and Collaborations with Assembly House 150.


The Just Places Lab is an interdisciplinary platform for research and creative action centered on community memory, public imagination, and the socially just care of places.

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Above: Underneath the Sibley Dome, Mariam Fatima leads other researchers in the Just Places Lab (Yu Wang, Wen He, Melody Chen, Wyeth Augustine-Marceil, and Jennifer Minner) in a J.P.L. formation. Drone footage by Jennifer Minner. 

Poster produced for the 'Deconstructing Demolition' Exhibition

Deconstructing Demolition: An Exhibition on Salvage, Reuse and Deconstruction

As a part of the partner network CR0WD (Circularity, Reuse and Zero Waste Development), the Circular Construction Lab and the Just Places Lab are co-curating the exhibition Deconstructing DemolitionThe exhibition will be hosted from May 11 - September 3 2022 in the atrium of the Tompkins Center for History and Culture located at 110 N. Tioga St. in downtown Ithaca, New York.

The exhibition combining physical building materials with augmented reality and interactive visuals is intended to introduce a general audience to the negative externalities of extant demolition practices and provide information on alternatives in the form of salvage, reuse and deconstruction. Alternatives to demolition are presented through the lenses of environmental sustainability, preservation of community value, employment opportunity, and a reimagining our relationship to the built environment.

As part of the collective effort to put on the exhibition, members of the Circular Construction Lab captured materials and video, conducted research and calculated environmental impacts, as well as curated and built the exhibition. Credits for the exhibition go to Cornell Circular Construction Lab (Felix Heisel, Allexxus Farley-Thomas, Andrew Boghossian, Melody Chen, Joseph McGranahan), Cornell Just Places Lab (Jennifer Minner, Melody Chen, Mariam Fatima, Wyeth Augustine-Marceil, Wen He), Susan Christopherson Center for Community Planning (Gretchen Worth), Historic Ithaca, Significant Elements (Susan Holland, Christine O’Malley),  Finger Lakes ReUse (Diane Cohen), Contento Recycling (Anthony Contento). Thank you to generous support from the David M. Einhorn Center for Community Engagement, the Clarence S. Stein Institute for Urban and Landscape and the Cornell Department of City and Regional Planning and Fred Cowett and Diana Reisman.


Poster produced for the 'Deconstructing Demolition' Exhibition

Land acknowledgement

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On Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ' Homelands

The Just Places Lab at Cornell University is located on the traditional homelands of the Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ' (the Cayuga Nation). The Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ' are members of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, an alliance of six sovereign Nations with a historic and contemporary presence on this land. The Confederacy precedes the establishment of Cornell University, New York State, and the United States of America.  We acknowledge the painful history of Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ' dispossession, and honor the ongoing connection of Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ' people, past and present, to these lands and waters. 

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Dr. Jennifer Minner


Just Places Lab

204 W. Sibley Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853


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