City, citizens celebrated in Architecture Week

October 15, 2006|By Taya Flores | Taya Flores,Sun Reporter

When the Archdiocese of Baltimore razed a century-old apartment building last month, the public outcry was loud. But in the ensuing cloud of dust, architect Anne Raines saw a silver lining.

"Residents have an appreciation - if you look at recent big events like the demolition of the Rochambeau and how people came out, they show that people know what makes a good building and urban space," said Raines, chairwoman of Baltimore's Architecture Week. "There is a very strong awareness in the city."

Raines says the American Institute of Architects' third annual Architecture Week aims to celebrate urban space not only for architects, but also for the city and its residents.

"We wanted this to appeal to the general public and brought in architects ... to focus on how architecture relates to folks' daily lives," Raines said.

Highlights of the festivities - which actually stretch through Tuesday, Oct. 24 - include a 5K and a 10K walk around historic neighborhoods; a discussion by noted architect Robert A.M. Stern, dean of Yale's School of Architecture and designer of the forthcoming 10 Inner Harbor skyscraper; a presentation on Bolton Hill by historian Frank R. Shivers Jr.; and a panel discussion on the work of Raymond Loewy, the father of industrial design.

Some events will also address the larger implications of architecture.

Charles Alexander, in a lecture on his firm's designs for religious spaces, will discuss architecture's ability to find meaning in design and materials that speak to religious communities.

Anirban Basu, an economist who is chairman of Sage Policy Group Inc. in Baltimore, will discuss economics that support environment-friendly design.

The co-producer for this event, David Pratt, owns a "green building" consulting firm and wanted to educate the public on these ecological structures.

"I don't think people have a high level of design and environment awareness because it has not hit the mainstream," said Pratt, "and until it does, we need to continue the advocacy effort."

Architecture Week events

Room with an inward view: lecture by Charles Alexander on spaces for religious purposes. Reception 5:30 p.m. tomorrow; lecture 6 p.m. Bolton Street Synagogue, 212 W. Cold Spring Lane. Free. 410-465-8207 or

Panel discussion on Raymond Loewy: Designing for a consumer culture: 6 p.m. tomorrow. University of Baltimore Student Center, multi-purpose room, fifth floor, 21 W. Mount Royal Ave. Free. 410-455-1440 or

Anirban Basu lecture: Reconciling sustainable design and development economics. 6 p.m. Tuesday. Hopkins Downtown Center, Charles and Fayette streets. $20 AIA members, $30 nonmembers. 410-715-2588 or

Environmental design for a healthy community: lecture by David Orr, professor at Oberlin College. 6 p.m. Wednesday, followed by reception. Hopkins Downtown Center, Charles and Fayette streets. $20 AIA members, $30 nonmembers. 410-685-2002 or

Bolton Hill: Classic Baltimore neighborhood: discussion led by historian Frank R. Shivers Jr. 7 p.m. Thursday. Corpus Christi Church, 1316 W. Mount Royal Ave. $15. 410-332-9992 or

American Institute of Architects Ball and Awards: 6:30 p.m. Friday. Scottish Rite Masonic Center, 3800 N. Charles St. $45; students $20. 410-625-2585 or

5K and 10K Architectural Walk Around: Registration 8 a.m. Oct. 22. Meet at AIA Baltimore headquarters, 11 1/2 W. Chase St. Free. 410-383-2722 or

Robert A.M. Stern lecture: Dean of Yale's School of Architecture and designer of the forthcoming 10 Inner Harbor skyscraper. 6:30 p.m. Oct. 24. Graham Auditorium, Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St. Free. 410-547-9000, ext. 236, or

Raymond Loewy exhibit: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, through Nov. 25. Fine Arts Building, UMBC. Free. 410-455-3188.

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