Event Detail

The Courthouse Is Now In Session:

Shaping Livable Cities - Community and Connection

September 6, 2013 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Kendall College of Art and Design
in association with AIA Grand Rapids, AIA Michigan, and the Michigan Historic Preservation Network
Is pleased to present:

Grand Rapids-Hong Kong

The Courthouse Is Now In Session:

Shaping Livable Cities - Community and Connection

The Woodbridge N. Ferris Building, Grand Rapids' Historical Federal Building
17 Pearl Street NW
Downtown Grand Rapids

Friday, September 6, 2013
5:30pm Wine & Cheese Reception
6:30pm Presentation with Dessert & Coffee

We all want vibrant, sustainable, and livable communities: historical buildings help. A stroll through Heritage Hill and past the Meyer May house makes walking more interesting because the buildings and landscape become storytellers.

Joining the past to the present and the present to the past is not always easy. Done thoughtfully, preservation can knit past and present together to create a whole greater than the sum of the parts.

Join a distinguished panel in conversation about the how history can create stronger communities, and ones that are not stuck in the past:

Kendall is honored to have Mayor George Heartwell, City of Grand Rapids and Brian Conway, Michigan State Historic Preservation Officer, to give opening and closing remarks.

Ron Bogle (Washington, DC), President of the American Architecture Foundation, home of the Center for Design and Cultural Heritage and partner in Save America’s Treasures—Connecting communities through buildings and sites that help us understand our history and shared cultural heritage.

Robert Theel, Chief Architect of General Services Administration Region 5 (Chicago)—Historic buildings that anchor communities and revitalize downtowns.

Tom Mathison, Senior Principal, TowerPinkster, and Gene Hopkins, Preservation Architect, HopkinsBurns Design Studio — Renewing the Woodbridge N. Ferris Building as a placemaker.

Joyce Lee, Trustee, Grand Rapids Art Museum — Moderator, with a brief overview of Renewal in Hong Kong through historic courthouse renovation.

Space is limited. Please RSVP early.

Individuals with disabilities who require special accommodations to participate should contact the KCAD President's Office at 616.451.2787 x1150 at least 72 hours in advance.
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