Breathing Lights was a temporary public art installation, held in October and November of 2016, in which the interiors of vacant houses in Albany, Schenectady, and Troy, New York, were lit with lights that mimicked the rhythm of human breathing. Its purpose: to change people’s perceptions of vacant buildings and to bring attention to the need to revitalize these structures and their communities.
To help people in the communities see high vacancy as opportunity, cities that held the Breathing Lights exhibits also held building reclamation clinics. Open to the public, these one-day clinics took attendees through the steps from finding a vacant house, to financing a rehabilitation, and establishing end goals for the houses. Here, we’ve summarized their work into a step-by-step toolkit.
Learn more at http://savingplaces.org/stories/how-to-reclaim-a-vacant-house.