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Program for 2012 Conversations RE: Tacoma announced. First “Extreme Makeover” event Sept. 27

Post by Peter Callaghan / The News Tribune on Sep. 4, 2012 at 4:21 pm with No Comments »
September 4, 2012 4:24 pm

The annual set of panel discussions has been growing in attendance since it was created in 2009 by civic groups interested in urban design. The theme of this season’s three-program series is “Extreme Make-Over: Façade Improvement Projects.”

The first program this year will be held Setp. 27 beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the New Frontier Lounge in the Tacoma Dome district (301 E. 25th Street).

Speaking will be Jim Nicholls, senior lecturer with the University of Washington School of Architecture; Odette D’Aniello, owner of Celebrity Cake Studio; Nick Fediay of the 6th Avenue Business District Association; Sharon Winters from Historic Tacoma; and Aaron Winston, an architectural designer with BLRB Architects; with moderation by Kala Dralle, a program development specialist with the City’s Community and Economic Development Department.

This panel discussion will explore how inexpensive façade improvement projects can spark new energy in a neighborhood, bring under-utilized buildings back to life, and realize economic rewards for business owners.

Ticketing information:
Individual pre-paid tickets are $7.50 through the Conversations RE: Tacoma website at http://retacoma.com Tickets at the door are $10.00. Students admitted free with school ID. Reduced rate series tickets are also available.

Here is the rest of the announcement from series sponsors…

The lecture series:
Conversations RE: Tacoma, an annual 3-part urban design lecture series, was founded in 2009 by a coalition of active community groups with the intent of providing information on and stimulating discussion about the City’s built environment. Each year’s lecture series explores new and different topics, all with the focus of encouraging public engagement and understanding of urban design issues, with specific emphasis on how to take action & implement ideas and proposals. Series sponsors include the American Institute of Architects – Southwest Washington Chapter, the Harris Architectural Trust, the AIA Emerging Leaders Group, Historic Tacoma, and the City of Tacoma.

The other two lectures in this year’s series are:
Thursday, October 11th – Visual Clutter: How to Get Outdoor Advertising Right

Thursday, November 8th – Be Heard: How Neighborhoods Can Engage in the Planning Process

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