Oakland’s Uptown District: An Exemplary Tale of Urban Infill and Reuse

Wednesday, April 24, 2013
5:30-8pm Includes a wine & cheese networking reception after the presentation.
1.5 CES LUs
Cost: $15 AIA Members and Employees of Chapter Member Firms; $21 Non-members

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Infill development and the reuse of landmark buildings are vital — not only for revitalizing urban places but also to create more sustainable transit-oriented regions. To move from idea to reality, however, infill and reuse must overcome enormous physical design and political challenges.

Oakland’s Uptown district offers an extraordinary example of how infill and reuse can be brought about through urban design, new architecture, historic restoration, and community decision making.

On April 24, a special program of presentations and panel discussion will consider factors critical to Uptown’s success. Please join the AIA East Bay in hearing from four design and planning professionals who played pivotal roles:

Peter Calthorpe (Calthorpe Associates) developed the Uptown district masterplan. Calthorpe will describe the challenges of high-density transit-oriented development, and how infill and reuse are essential for environmental sustainability.

Michael Pyatok, FAIA (Pyatok Architects) was instrumental in the discussions surrounding the development of affordable housing in the Uptown district. Since starting his practice in 1984, Mike has designed more than 35,000 units of affordable housing in California, Washington,and Arizona, as well as master planning communities in Hawaii, the Philippines,and Malaysia.

Kurt Schindler, FAIA (ELS Architecture) was the lead architect for the historic restoration of the Fox Theater. Schindler will describe how restoration and reuse were promoted to revitalize the Uptown district and the special design challenges presented by such projects.

Ernie Vasquez, AIA (MVE Architecture) was the lead architect for Uptown’s new residential fabric. Vasquez will explain design strategies that allowed Uptown to deliver enhanced livability, context-sensitive aesthetics, and high urban densities.

Matthew Taecker, Assoc. AIA (Taecker Planning and Design), an urban designer and planner with thirty years of urban revitalization and infill experience, will serve as moderator.

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