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How Preservation is Cool and Makes Red Hot Markets

November 5, 2014 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Relations You Never Expected: Building Preservation and Economic Development

Presented by the AIABaltimore Urban Design Committee

1.5 AIA/CES (HSW) credits
1.5 AICP/CM credits

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) once the domain of geeks has lately become a cool tool of choice to visualize the inner workings of cities.  For this year’s Urban Design Lecture, the AIABaltimore Urban Design Committee has invited Michael Powe to demonstrate the creative data mash-up that he developed for Baltimore as a pilot project of the National Partnership for Building Reuse sponsored by the Urban Land Institute ULI and The National Trust for Historic Preservation. Learn to read Baltimore with new eyes, and see how preservation, the scale of blocks and building stock, transit, and bars relate to economic development.

The presentation will be followed by a panel of experts and city policy makers to discuss this application of these findings in Baltimore, new market opportunities, as well as incentives and barriers to the reuse of Baltimore’s vast resources in historic and existing building stock.


About the Speaker:

Mike Powe. Ph.D
Senior Research Manager, Preservation Green Lab, National Trust for Historic Preservation

As Senior Research Manager of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Preservation Green Lab, Dr. Michael Powe leads research efforts empirically assessing the contributions that existing buildings and commercial districts offer communities. With his colleagues, Mike recently completed work on the Green Lab’s “Older, Smaller, Better” project, which used maps and statistics to demonstrate the critical role that older, smaller buildings play in supporting the social, cultural, and economic vitality of urban neighborhoods. He has spoken about this work in cities across the country and has participated in live and recorded interviews for television, radio, and print media in numerous markets. At the Green Lab, Mike is part of a team that aims to unlock the inherent strengths of old buildings to save natural resources and strengthen local economies. Mike holds a Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree (2006) and a doctorate in Planning, Policy, and Design (2010), both from the University of California, Irvine. He has worked as a researcher and community development professional in Texas, California, Florida, and Washington.

Sponsored by Hord Coplan Macht 


November 5, 2014
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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