In his "How to Make an Attractive City," Alain de Botton says what many today think: our new cities do not equal our old ones. Is he right? Are we developing our cities to accommodate growth in the best ways? Are we making places that will be economically robust, environmentally and culturally sustainable? Are we enhancing the beauty, value, and identities of our communities with each new building we build?
Join your fellow professionals and academics, and special guests including, among others, Andrés Duany and Michael Mehaffy, at the Center for Advanced Research in Traditional Architecture (CARTA) from 9:30am to 4:30pm on Sunday, October 4, 2015, at the University of Colorado Denver College of Architecture and Planning in the vibrant downtown of Denver, Colorado for a day of learning, discussion and debate about these timely questions.
Register here: https://www.regonline.com/CARTA2015Symposium
As American cities and towns build staggering amounts of new housing, as more historic buildings are bulldozed in neighborhoods and replaced with non-contextual infill, as suburbs expand outward and cities re-urbanize, it is clear that something is lacking in our architectural response. Whether we consider Peter Buchanan's "The Big Rethink" essays published in The Architectural Review in 2013, or Steven Bingler's and Martin Pedersen's December 15, 2014 New York Times editorial "How to Rebuild Architecture", or Jeff Sheppard's April 4, 2015 Denver Post editorial "Denver is a great city, so why the bad buildings?", architects and critics from Denver, New York, Phoenix, Portland, Seattle, London, Paris and more are realizing something in today's architecture is unsatisfying.
As architects question contemporary architecture, untold numbers of citizen groups fight against almost every new development project arguing that crime and congestion will increase, that light and open space will decrease, or that there will not be enough parking. Citizens argue against density, municipalities push for more, and friction between constituents builds. But are the anti-density, anti-growth refrains really the root of citizen concerns? Or is there unease more about new development that is unfamiliar in character and out of scale with the places they love and call home?
(Old and new development on West 35th Avenue at Navajo Street in Denver's Highland neighborhood shows contrasting ideas of how to build new housing in a city.)
For the past 30 years traditional urban design methods and patterns have been studied, applied, and advanced by New Urbanists, resulting in many new traditional towns, retrofitted suburbs, Smart Growth, and Form-Based Codes. Can we also learn from traditional architecture?
There are traditional housing typologies rarely being used today that might provide more diverse and affordable options. There are historic patterns and design languages we could learn from to make infill more harmonious with the character of place. Perhaps connecting to such traditions can strengthen the identity and character of a community instead of erasing it. Perhaps the wealth of knowledge contained in traditional architectural patterns and methods can answer the chorus of criticism rising against much contemporary architecture.
The Center for Advanced Research in Traditional Architecture (CARTA) at the University of Colorado Denver College of Architecture and Planning was established in 2015 to investigate and solve problems such as these. Join us for our first symposium, examine issues such as these and others related to the development of some of America's fastest growing cities, and discuss what positive alternatives traditional design can offer.
During our one-day symposium, Sunday, October 4, you are invited to join with your fellow architectural, urban design, development, and preservation professionals to address the above issues. Subjects will include case studies from Denver and other American cities facing similar development pressures. Brief lectures will kick-off small-group discussion sessions where you will be able to discuss the issues presented and share strategies for improvement. Our goal is high-level discussions between fellow professionals, allowing each participant to expand their range of reference and to critically examine their own ideas for improving the built environment. Unlike most conferences, we aim not to present answers, but to raise questions and engage you in developing answers.
In addition to Sunday's symposium, there will be informal pre-event walking tours the afternoon of Saturday, October 3, 2015 from 3:00pm until 6:00pm. Participants will visit neighborhoods in Denver where new development is occurring, and share experiences and best practices with each other while in the field. Saturday evening will also include a welcome party and networking event beginning at 6:00pm.
CONFERENCE SCHEDULE OVERVIEW:
Saturday, October 3, 2015, 3:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Sunday, October 4, 2015, 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
College of Architecture and Planning
1250 14th Street, Second Floor
Denver, Colorado 80204
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3—3:00PM – 6:00PM
Join with your peers to visit some of Denver’s historic and developing neighborhoods and examine in-person the issues that will be discussed at Sunday’s symposium. Meeting points for walking tours will be announced.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3—6:00PM – 7:00PM
Welcome cocktail party and networking. Location for reception will be announced.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 4—9:30AM – 4:30PM
Listen to dynamic presentations, engage in debate on the issues, and strategize with your colleagues in small working groups. Continental breakfast and buffet lunch will be served. Sunday's symposium will be held at the College of Architecture and Planning, 1250 14th ST, 2nd Floor.
MONDAY—TUESDAY, OCTOBER 5-6
Don’t miss the informative sessions of the Traditional Building Conference: Materials and Methods, as it returns to Denver for the second time. See www.traditionalbuildingshow.com for further information. CARTA is very proud to host the Traditional Building Conference at the University of Colorado Denver.
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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION OR QUESTIONS:
CHRISTINE G. H. FRANCKDirector, Center for Advanced Research in Traditional ArchitectureCollege of Architecture and PlanningUniversity of Colorado DenverUSPS Mailing address: Campus Box 126, P.O. Box 173364, Denver CO 80217-3364Physical address: 1250 14th Street, Suite 2000, Denver CO 80204Telephone: (303) email@example.com/CUDenverCARTA@CUDenverCARTA (CARTA)