October 2016 President’s Letter – OctoberFEAST AKA Baltimore Architecture Month

Every organization has its seasonal rhythm and meter. And although our entire annual calendar is filled with wonderful, engaging events, there can be no doubt that October represents a unique convergence of several particularly stellar chapter activities. continue reading

How Preservation is Cool and Makes Red Hot Markets

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. continue reading

“‘We Are Always in the Power of Workmen’: The Creation, Preservation and Restoration of George Washington’s ‘New Room'”

Thomas Reinhart, Mount Vernon’s Deputy Director for Architecture, will discuss many of the new findings that originated from the recently completed 14-month restoration of the “New Room,” and the resulting shift in interpretation from dining room to statement room and picture gallery, in the tradition of grand saloons in 18th-century British country houses. continue reading

Remington Revitalization Tour

Remington is quickly becoming a very different neighborhood than it was 10 years ago. In addition to the impact that the changes are bringing to Remington, this economic growth is strengthening the north/south spine of the city. From there, redevelopment can grow east and west, which is very promising for Baltimore. The current wave of redevelopment began with the adaptive reuse of Miller’s Court for nonprofit organization offices and residences for teachers, then by adding single-family owner-occupied housing, commercial/retail space renovations, and new construction mixed-use. continue reading