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The year 2007 marks the 150th anniversary of the founding of the American Institute of Architects, and to celebrate AIA National is encouraging all its chapters to donate time, money, and effort in improving their environments. In the case of our chapter, we are building on a growing interest in the development of the architecture of downtown Ann Arbor with a lecture series. The four seminars begin with a discussion of urban design, architecture, preservation, and the qualities of a well-designed urban environment. The second seminar talks about the planning tools used in constructing that environment, from form-based zoning to design guidelines. Seminars three and four focus on the application of design guidelines in government organization and presents other localities that have implemented similar rules.
This lecture series has been discussed for several months now, but no dates or topics had been set. Flyers are available online here and a more updated one here but I have not seen them distributed anywhere. Unfortunately, although design guidelines are of great interest to many in Ann Arbor, this series has not been publicized widely. It was not on the front page of the City web site or on the Ann Arbor Discovering Downtown page until after the first lecture had come and gone.
The second lecture is this Thursday, October 26 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at the Downtown Library’s multi-purpose room. The topic is Planning Tools Needed for the Development of Design Guidelines for Urban Environments.
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