Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Urban Waterfronts 28 Taking Shape

The Waterfront Center's annual conference will be held Nov. 4 to 6, 2010, at the Marriott Baltimore Waterfront Hotel, located directly on Baltimore's storied harbor, amid the burgeoning Inner Harbor East Neighborhood created in the last ten years or so. It inspired this year's conference theme: The City Resurgent. Inner Harbor East is a humming mixed-use neighborhood with living spaces, officers, hotels, markets and shops, restaurants and cultural features. The harbor is never far from view. The program topics are being considered now, with a deadline of Jan. 15 for submitting suggestions. After the 12 session topics have been decided, candidate presenters will be sought. Preceding the conference that runs all day Friday Nov. 5 and half Saturday, Nov. 6, is an all-day workshop featuring the Baltimore waterfront in its entirety.

A local committee has already met once to plan the itinerary and is having another session this month. Serving on the local committee are David Benn, principal, Cho Benn Holback; David Carroll, director of sustainability, Baltimore County; Laurie Schwartz, principal, LS Consulting; Keith Weaver, head, EDSA Baltimore office; and Steve Ziger, principal, Ziger/Snead Architects.

To get a taste of what the Baltimore workshop might be like, visit the Center's website: and click on the conference button. Included here are photos from a comprehensive boat tour of Seattle's waterfront from last year's meeting. The first hotel registrations were made in January!

Awards Deadline June 30
Entries to the Center's annual Excellence on the Waterfront awards program must be postmarked by June 30,2010. The jury, headed by Fran Hegeler, development director, will convene in July in Cape May, N.J., for the better part of two days to select Honor Awards for built projects, comprehensive plans, and grassroots citizen efforts. Student work may be considered in a separate process but if not, will be screened by the regular jury. A new category in projects added last year is Public Works. Work is welcomed from the whole range of waterfront undertakings, with parks and the public realm usually the largest entry category. Preservation and the working waterfront, commercial and mixed-used projects, housing (provided there is public access) and artistic and cultural work are among the other categories. Entry forms for this year will soon be available on the Center's website.

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