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‘Growing Urban Habitats’
U.Va. Symposium To Focus On Innovations In Multifamily Housing For The Next Generation

August 5, 2005 --

WHAT:       Symposium — “Growing Urban Habitats”

WHEN:       Friday, Sept. 2, and Saturday, Sept. 3

WHERE:     U.Va. School of Architecture

                Campbell Hall, Rooms 153 and 158

WHO:        Architect Teddy Cruz

                Principal, estudio teddy cruz

WHAT:     Keynote Address — “Border Post Cards”
WHEN:     Friday, Sept. 2, 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
WHERE:   Campbell Hall, Rooms 153 and 158

California architect Teddy Cruz will give the keynote address at the University of Virginia’s Sept. 2-3 symposium Growing Urban Habitats. Cruz has worked primarily in the bicultural territory at the border between San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico, where radically different cultures, societies and economies coexist. His talk, “Border Post Cards,” will focus on the integration of theoretical research and design production. Community engagement shapes the projects in his practice, with topics including urban analysis and architectural design, interiors, furniture, installations, public art and landscape.

The Growing Urban Habitats symposium, which will continue on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., will bring together local and national design and development professionals to explore and discuss innovations in multifamily housing for the next generation. Symposium presentations, discussions and case studies will focus on affordable housing, building community, multifamily housing and the creation of prototype models based on green building and landscape technologies. 

The keynote address and the symposium are free and open to the public.

The Growing Urban Habitats program,a collaboration of the Charlottesville Community Design Center, Habitat for Humanity Charlottesville and the University of Virginia School of Architecture, is part of a multiyear educational project to increase the capacity of local and national design and development communities to capture and implement ideas generated from the Urban Habitats competition for the design of a new housing development model in Charlottesville. The educational program has four objectives.  They are:

  • To expand the design and building repertoire of mixed income, green, medium-density affordable home and gardens models;
  • To reconfigure financial models for mixed-use multifamily housing that will capture a more diverse marketplace — a variety of family groups, the elderly, assisted living and mixed income communities;
  • To evaluate public- and private-sector policies, approval and review processes that will support and create incentives for new mixed-use building and site development; and
  • To reformulate implementation processes to include prefabricated construction, compact design plans, sustainable building operation and ecological site infrastructure.

The symposium is co-sponsored by the University of Virginia School of Architecture and the Charlottesville Community Design Center.

For details and the symposium schedule visit www.arch.virginia.edu.

Contact Jane Ford, (434) 924-4298

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (434) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (434) 924-7550.

SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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