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‘Longing for the City’

Hello! If you’re here because of being invited at the “Longing for the City” talk Wednesday night, welcome!

I’ll post lists of recommended books and resources on this Web site as time permits. Plus, if you have recommendations, please leave a comment here.

Thanks for coming!

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Go to Wednesday’s free urban design lecture

Don’t forget this great event Wednesday at 6 p.m.! Here’s the Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana press release:

Around the Square: an urban design lecture
Hosted by YLNI’s Downtown Development Committee

Almost everyone supports the idea of downtown development in Fort Wayne. But what does it really take to ensure sensible, sustainable, and exciting development in our city around Harrison Square?

YLNI is proud to host Professor Philip Bess, Director of Graduate Studies at the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture. Professor Bess will provide the audience with some of the basic principles of Traditional Urbanism that have been implemented in other cities to facilitate development around urban ballparks.

April 16 at 6 p.m.
Downtown Allen County Public Library – Auditorium

Following the lecture, a Q&A panel will form and field questions from the attendees. Joining Professor Bess on the panel discussion portion of the event will be the founding members of multi-discipline design firm Studio Three:

  • Joseph Blalock, ASLA Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture at BSU-CAP
  • Lohren Deeg, ASAI Instructor of Architecture at BSU-CAP. Founder of Lohren Deeg Design and Illustration. Assistant Director of Community Based Projects.
  • Brian Hollars, AIA Instructor of Architecture at BSU-CAP. Founder of handHEWN Design and Construction.

The panel will be answering questions from the audience as well as previous questions sent in by YLNI members, feel free to send your urban design questions to downtown@ylni.org to have it included in the forum.

Hope to see you there!

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Urban design professor to speak in Fort Wayne

(Jon) If you are interested in city, culture and church, then this lecture later this month is essential listening.

Here’s a shortened version of the press release:

Notre Dame professor Philip Bess will present a lecture and panel discussion about urban design and sustainable development in Fort Wayne.

The event will be 6 p.m. April 16 in the auditorium of the downtown branch of the Allen County Public Library. It is sponsored by Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana.

Bess is an expert in neighborhood ballpark design and his expertise will help the citizens of Fort Wayne determine for themselves what is needed to accomplish a walkable, livable and dynamic downtown.

Bess is the director of graduate studies at the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture. He teaches graduate urban design and theory, and continues his professional work as a design consultant for municipalities, architects and community development corporations working through the office of Thursday Associates. His most recent book is “Till We Have Build Jerusalem: Architecture, Urbanism, and the Sacred.

Following the lecture, a Q&A panel will field questions from the attendees. Joining him on the panel will be the founding members of multi-discipline design firm Studio Three:

  • Joseph Blalock: ASLA, Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture at Ball State University’s College of Architecture and Planning, Founder of Blalock Design Studio
  • Lohren Deeg: ASAI, Instructor of Architecture at Ball State University’s College of Architecture and Planning, Founder of Lohren Deeg Design and Illustration, and Assistant Director of Community Based Projects
  • Brian Hollars: AIA, Instructor of Architecture at Ball State University’s College of Architecture and Planning, Founder of handHEWN Design and Construction

Questions for the panel can be submitted that evening or beforehand by emailing downtown@ylni.org.

The event is hosted by Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana’s Downtown Development Committee and is sponsored by the Downtown Improvement District, Invent Tomorrow, Notre Dame Club of Fort Wayne, AIA Fort Wayne, Ottenweller Co. Inc., Hylant Group, and CB Richard Ellis/Sturges.

Related: Book review of “Till We Have Built Jerusalem”

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Former Honolulu mayor to speak on cities of the future

Andy Mitchell of Martin Riley Architects and AB417 brings news of what sounds like a fascinating lecture coming to town in a couple of weeks:

“(It) will occur in Fort Wayne on March 17th from 4:30-6:00 pm. Jeremy Harris, recent Mayor of the City and County of Honolulu, Hawaii will be at the auditorium at the main branch of the Allen County Public Library discussing sustainable development and the cities of the future. He is visiting with Ball State University’s College of Architecture and Planning and then, through some generous donations from local organizations, will be available to come up to Fort Wayne to give a presentation. He is an excellent speaker and has a vast knowledge to share with us all. I hope you can attend.”

According to his bio:

“During his three terms as Mayor, Honolulu was recognized as one of the best managed cities in the United States.”

After he left office, among other things:

“(H)e served as a national director on the board of the American Institute of Architects, and helped create a new AIA program focused on helping American cities become more sustainable. He was also appointed as a Senior Fellow of the Design Futures Council. Mayor Harris is currently a member of the Sustainability Roundtable of the National Academy of Science and also serves on the National Academy’s Committee to advise Congress on the future policy and research direction of the Department of Housing and Urban Development.”

It is unknown whether the lecture will be recorded. You can read more biographic tidbits about Harris after the jump below.

photo of Honolulu by shchukin on Flickr

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Packed houses

Congratulations to Castle Gallery and The History Center for hosting wildly successful downtown/West Central events over the weekend.

Castle Gallery was packed Friday night for its Holiday Show and Artist Reception. The house was packed with well-wishers from door to roof. The building must be seen to be believed. If you go, be sure to tour the third floor, with a rooftop porch with a spectacular view.

Plus, the hors d’oerves by Joseph Decuis were outstanding.

Photography was discouraged at the event for the sake of the artists, but I understand someone may have taken some photos on behave of the gallery. If they’re online, I’d loved to link to them.

And it was wall-to-wall at The History Center on Saturday for the last weekend of the Festival of Gingerbread.

As usual, what interested me most was the building itself. Are they restoring the ceiling in the old council chambers? I’ll have to try to find out.

– Jon Swerens

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This weekend: Castle Gallery, Festival of Gingerbread

Here are a couple of city happenings of note this weekend:

Artist reception in West Central

Castle Gallery is presenting its free holiday show artist reception today from 5-10 p.m. Art by 21 artists will be represented, and I’m told maybe 16 of the artists will be in attendance. Hors d’oerves by Joseph Decuis will be provided, and you’ll also find a cash bar.

If you can’t attend tonight, the gallery will also be open Saturday and Sunday from 1-6 p.m.

Castle Gallery is in the West Central neighborhood at the corner of West Wayne and College streets. (Google map)

(Painting is “Sunset Sunflowers” by Jody Hemphill Smith.)

Downtown gingerbread

The History Center‘s Festival of Gingerbread wraps up this weekend. You can check out the decorated gingerbread houses today until 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

Regular admission prices apply. Adults are $5 and seniors and students are $3.

The History Center is downtown at the corner of Berry and Barr streets. (Google map)

– Jon Swerens

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