On November 4, the Brick Industry Association and the Baltimore/Washington Brick Distributor Council will be hosting “The True Cost of Development and Its Impact on Communities on November 4, 2014 at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland.  The seminar will be worth 3 AIA Learning Unit Hours HSW or 3 AICP CM Learning Units as a series of three speakers address the following topics:

Community Character in Baltimore
Thomas J. Stosur
Baltimore City Department of Planning

For well over 200 years, Baltimore has been an ever-evolving urban center. Its strategic location on the Chesapeake Bay has always made it attractive for shipping and industry, and port-related uses are still flourishing in the outer harbor. The Downtown Central Business District has long served as the region’s hub for finance, real estate, and professional services, and boasts a host of impressive office towers. Over the past few decades, economic restructuring, demographic shifts, and advances in technology have brought drastic changes to Baltimore. These forces play out in different ways across the city’s landscape, and they manifest themselves in the city’s urban form and architectural character. How does the City of Baltimore convey its urban design goals and encourage high-quality urban design? How does the City preserve what is best about its urban fabric and architectural character but promote new investment that creates jobs and attracts new residents? What are the urban design challenges and opportunities to be addressed in neighborhoods experiencing disinvestment? This session will speak to the Planning Department’s role in fostering an urban design vision for the City and the tools it uses to preserve and enhance community character throughout Baltimore.

The Federal Government as a Good Neighbor: In It for the Long Haul
Karen Handsfield, AICP, LEED AP
Program Analyst
U.S. General Services Administration

The GSA is very interested in the power of public architecture to inspire citizens with pride in their government and their country as well as in the ability of federal facilities to contribute positively to the communities in which they are located. The influx of investment for a new federal facility or renovation to an existing one can catalyze neighborhood improvements—in terms of street life and foot traffic, in supporting local business growth, in fostering development where the private market might not otherwise go—when the facilities are located and designed with the urban context in mind. The many types of buildings GSA designs, constructs, and manages all have different roles to play but with one thing in common: all of them are intended to be long-term community fixtures. This program will highlight the ways in which GSA works on its existing inventory of buildings and analyzes the design of future buildings to leverage community goals while meeting the needs of federal government agencies.

Looking Beyond Buildings to Create Sustainably Responsible Communities
Dan Winters, CRE
Senior Fellow - Business Strategy and Finance
U.S. Green Building Council

The USGBC’s LEED rating system is designed to transform our built environment by engaging market forces. By transparently differentiating assets based on key attributes, LEED is shaping our built environment for generations to come. LEED works in concert with additional tools including STAR Communities and EcoDistricts to inspire and help create better, more sustainable inter-connected neighborhoods that look beyond the scale of buildings to consider entire communities. Learn how market participants are implementing best practices to achieve the ultimate goal of creating beautiful, economically prosperous, and environmentally responsible places to live, learn, and work.

Also included will be a tour of Camden Yards along with a lunch and networking opportunity to wrap up the day.

Register now at www.gobrick.com/BaltimoreEvent about the seminar, or contact Kelly Ewell at kewell@bia.org or 703-674-1544 for more information.