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East Spring Street Neighborhood Association President Greg Roberts passes along the following information about upcoming local learning opportunities, the first this afternoon:

Using the Wikipedia Model to Revitalize the Downtown

Thursday, September 14

4:00 pm

Standard Oil Building, Room 236

426 West Bloom Street, (near 4th and Cardinal Blvd)

SUN (U of L’s Sustainable Urban Networks) is sponsoring a presentation and film by prominent Washington D.C. new urbanist Neil Takemoto who founded the firm “CoolTowns”, along with Louisville developer David Barhorst The presentation will begin with a short movie or you can see it on quicktime at City Cafe will be providing appetizers and drinks for this event.

Wikipedia uses the concept of “crowdsourcing” – large groups of people independently collaborating to solve a problem or create a vision. Typically, developers construct buildings then market it via realtors without any public input, and it shows – the downtown isn’t very attractive to younger people. The “crowdsourcing” model looks to establish a ‘beta community’ of future downtown residents, and allow them to direct investors and developers to build exactly what they want, where they want it, at the price they can afford. The presentation will be fun, bold, creative and interesting. For more information on the award winning Sustainable Urban Neighborhoods, please visit the website:

Sustainable Housing Design

Saturday, September 16, 2006

10:30 am

Urban Design Studio

507 South Third Street

SUN (U of L’s Sustainable Urban Network) and AIA (American Institute of Architects) is sponsoring a forum on Sustainable Housing Design this coming Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at the Urban Design Studio in downtown Louisville on September 16.


John Gilderbloom, University of Louisville College of Urban and Public Affair

Panel Members

Michael Barry, Architect, 7107 River Road

Michael Huston, architect, Butchertown Houses

Mark Isaacs, Architect, Overlook Court

Anne Del Prince, Architect, Keefe Residence

Gary Waltous, architect, Shah Residence

Representative from Bravura, Architect for Waterfront Park Place

AIA House Tour

Sunday, September 17

1:00 – 6:00 pm

AIA (American Institute of Architects) Central Kentucky Chapter is pleased to announce 7 houses to be featured in this year’s AIA House Tour to Benefit Habitat for Humanity. All homes on the tour are recently completed projects by local architects. A $15 ticket gains you access to the self-guided tour of all 7 houses and may be purchased at any of homes on the tour. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to experience the cutting edge of residential design in Louisville! This year’s tour includes an exciting mix of downtown multi unit condos, downtown & suburban single family homes, and river road single family homes. To purchase tickets in advance or for more information, contact Sarah Mascarich at or 502-315-6227.


1. Waterfront Park Place – 222 E. Witherspoon St., Downtown, Louisville

Architect: Bravura

2. Butchertown houses – 927 Franklin Street, Louisville
Architect: Michael Huston

3. Overlook Court – 2400 Overlook Hill Court, Highlands
Architect: Mark Isaacs, AIA/ Isaacs Associates Architects

4. Morris House Addition – 1314 Everett Ave, Highlands
Architect: Mary Jackson, AIA

5. River Road House – 7107 River Road
Architect: Michael Barry

6. Keefe Residence – 6902 Beachland Beach Road, Prospect, KY

Architect: Anne Del Prince, AIA

7. Shah Residence – 1706 Longwood Circle, Prospect, KY

Architects: Gary Watrous, AIA

Relationship Between Housing, Historic Preservation &

Downtown Revitalization

Tuesday, September 19

3:15 – 4:30 pm

Marriott Downtown Hotel

Donovan Rypokema, one of the most important thinkers in urban planning, will talk about the relationship between housing, historic preservation and downtown revitalization.

Landscape Illusions

Friday, October 13

9:00 – 10:30 am

Galt House East

Adriaan Geuze is one of the Netherlands most famous housing developers. He is the man who built bold, innovative, sustainable housing on abandoned and polluted docklands of Amsterdam. Adriaan Geuze, senior design partner of award-winning Dutch landscape design firm West 8, examines the changing nature of landscape in the urban environment as part of the 2006 Idea Festival. Response by David Mohney, Dean of the University of Kentucky College of Design. Go to the websites to get free tickets Idea Festival Or call 502-584-2121

University-Community Partnerships

Monday, October 16

4:00 pm

Standard Oil Building, Room 236

426 West bloom Street (near 4th and Cardinal Blvd.)

John Gilderbloom, professor at the University of Louisville College of Urban & Public Affairs, will release his DVD on University-Community Partnerships (UofL’s Sustainable Urban Networks). The DVD features remarks from former President Clinton, former HUD Secretary Cisneros, President Derek Bok of Harvard, Mayor Jerry Abramson of Louisville and Sam Watkins of Louisville Central Development Corporation and features a slide show of West Russell “before during the early 1990’s and today.

For more information, please contact:
Melissa Mershon, Director
Louisville Metro Department of Neighborhoods
400 South First Street
Louisville, KY 40202
502-574-2320 W
502-574-4227 Fax