4th Wednesday Design Dialogue Tackles Infill Development

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A local series of community forums, the 4th Wednesday Design Dialogues (brought to you by the local chapter of the Urban Design Alliance, a non-partisan group dedicated to fostering community dialogue about urban design and planning issues), will next take on a topic of particular interest to our neighborhoods:  Infill development – that is, the construction of new housing and businesses within established neighborhoods.

Environmentalists and smart-growth advocates say infill development helps create denser, more transit-oriented communities and counteracts urban sprawl; others say infill density causes problems, and upsets the character and design of established neighborhoods.  Who is right?

According to the program for the event, architect Bruce Monighan “will share his experiences and insights related to infill development.”  The intention of the Dialogue is to hear all sides of the issue, and to invite all attendees to consider various options on the subject, whether or not they hold strong opinions for or against infill development.  As the program says, “The goal is for attendees to leave the meeting with an enlightened perspective and new appreciation for the role of the architect in meeting the challenges of designing new buildings to fit within existing neighborhoods.”

The Dialogue will be held on Wednesday, August 26 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the American Institute of Architects offices, at 1400 S Street (the entrance is on 14th Street).  Admission is free.  The building is wheelchair-accessible; and bike racks, on-street parking, nearby bus stops and light rail stations are all available.

For more information, please e-mail Dustin Littrell at: dustinlittrell@hotmail.com

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