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Showcase Of Inspiring Community Redevelopment Projects Is Topic Of National Forum Hosted By U.Va. Architecture School

November 4, 2005 --

WHAT:       Bruner Loeb Forum
“Placemaking for Change: Non-Traditional Models of Community Revitalization”

WHEN:        Friday, Nov. 11, 8:30 a.m.– 4 p.m.

                     Various speaker times below

WHERE:       Campbell Hall, Room 153


Reese W. Fayde, CEO of Living Cities: The National Community Development Initiative

Friday, Nov. 11, 12:30 p.m.–1:30 p.m.

Campbell Hall, Room 153

The most innovative community revitalization projects in the country will be presented by their creators at this nationally prestigious forum, hosted this year by U.Va. 

The projects include a downtown streetcar project in Portland; an affordable housing complex powered by state-of-the-art solar panels and microturbines in downtown Santa Monica, Calif.; and a group of rehabbed historic rowhouses in Houston, which now house art galleries and after school programs for a disadvantaged neighborhood.

The people who made these projects happen will be sharing their insights with community planners from across the country, who will be attending the Bruner Loeb Forum at the University of Virginia School of Architecture on Friday, Nov. 11.    

The Bruner Loeb Forum is a collaboration between the Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence (RBA) and the Loeb Fellowship Program at Harvard University, two of the preeminent national programs dedicated to the built environment. Two forums are offered each year — one at the Harvard Design School, and one in a different city.

The all-day event includes a welcome address at 9 a.m. by Maurice Cox, U.Va. associate professor of architecture and former mayor of Charlottesville and Loeb Fellow in 2004-2005; James Stockard, curator of the Loeb Fellowship Program; and Simeon Bruner, founder of the Rudy Bruner Award. The morning and afternoon sessions each include presentations of two projects followed by group discussions by forum participants.   

Below are more details about the featured speakers and their projects.

9:15 a.m. Morning Session

Colorado Court

Santa Monica , Calif.

Speaker: Angela Brooks, Principle; Pugh + Scarpa Architecture

Colorado Court is one of the few affordable housing projects in the country to effectively combine sustainable energy systems with affordable housing and quality architectural design. Located in downtown Santa Monica, Calif., it includes 44 units of affordable single room occupancy housing, and incorporates state-of-the-art sustainable energy systems, including photovoltaic solar panels, a series of passive solar features from siting to ventilation systems; and a micro-turbine that supplements solar panel energy generation.

Project Row Houses

Speaker:  Rick Lowe, Founding Director

Project Row Houses has forged new connections among Houston, Texas, communities through the rehabilitation of 22 historic "shotgun" style houses which now provide art gallery and installation space, showcasing the work of prominent African-American artists. In addition, Project Row Houses provides five houses and support services for single working mothers, and a variety of daycare and after school programs for neighborhood youth.

12:30 p.m. Keynote Speaker

Reese W. Fayde, chief executive officer, Living Cities

Reese Fayde is the chief executive officer of Living Cities: The National Community Development Initiative, a partnership of leading foundations, financial institutions and the federal government that is committed to improving the vitality of cities and urban neighborhoods. Living Cities funds the work of community development corporations in 23 cities and uses the lesson of that work to engage in national research and policy development.

1:30 p.m. Afternoon Session

Lawrence Community Works

Lawrence, Mass.

Speaker: William Trainor, executive director, Lawrence Community Works

Lawrence CommunityWorks is a non-profit community development corporation dedicated to the sustained economic and physical revitalization of the city of Lawrence, Mass. CommunityWorks comprises a dynamic group of families, organizations and institutions. Grassroots community organizing and the belief that "Community Change is Powered by People" are the basis of the CommunityWorks revitalization effort.

Portland Streetcar Project

Portland, Ore.

Speaker:  Rick Gustafson, Chief Operating Officer

The Portland Streetcar Project has contributed to the continuing development of a high quality, livable urban environment in Portland by serving high-density areas, reducing auto trips, and delivering safe, clean, cost-effective transit services. It includes 2.4 miles of double track streetcar linking five districts on the west side of Portland. The Streetcar Project has resulted in reclamation of a 70-acre brownfield site, and in $1.4 billion of private and institutional investment since 1999, encompassing both residential and non-residential uses.

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Contact: Jane Ford, (434) 924-4298

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