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Tonight - An Energetic review of urban planning visions for Tacoma by David Boe

WEDNESDAY,   November 14th,  2012,   from 7 - 8:30
     Presenting DAVID BOE, discussing and showing his drawings  
    Tacoma - The City we Build: Revisited
     An energetic review of urban planning visions for Tacoma - from Olmstead's Plan to Exit 133
       David Boe
   $5 donation at the door
   Madera Furniture Company  
   2210 Court A, right off Pacific and S 24th in downtown Tacoma, within a couple of blocks from El Gaucho.
   This event hosted by TRIPOD slide show series.


MLK EIS & sub-area plan - Final Open House - December 5th

The final open house for the MLK Subarea Plan is scheduled for December 5th 2012 from 6:00PM to 8:00PM at The Evergreen State College Tacoma Campus’s Lyceum Hall, room 105.

The City of Tacoma has been working with residents, businesses and property owners to prepare a Subarea Plan and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Martin Luther King Jr. Neighborhood ("MLK").  The completed Plan and EIS are intended to encourage development and economic revitalization in the MLK District on Tacoma's Hilltop.  Over the past year the City has held open houses for community involvement in the process of establishing a vision for future public and private investments in the MLK District. 

Can't make the meeting? your can still provide input through the online survey located at the City of Tacoma's website - http://www.cityoftacoma.org/Page.aspx?hid=15998
They are looking for hte opinions of persons 
who work in MLK and who would be interested in living in MLK – particularly in the catalytic mixed use structures this plan will develop within the next couple of years.  Depending on the results of this survey, and the characteristics of the catalytic sites and developers, potential MLK mixed use housing developments could look like the examples - Denny Park Apartments and Pontedera Condominiums in Seattle. Both projects are mixed use buildings with ground floor or street level retail and housing units over parking decks and both are also sustainably designed with low maintenance materials, natural lighting, energy efficient appliances, and rain/stormwater retention and reuse. Info on these example developments can be found at the above website as well as other additional information.

Artist Live/Work Space: Can it work in Tacoma?

Free Panel Discussion - Wed. Nov. 28, 6-8pm New Frontier Lounge
presented by the Tacoma Arts Leadership Lab

Join Arts Leadership Lab on November 28th for a panel discussion and question and answer time exploring what live/work space is, some of the issues and benefits related to artist live/work spaces, how it can be done sustainably and affordably, ways to use/reuse Tacoma's historic architectural assets, and other related topics.  

Historic Tacoma and AIASWW have been working with city staff to revise land use and building codes to allow live-work spaces which will be a great way to re-use older commercial and industrial structures throughout the city and revitalize areas like the Brewery and Dome districts.  

Who should attend: artists, advocates, developers, and anyone interested in continuing a conversation about artist live/work space and the reuse of historic buildings in Tacoma
When: Wednesday, November 28, 6 - 8 pm
Where: The New Frontier Lounge, 301 East 25th St, Tacoma
Cost: FREE, no RSVP needed
The panel of experts includes:
Rebecca Morton, ArtSpace
Ben Ferguson, BLRB Architects 
Deanne Belinoff, artist/resident at Tashiro Kaplan live/work space
Sharon Winters, Historic Tacoma
Introduction by Amy McBride, Arts Administrator, City of Tacoma
Moderated by Traci Kelly, Tacoma Arts Commission and Arts Leadership Lab

Artists Invited to Create Welcome Gateway to Downtown Tacoma

The City of Tacoma invites artists and/or artist teams living in the United States to respond to a Request for Qualifications for a $185,000 Sound Transit Public Art Program (STart) commission by midnight, Pacific Standard Time, on Mon., Dec. 17, 2012. The selected artist or artist team will create gateway artwork for the south entry to downtown Tacoma at Pacific Avenue and South 26th Street. STart is collaborating with the City’s Arts Program staff in managing this project.
“This gateway artwork that Sound Transit is commissioning is part of a larger capital project that has reshaped the south end of downtown Tacoma,” said Tacoma Arts Administrator Amy McBride. “When Sound Transit extended its Seattle-Tacoma Sounder commuter rail line from the Dome District to South Tacoma and Lakewood, a new entry to the southern edge of our museum-rich downtown area was created.”
This new entry is framed by the Pacific Bridge overpass and a landscaped berm that elevates the rail line. Artwork welcoming people to downtown Tacoma is anticipated to be on either side of the berm areas flanking Pacific Avenue. If the selected artist or artist team proposes additional sites for consideration, they would work with Sound Transit to determine where the artwork would best be situated.
For a complete prospectus, visit tacomaculture.org/arts/opportunities.asp or soundtransit.org/start.

Activity at the Old Post Office

Historic Tacoma at the Old Post Office
November 15, 5-8:30,  Old Post Office, Downtown Tacoma. 1102 A Street
Enjoy architectural photos by Gerry Sperry, tour the building and hear about the revival of this 1910 classic as a home for artists workspaces, offices, event space, and the Tacoma School of the Arts. Engage in a conversation about Historic Tacoma's future direction in the ornate 3rd floor former courtroom at Historic Tacoma's annual membership meeting - prospective members are welcomed. 
5pm -  The building & Gerry Sperry photo exhibition open (part of 3rd Thursday ArtWalk)
6:30 - Public tour of the building
7-8:30 Historic Tacoma Meeting with presentation/discussion about the buildings future

Alejandro Echeverri lecture - Nov 14



Presented by SPACE.CITY

November 14, 2012
5:30 pm: Happy Hour
6:30 pm: Lecture
92 Lenora Street
Seattle, WA 98121

Echeverri Tickets
$10 General
$5 Student
$15 Door
Series Pass ( Echeverri & Bilbao )
$15 General
$8 Student
Space.City would like to announce its upcoming Fall Lecture Series, “Un Limited Means.” The series is a play on words which superimposes our own preconceptions that architects working under unique or difficult circumstances, have limited means to create architecture, with the possibility that these very same conditions might actually provide for liberating design conditions. The series will provide a unique view into firms focusing on the roles that local construction techniques, politics, finances, the environment, and social issues play in the creation of their architectural works.
Alejandro Echeverri is an internationally acclaimed architect and planner from Medellín, Colombia, Colombia and Director of the Center for Urban and Environmental Studies at EAFIT University. In addition, as the City’s Director of Urban Projects, Echeverri has played crucial role in the rejuvenation of Medellín. With the support and partnership of the city’s mayor, Sergio Fajardo, Echeverri established public works programs and initiated building a series of visually striking libraries, schools, parks, and community centers in Medellín’s most impoverished areas. The works program even included an elevated gondola that connects some of Medellín’s poorest and most isolated neighborhoods to the rest of the city. Because of these efforts and the his belief in the power of design, Medellín’s crime rate has dropped significantly. Medellín is now considered a blueprint for the future of other cities in the developing world.