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Soul of the City: How to Balance Old with the New

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Join us this Wednesday for the next Soul of the City: How to Balance Old with the New as part of the AIACV Architecture Festival happening now.  Facilitators for this dialogue will be Bruce Monighan, AIA and Craig Hausman, AIA.

As we look for ways to make out cities more sustainable we have many tools available and one of the best of those is to use infill of existing lots and to increase unit density and/or site coverage. Infill brings with it new challenges as higher densities, increased square foot per square foot of site, the use of sustainable materials and sustainable design theories are often expressed differently than in older buildings.

Existing neighborhoods are typically a mix of building styles, age and condition. How the integrity of the neighborhood is perceived is often different between those who have made their home there and those that are new to the neighborhood.

So exactly what does “protecting a neighborhoods’ character” mean? Is it “faux historic”, is it density, is it style?

We will look for a new understanding on how infill can be both free of historic ties and still respect historic context. The program will promote dialogue between neighborhood residents, developers, designers and policy makers and look for new ways to define common understanding and agreement on how we evaluate compatibility with context and move away from the “pattern book” solutions to designs in historic or sensitive areas.

When: October 24 at 5:30-7:30
Where: AIA Central Valley Chapter Gallery  1400 S Street, Suite 100, Sacramento

Cost: $5

Register: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/268068

Event information: https://www.facebook.com/events/344397702314159/

More information about the Architecture Festival: http://www.aiacv.org/festival2012/events/

All are welcome! The discussion is part of the AIACV Chapter’s series called "Soul of the City," an engaging dialogue series between the public and the design profession on issues of importance to the community and the region with a focus on improving communication, understanding and collaboration.

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