'Rethinking Suburbs II' at Maryland Institute


February 14, 1993|By Edward Gunts | Edward Gunts,Staff writer

The Maryland Institute College of Art, in conjunction with the Home Builders Association of Maryland, will host a one-day conference on June 17 entitled, "Rethinking the Suburbs: Overcoming Impediments to Change."

The event is a follow-up to a successful 1989 Maryland Institute conference entitled, "Rethinking the Suburbs: Visions for the Baltimore/Washington Region."

Organizers say the June conference will explore the obstacles and impediments to innovation and design creativity that are faced by planners, architects and developers working in the suburbs.

Andres Duany, a principal of Andres Duany & Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk Architects, will be one of the speakers. The conference will also include a discussion by city planners, developers and transportation officials, and case studies of local residential developments.

The fee for Rethinking the Suburbs II is $75 per person, which includes lunch. For registration information, call the college at 225-2219.

Homebuyers' seminar

The Inner City Community Development Corp., a non-profit housing group, will sponsor a free homebuyers' seminar Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

It will be held at the Walbrook branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library, 3203 W. North Ave. in Baltimore. Subjects will include:

* How to buy affordable homes from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

* How to qualify for low-interest mortgages targeted for first-time buyers.

L * Maryland Community Development Administration (CDA) loans.

* What to look for before buying a home.

* Down payment and credit requirements.

* What buyers need at the settlement table.

To reserve a seat, call 947-0963.

Downtown Tourism

"The Future of Downtown Tourism: The Convention Center and Beyond," is the title of the next Business Over Breakfast discussion by the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore. It will be held Wednesday at 8 a.m. at the Baltimore Convention Center, 1 W. Pratt St.

Speaking will be Herb Belgrad, chairman of the Maryland Stadium Authority; Bruce Hoffman, executive director of the Maryland Stadium Authority; and Wayne Chappell, executive director of the Baltimore Area Convention and Visitors Association. To register, contact the Downtown Partnership at 244-1030.

Builders' school

The Home Builders Association of Maryland will offer its Certified New Home Sales Professional Course in March. The course focuses on issues related to the selling of new homes and has been approved by the Maryland Real Estate Commission for six hours of continuing education credit. It will be held March 4, 11, 18 and 25 at the Home Builders Conference Center, 1502 Woodlawn Drive.

The Home Builders Association of Maryland will present a comprehensive overview of the new-home sales process during its School of Building and Development. Classes will be held March 22, 24, 29 and 31, and April 12, 14, 19, 21, 26 and 28.

To register or obtain more information, contact Denise Bellamy at the association, 265-7400.

Around the region

* Associated Builders and Contractors Inc. will hold its eighth annual Outstanding Project Awards Banquet Thursday from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at Marriott's Hunt Valley Inn. Nineteen awards will be given to local general contractors for exemplary construction and craftsmanship.

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