What is Domicology?

Domicology is the study of the economic, social, and environmental characteristics relating to the life cycle of the built environment.


  1. Recognize that manmade structures have a life cycle
  2. Examine the life cycle continuum of the built environment and plan, design, construct, and deconstruct in order to maximize the reuse of materials and minimize the negative impacts of a structure's end of useful life
  3. Identify innovative tools, models, policies, practices, and programs that can sustainably address a structural life cycle
  4. Conduct research on the technical, economic, and policy challenges present in a structure's life cycle and seek to reduce the negative social, economic, and environmental impacts associated with structural abandonment

About Domicology


NEW! - Transforming the 21st Century Built Environment: Selected Student Papers in Domicology

NEW! - Deconstruction Economic Cluster Feasibility Study for Muskegon, Michigan

Have you conducted research related to the topic of structural abandonment? Please share your findings with us here!

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Join us on May 7, 2018 to learn about the state of structural & material abandonment, and learn about the future of our built environment.

Hear from public and private sector leaders as well as researchers in the field.

Participate in a guided discussion to shape the future of planning and design of our built environment.

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