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Speaker Series: Rex LaMore

October 11 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm EDT

Rex Lamore

How the ‘Deconstruction Economy’ Could Help West Michigan

Rex LaMore
Senior Specialist-Outreach, Urban & Regional Planning Program
Director, MSU Center for Community & Economic Development

Domicology, The study of policies, practices, and consequences of structural abandonment.
In the United States 136 million tons of waste per year, or nearly 40% of all construction/demolition and municipal solid waste, is generated by building related construction, demolition, and renovation projects. Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies reported that vacant homes that were not on the market for sale or rental, and could be classified as abandoned, reached a record high in 2012 at 7.4 million. Both studies point to the growing issue of property and structural abandonment for both commercial and residential parcels. With these growing abandonment issues come the issue of government intervention on abandoned properties, the funding of such operations, and then the high quantity waste stream generated from demolition. More…

Also see recent MSU research about Domicology

About Rex LaMore
He has more than 35 years of experience in community and economic development, and has focused his career on the unique challenges of revitalizing distressed communities, and policies and practices related to promoting equitable and sustainable development.

LaMore’s instructional roles include teaching Environmental Planning and co-teaching MSU’s Urban Planning Field Practicum course for undergraduate and graduate students. A number of his publications, research reports and handbooks are available online. He is the chairperson of the Williamstown Township Planning Commission, which recently adopted the state’s first “Green Zone” land use classification. This innovative zoning classification is designed to preserve environmental, social and economic sustainability along a segment of the historic Grand River corridor.

He was elected to the board of directors of the Michigan Association of Planning in 2012. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Michigan State University and his doctorate from the University of Michigan.


October 11
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
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